“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Gaylord in Otsego County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 8, 2010
1. First Congregational Church Marker
Inscription.  The First Congregational Church is the oldest congregation in Gaylord. In 1874 the Reverend James McKay founded it as a mission church with twenty-one members. It was officially organized three years later. In 1878 the Reverend Abram Van Auken arrived, and construction began on a church, dedicated in 1879. That church has been incorporated into the present structure. In 1957, as a result of a national merger, this congregation joined the United Church of Christ.
Erected 1992 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1635.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 45° 1.543′ N, 84° 40.614′ W. Marker is in Gaylord, Michigan, in Otsego County. Marker is at the intersection of South Otsego Avenue (Business Interstate 75) and West Second Street, on the left when traveling south on South Otsego Avenue. The marker
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and church are located two blocks south of Main Street (State Highway 32). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 West Second Street, Gaylord MI 49735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elk, Oil and the Environment (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Otsego County (about 600 feet away); Five Rivers Fountain (about 600 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial (about 600 feet away); Otsego County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Gaylord Iraqi/Enduring Freedom Memorial (about 600 feet away); Gaylord, Michigan (about 600 feet away); Hogan's Jewelers (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaylord.
First Congregational Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 8, 2010
2. First Congregational Church and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2023