Union City in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Union City Methodist Episcopal Church
During 1836-37, cabinetmaker David Hull led the organization of the township's first religious society. Circuit-riding ministers held services for Union City's fledgling Methodist congregation on alternate Sundays. The group me in several places until a "New and Commodious" church was built in 1848, one-half block west of here. In 1880 the Coldwater Republican announced that the Methodists would "build a new brick church next season." The present church was dedicated in 1881.
This High Victorian Gothic, auditorium-plan church as constructed in 1880-81. Because this church so closely resembles the Constantine Methodist Episcopal Church, designed by the Grand Rapids architectural firm of Robinson and Barnaby, it is believed to have been the work of the same firm. John R. Simmons, a Scottish woodworker from nearby Girard, reportedly built the church. The church was dedicated on August 28, 1881.
Erected 1993 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1835.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
Location. 42° 4.021′ N, 85° 8.217′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker is at the intersection of Ellen Street and Ann Street, on the right when traveling west on Ellen Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Ellen St, Union City MI 49094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The French & Trading Posts (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union City Civil War Monument (about 700 feet away); Titlow House & Parachute Factory (about 700 feet away); The Flood of 1908 & Broadway Bridge "Island" (about 700 feet away); First Congregational Church (about 800 feet away); Union City Milling and Mill Race Outlet (about 800 feet away); Riverview Park (about 800 feet away); Caille Richards Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
Also see . . . Union City United Methodist Church. (Submitted on June 10, 2013.)
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