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Near Holland in Allegan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Wing Mission

 
 
Old Wing Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
1. Old Wing Mission Marker
Inscription.  The main portion of this building was the residence of George N. Smith, a Congregational missionary to the Indians in this area and at Waukazoo's Village on nearby Lake Macatawa. The mission was named after an Indian convert. Built in 1844-45 by Isaac Fairbanks, a government agricultural agent to the Indians, this house is the oldest structure in the vicinity. Nearby were a church and school, and some Indian dwellings. The first Dutch settlers in 1846-47 lodged here and in the Fairbanks cabin on the knoll to the southeast. As the Dutch settlement grew, Smith and the Indians moved away and established a new village on Grand Traverse Bay. Isaac Fairbanks remained in this area and was active in the settlement of Holland.
 
Erected 1969 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number L70.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 
Old Wing Mission image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
2. Old Wing Mission
George N. Smith Home
45.717′ N, 86° 4.038′ W. Marker is near Holland, Michigan, in Allegan County. Marker is on E. 147th Avenue (E. 40th Street) half a mile east of S. Waverly Road (54th Street), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located next to Holland city limits; street names in this area often change between their City of Holland designation and Allegan County designation. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5298 E 147th Avenue, Holland MI 49423, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebenezer Reformed Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Van Raalte Farm (approx. 1.4 miles away); Holland City Hall and Firehouse No. 2 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Knickerbocker Theater (approx. 2.7 miles away); Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Dutch in Michigan (approx. 2.7 miles away); Outpost (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holland.
 
Also see . . .  Old Wing Mission. A publication edited by Robert P. Wierenga and William Van Appledorn. Full titleis Old Wing Mission: The Chronicles of the Reverend George N. and Arvilla Powers Smith, Missionary Teachers of Chief Wakazoo's Ottawa Indian Band in Western Michigan, 1838-1849. (Submitted on May 13, 2014.) 
 
View to East along E. 147th Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
3. View to East along E. 147th Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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