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Highland in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Village Of Highland Station

 
 
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By Roscoe Smith, September 6, 2014
1. The Village Of Highland Station Marker
Inscription.  In 1872 Almon Ruggles and Germain St. John platted a village called Highland Centre on land between Milford Road and the new railroad. They named two of the village's streets after themselves, while a third honored late Governor Henry H. Crapo. Crapo's Flint and Holly Railroad had recently merged with the Flint & Pere Marquette, which in turn helped complete the Holly, Wayne & Monroe Railway through Highland Township in 1871. The new village grew quickly and on January 1, 1874, post office at Spring Mills was relocated here and renamed Highland Station.

In 1880 John B. Crouse and Henry A. Tremaine built the Highland Pickle Works on East Livingston Road just east of the tracks, while in 1881 Mary Ann Needham began making pickles at her home at the north end of town. Her business became the Domestic Pickle Works, later owned by her son Charles E. Needham. Another son, William Needham, Jr. started producing his own “U-Need-Um” brand name. While the Highland Pickle Works burned in 1896, the Needham family made pickles until the 1960’s.

In 1882 John B. Crouse platted an addition southwest of the original village.
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By Joel Seewald, November 7, 2020
2. The Village Of Highland Station Marker
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McPherson and Clark streets were named for two Highland pioneer families. King Street honored Thomas F. King, manager of the Highland Pickle Works, while John Street was named for Crouse and his son.

By 1900 Highland Station could boast a township hall, depot, grain elevator, stockyard, pickle works, woodworking mill, hotels, stores, churches and a school. Construction of M-59 in 1936 bypassed the village to the north, sparing the original downtown. The post office was renamed simply Highland in 1903, Highland Station continues to be used to refer to the historic portion of the village.
 
Erected 2014 by Highland Township Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1874.
 
Location. 42° 38.285′ N, 83° 37.172′ W. Marker is in Highland, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of West Livingston Road and North John Street, on the left when traveling east on West Livingston Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 West Livingston Road, Highland MI 48357, 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. Methodist Episcopal Church of Highland Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Pettibone Creek Mills (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rowe House
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(approx. 1.8 miles away); West Highland Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Haven Hill Getaway (approx. 2.9 miles away); Edsel Ford's Leadership (approx. 2.9 miles away); Haven Hill Lodge (approx. 2.9 miles away); Haven Hill Carriage House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2014, by Eugene H Beach Jr of Highland, Michigan. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 7, 2014, by Eugene H Beach Jr of Highland, Michigan.   2. submitted on November 10, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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