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

Gerald Davison's Hilltop House

Union City Heritage Water Trail

Gerald Davison's Hilltop House Marker image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Val Rossman, June 17, 2016
1. Gerald Davison's Hilltop House Marker
Union City Heritage Water Trail website entry #22
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1926 UCHS graduate and creative entrepreneur, Gerald Davison (1908-75) was the founder of Duo Coach Trailer (Marker #12). Upon selling that enterprise, he designed and built many unique Frank Lloyd Wright style homes in Union City and on Sycamore Bend along the St. Joe River during the 1950s and ‘60s. This was his personal home designed with every room offering a spectacular view of the St. Joe. His wife painted many river scenes from these windows. He utilized the blood red corner stone from the Leonard rural school and butternut doors from the old Bostwick house when he built it. His homes are known for low slope roof lines and Crab Orchard Stone floors from Tennessee. You will notice several more of his designs just past here. He was Union City’s mayor from 1951-54. Current owners Greg and Donna Hull have done much to care for this historic home.
Erected 2016 by Union City Heritage Water Trail. (Marker Number 22.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWaterways & Vessels
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. In addition, it is included in the Michigan - Union City Heritage Water Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 42° 3.902′ N, 85° 8.859′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. This marker is on private property please do not attempt to access it by trespassing on foot. It is meant to be viewed by paddling the St. Joseph River as part of the Union City Heritage Water Trail. It is on the north bank of the river downriver from the Park St. Bridge in the west edge of the Union City. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Head of St. Joe Navigation (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elkhorn Lodge: Home of "Skinny" Bullock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indigenous Residents (approx. ¼ mile away); Carp Rodeo (approx. ¼ mile away); Alumni Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Park Street "Spencer" Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Arbogast Bridge (approx. half a mile away); The French & Trading Posts (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
More about this marker. There are 28 of these markers comprising the Union City Heritage Water Trail on the Coldwater River and the St. Joseph River launched in 2016 for the village's Sesquicentennial. These markers can be viewed by paddling the 5 mile stretch of river from the JP Palmer Launch in the Village of Union City to the Riley Dam on the SW Corner of Union Lake. Most of these markers CANNOT by accessed by foot as they are on private property along the river. Please do not trespass. More details can be found at
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 17, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 2, 2022