Alanson in Emmet County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
W. W. Fairbairn
Walter W. Fairbairn came to Alanson in 1888 as a government surveyor. He worked as a blacksmith in Detroit and lived in North Dakota before settling permanently in Alanson in 1892. Three years later, he established a hardware and plumbing business in this building, which also housed the post office. Fairbairn and, later, his descendants served customers throughout the area. The structure has pressed metal siding, which was popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Michigan Historical Commission – Michigan Historical Center
Registered local site No. 2139, 2004
This marker is the property of the State of Michigan.
Erected 2004 by Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 2139.)
Location. 45° 26.484′ N, 84° 47.318′ W. Marker is in Alanson, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is at the intersection of Burr Avenue (U.S. 31) and River Street, on the right when traveling north on Burr Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located beside sidewalk in front of the store. Marker is in this post office area: Alanson MI 49706, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Stafford's Bay View Inn (approx. 7.8 miles away); Woman's Council, formerly Chautauqua Cottage (approx. 8.1 miles away); Epworth Hall (approx. 8.1 miles away); Bay View Historical Museum (approx. 8.1 miles away); First Bay View Fire Hydrant (approx. 8.1 miles away); Hitchcock Hall (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Founded in 1892, the history of W.W.Fairbairn is long and storied!.
Over one hundred years ago, Scottish immigrant Walter Fairbairn turned a $3,000 profit from the sale of wood harvested on his land into the beginnings of what is now a successful hardware, plumbing, and heating supply retailer. (Submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.