Muskegon in Muskegon County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This three-story wood frame building is one of Michiganís most splendid examples of Queen Anne architecture. With juxtaposition of masses created by roof lines, chimneys, tower and porte-cochere it has become a symbol of Muskegon. Fifteen stained glass windows add to the elegance of the structure, and the interior decoration includes hand-stenciled walls and ceilings, carved woodwork and seven tiled fireplaces. The house is testimony to Hackleyís wealth, and to an era when Muskegon was known as the “Lumber Queen of the World.”
Charles H. Hackley (1837 – 1905) came to Muskegon in 1857. Though he had only $7 when he arrived, he was worth $12 million at the time of his death. He made his fortune in lumber, and when lumber declined, he administered the Chamber of Commerce program that rebuilt Muskegon into a center of industry. His gifts and endowments to the community totaled over $6 million and supported parks, statuary, schools, local churches, a hospital and a public library.
Erected 1988 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number 58.)
Location. 43° 13.894′ N, 86° 15.319′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker located on lawn in front of the Hackley House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 472 W Webster Ave, Muskegon MI 49440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hume House (a few steps from this marker); Union Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lakeside (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jean Baptiste Recollect Trading Post (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bluffton Actors' Colony / Buster Keaton (approx. 3.8 miles away); DeWitt School (approx. 9 miles away); Aloys Bilz House (approx. 11.1 miles away); Grand Haven (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muskegon.
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Also see . . .
1. The Hackley House.
This site includes the Queen Anne style Victorian homes of Muskegon Lumber Barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume. The Hackley House, interpreted to 1890, shows what life was like for one of Muskegonís most well-known citizens. (Submitted on August 19, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Charles Hackley.
One of Michiganís spectacular rags-to-riches millionaires, lumberman Charles Hackley Born in Michigan City, Indiana in 1837, (Submitted on August 19, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Biography: Charles Hackley.
On April 17, 1856, Charles arrived at Muskegon on the schooner Challenge, having worked his passage across Lake Michigan. He was employed that same day by the firm of Durkee, Truesdell and company as a laborer. The agreement with Charles was that he would be paid according to the value of his services. When paid, he received $22 a month, above average for the time. Shortly, his pay increased to $25 per month. (Submitted on August 19, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
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