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Rogers City in Presque Isle County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Site of Bertram Building

Historic Site No. 10

 
 
Site of Bertram Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
1. Site of Bertram Building Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  On this site stood the three-story, red brick Bertram Building shown in the photo. When it was completed in 1887, Third Street was only a rough path through the woods. F. E. Bertram, a sawmill operator and store owner, had the bricks brought in from St. Clair, Michigan, on a small schooner. It was reported that he traded lumber for the bricks.

Bertram originally operated a general store in the building. He and his family lived upstairs over the business, a common practice in those days. Over the years, several grocery stores, a five-and-dime, and a ladies' millinery shop occupied the building. The sturdy structure was demolished in 1971 as part of the city's Urban Renewal Project.

The Presque Isle County Historical Museum provided sign text and images. A Vibrant Small Cities Initiative (VSCI) grant from MSHDA and the City of Rogers City funded this project. The City Council and Community Development Authority jointly obtained the VSCI grant. The Design Committee developed the concept. Sign design and engineering by Harry Wierenga of Fleis and VandenBrink Engineering. Valley City Sign manufactured the signs in 2010. The
Marker detail: Historic photo of the Bertram Building image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Historic photo of the Bertram Building
Department of Public Works installed the signs in 2011.

 
Erected 2011 by City of Rogers City & Vibrant Small Cities Initiative (VSCI) grant from MSHDA. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Location. 45° 25.169′ N, 83° 48.953′ W. Marker is in Rogers City, Michigan, in Presque Isle County. Marker is on North 3rd Street north of West Erie Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is mounted at eye-level, near the northeast corner of the building at this address, facing 3rd Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 North 3rd Street, Rogers City MI 49779, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port of Calcite Entry Light (a few steps from this marker); Site of Emil & Lizzie Poch Hardware Store (a few steps from this marker); Emergency Steering Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Rogers City's First Flour Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Gumm Furniture Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogers City Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Presque Isle County Savings Bank (about 400 feet away); Herman Hoeft & Son's General Store (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogers City.
 
Regarding Site of Bertram Building.
Site of Bertram Building Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible at right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
3. Site of Bertram Building Marker (wide view; marker visible at right)
There is currently a law office building at this site.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Rogers City Historic Walking Tour
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 11 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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