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New Buffalo in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

New Buffalo Welcome Center

 
 
New Buffalo Welcome Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
1. New Buffalo Welcome Center Marker
Inscription. The nationís first Highway Travel Information center opened on May 4, 1935, on US-12 at New Buffalo, not far from here. Other states followed Michiganís lead, and by 1985 there were 251 travel information centers across the nation. The New Buffalo center was built by the Michigan State Highway Department, now the Michigan Department of Transportation, to welcome motorists entering the state via US-12. It was relocated at this site with its more modern building, on April 6, 1972, after the I-94 Freeway was completed. Michiganís state-wide travel information program, which began in 1935, includes staffed welcome centers and interpretive, promotional and informational displays at rest areas and roadside parks across the state.
 
Erected 1986 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1256.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 45.9′ N, 86° 44.436′ W. Marker is in New Buffalo, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Interstate 94. Touch for map. The Welcome Center is just past the state line (leaving Indiana, entering Michigan). Marker is in this post office area: New Buffalo MI 49117, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The New Buffalo Welcome Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
2. The New Buffalo Welcome Center Marker
The Welcome Center is in the background.
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Iron Brigade / The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Eisenhower Interstate System (within shouting distance of this marker); West Michigan Pike (approx. 2.4 miles away); Gordon Beach Inn (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lakeside Inn (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Dewey Cannon (approx. 7.3 miles away); Battle of Trail Creek (approx. 7.6 miles away in Indiana); Camp Anderson (approx. 7.7 miles away in Indiana). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Buffalo.
 
More about this marker. It is a very nice Welcome Center. It has several markers and plaques, a large lighthouse in honor of Michiganís many lighthouses and a large playground for travel-weary children (and their parents!).
 
Categories. 20th CenturyRoads & Vehicles
 
The Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
3. The Welcome Center
“Honor the Dead by Helping the Living” image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
4. “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living”
This marker next to the Welcome Center reads: “Dedicated to the Michigan Men and Women Who Gave Their Lives for Their Country. 1776–1976. Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxilliaries, Department of Michigan. May 1, 1976.”
The Lighthouse across from the Welcome Center. image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
5. The Lighthouse across from the Welcome Center.
“In Michigan, weíll leave a lighthouse on for you.” image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
6. “In Michigan, weíll leave a lighthouse on for you.”
“Over 100 historic lighthouses grace our shorelines—more than any state in the nation. Just as these magnificent beacons helped ships navigate through our lakes, look for this lighthouse to guide you and your family on your travels throughout our Great Lake State.”
Entrance to the large playground image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
7. Entrance to the large playground
“State of Michigan ē Recreation Opportunities Abound ē For People of All Abilities.”
The playground at the Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 9, 2007
8. The playground at the Welcome Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,682 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 9, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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