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Smyrna in Ionia County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Smyrna

 
 
Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 5, 2012
1. Smyrna Marker
Inscription. In 1843 Calvin Smith became the first white settler in the area. N.G. Chase opened a store here the following year. When Dr. Wilbur Fisher, the area's pioneer physician, began operating a rural post office in 1848, he named the community Smyrna after a Greek city. The village, platted as Mount Vernon was also called Mount Vernon Mills. In the 1880s, with a population of 300, Smyrna had a hotel on this site, plus saw and flour mills, a foundry, three blacksmiths shops, two churches and a wagon shop.
 
Erected 1983 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 1063.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 3.547′ N, 85° 15.775′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Michigan, in Ionia County. Marker is at the intersection of North Whites Bridge Road and Button Road (State Highway 91), on the left when traveling south on North Whites Bridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4972 N Whites Bridge Rd, Belding MI 48809, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pere Marquette Railway Depot (approx. 3.2 miles away); Belrockton Dormitory
Historic Smyrna image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, circa 1890
2. Historic Smyrna
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Alvah N. Belding Library (approx. 3.3 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 3.6 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 5.4 miles away); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 6.1 miles away); John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (approx. 6.2 miles away); Fallasburg Covered Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Smyrna. Smyrna is an unincorporated community located in Otisco Township in Ionia County, a few miles southwest of Belding, near the mouth of Seely Creek on the Flat River.
 
Also see . . .
1. Village of Smyrna Informational Site. Center for Geographic Information (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

2. Otisco Township. Wikipedia (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 18, 2012
3. Smyrna Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.   3. submitted on May 18, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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