“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Iosco County Michigan Historical Markers

Marker detail: 1848 Map of the Great Lakes image, Touch for more information
Marker detail: 1848 Map of the Great Lakes
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — A New Light on the Horizon
Ottawa Point (now called Tawas Point) presents a hazard to navigation as it juts out into Lake Huron. It also shelters Tawas Bay, protecting ships from strong north or northeast winds. In 1850, The Federal government set aside $5000 to build a . . . — Map (db m123998) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — Double Dwelling
It is respectfully requested that the Board take under consideration the advisability of erecting a set of quarters at this station for the assistant keeper. Major Thomas Handbury Corps of Engineers to Light-House Board December 1899 . . . — Map (db m123996) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — Oil House
”Put oil in new Oil House, cleaned same.” Lightkeeper Samuel Palmer, May 26, 1989 Fuel for the Tawas Point light was originally stored in an oil room in the keeper’s dwelling. During the 1870s the Lighthouse Service changed . . . — Map (db m123993) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — Preserving the Light
The New Light Keepers The State of Michigan acquired Tawas Point Light from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002. The light will be managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, and interpreted by the Department of . . . — Map (db m123997) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — Tawas Lighthouse
The point is a “making point.” Annual Report, U.S. Lighthouse Board, 1873 Throughout its recorded history, blowing, drifting sand has constantly extended Tawas Point. This lighthouse was built in 1876 because the end of the . . . — Map (db m123999) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — L2294 — Tawas Point Light Station
(side 1) In 1850 the U.S. Lighthouse Service commissioned a light station to safely guide ships into Tawas Bay. The first light station was built in 1852 at the end of Tawas Point, then known as Ottawa Point. The prisms of its . . . — Map (db m124079) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), East Tawas — The Changing Shape of Tawas PointShifting Sands and a New Lighthouse
The point has steadily made to the southward and westward, and the extremity of it is now more than a mile from the light. Report of the Light-House Board, 1873 Blowing, shifting sand on the point forced the construction of the . . . — Map (db m123991) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), Oscoda — First Methodist Church
Erected in 1865 A.D. by the pioneer lumberman, Henry Martin Loud, who in that year founded in this area one of the largest lumber operations in Michigan. The church burned in the fire which destroyed the town of Au Sable and most of the adjoining . . . — Map (db m123971) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), Tawas — Lumberman’s Monument
Erected to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer lumbermen of Michigan through whose labors was made possible the development of the prairie states. — Map (db m33032) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), Tawas City — 247 — Alabaster
This area is named after a variety of gypsum, discovered offshore by Douglass Houghton in 1837. Prospectors soon began searching for other gypsum deposits, and this quarry was opened in 1862 by B. F. Smith. Used at first as fertilizer and as an . . . — Map (db m120781) HM
Michigan (Iosco County), Tawas City — Konotin-Iosco
Erected 1923 by the citizens of the county to commemorate the organization in 1840 of Iosco County and the establishing in 1856 of the first Post Office in the county with Gideon O. Whittemore as Postmaster. “History . . . — Map (db m121979) HM

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