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

Mason County Michigan Historical Markers

"Sport Fishing" Bas Relief and Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., August 27, 2016
"Sport Fishing" Bas Relief and Marker
Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — "Sport Fishing"By Bryce Petit, Durango, Colorado — Mason County Sculpture Trail —

In the 1960's, the introduction of Coho and Chinook Salmon into Lake Michigan was the beginning of great expansion of sport fishing.

In 1964, over 600,000 Coho smolts were stocked in the Platte River and Bear Creek, both tributaries of Lake . . . — Map (db m98357) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — "The Abbie"A Great Lakes Schooner — By Tyson Snow, Ogden, Utah —

The "Abbie" was the last schooner built at the Ludington docks in 1886 for Rasmus Rasmussen. At 88 feet long, 22 feet wide, and with a 6 foot draft, this double-masted, 88-ton schooner was typical of those that sailed the Great Lakes. On most . . . — Map (db m98353) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — L0484 — S.S. Pere Marquette 18

At least twenty-nine persons died when this vessel sank in Lake Michigan twenty miles off the Wisconsin coast on September 9, 1910. One of the Ludington carferry fleet, the 350 foot S.S. Pere Marquette 18 was traveling from this port to . . . — Map (db m98338) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — S0318 — Armistice Day Storm

On November 11, 1940, a severe storm swept the Great Lakes area. As it crossed Lake Michigan ships and seamen fought to reach safety away from its blinding winds and towering seas. Between Big and Little Points Sable the freighters William . . . — Map (db m98333) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — L1518 — Big Sable Point Lighthouse
(side 1) Called Grande Pointe au Sable by French explorers and traders, Big Sable Point was an important landmark for mariners traveling a treacherous stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline between Big Sable Point and present-day . . . — Map (db m41966) HM
Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — L0404 — Mason County / Mason County Courthouse

(Side A) Mason County The first permanent Euro-American settlement in Mason County began in 1847 when New York native Burr Caswell and his family arrived at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. The Caswells lived in a driftwood cabin . . . — Map (db m97328) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — Mason County Veterans Memorial

This monument is gratefully dedicated to the memory of those Michigan heroes of Mason County who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, in the service of the United States of America.

The monument also places in high esteem all other . . . — Map (db m97332) WM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — S0656 — S.S. Badger / Ludington Car Ferries

(Side A) S.S. Badger S.S. Badger is one of fourteen ships that served in the Ludington railroad car ferry fleet. Badger and its sister ship S.S. Spartan, were built in 1952 by the Christy Corporation of . . . — Map (db m97277) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — S.S. City of Flint 32

In memory of the carferry "S.S. City of Flint 32," driven ashore during the Great Armistice Day Storm of November 11, 1940 about 500 feet off shore of this location. Vessel returned to service. — Map (db m98336) HM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — L2051 — Swedish Lutheran Church
During the 1870s and 1880s, Ludington Swedes, Danes and Norwegians worshipped together as the Scandinavian Lutheran Society. In 1873 the society built a church where all three languages were spoken. The Swedes, who formed their own congregation on . . . — Map (db m106848) HM
Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — War MemorialFor God And Country — Valor —

Dedicated in grateful tribute to the living and dead who through their valiant efforts and bitter sacrifice have made and kept America great

Spanish-American War 1898-1899

World War I 1917-1918

World War II . . . — Map (db m98332) WM

Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — World War I Memorial1917 • 1918
. . . — Map (db m97359) WM
Michigan (Mason County), Ludington — World War Memorial

These elms were planted by the Auxiliary of Edwin H. Ewing Post No. 76 American Legion in honor of the men of Mason County who served in the World War of 1914-1918 — Map (db m98331) WM

Michigan (Mason County), Pere Marquette Township — Boy and Girl Under the Umbrella
For generations of Ludington residents, the statue of the "Boy and Girl Under the Umbrella" was the center piece of the City Park. The statue, made entirely of a cast metal, originally had been positioned on the front lawn of the James Foley . . . — Map (db m107090) HM
Michigan (Mason County), Pere Marquette Township — L600 — First Mason County Courthouse
Erected in 1849 — Map (db m107044) HM
Michigan (Mason County), Scottville — L1677 — Scottville
White settlers came to this area around 1860. In 1876 a station on the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad opened. In 1879, James Sweetland built a sawmill adjacent to the railroad, which precipitated the establishment of a post office for the . . . — Map (db m106796) HM

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