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Historical Markers in Roscommon County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Roscommon County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Roscommon County, MI (14) Clare County, MI (5) Crawford County, MI (17) Gladwin County, MI (4) Kalkaska County, MI (8) Missaukee County, MI (1) Ogemaw County, MI (7) Oscoda County, MI (4)  RoscommonCounty(14) Roscommon County (14)  ClareCounty(5) Clare County (5)  CrawfordCounty(17) Crawford County (17)  GladwinCounty(4) Gladwin County (4)  KalkaskaCounty(8) Kalkaska County (8)  MissaukeeCounty(1) Missaukee County (1)  OgemawCounty(7) Ogemaw County (7)  OscodaCounty(4) Oscoda County (4)
Roscommon is the county seat for Roscommon County
Adjacent to Roscommon County, Michigan
      Clare County (5)  
      Crawford County (17)  
      Gladwin County (4)  
      Kalkaska County (8)  
      Missaukee County (1)  
      Ogemaw County (7)  
      Oscoda County (4)  
 
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1Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Civilian Conservation Corps
Under the leadership of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Civilian Conservation Corps camps were established during the early thirties. FDR recruited thousands of unemployed youth and sent them into battle against the destruction and erosion of . . . Map (db m213553) HM
2Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Civilian Conservation Corps Museum — Higgins Lake Nursery Trail —
This museum tells real stories of the more than 100,000 young men who lived and worked in 125 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Michigan. The CCC was one of many nation-wide programs that gave work to the unemployed during the . . . Map (db m213554) HM
3Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Cone Barn
Many Higgins Lake Nursery workers spent the fall and winter months in this building where they stored and processed each autumn's harvest of pine cones. Employees stirred the cones daily to prevent mold before extracting the seeds from the . . . Map (db m213556) HM
4Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Ice House — Higgins Lake Nursery Trail —
This is Higgins Lake Nursery's ice house. It was built in 1912 on the northern shore of Higgins Lake to store ice and tree seeds. It was used until 1953, when nursery workers installed modern coolers in the packing house for seed storage. . . . Map (db m213543) HM
5Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Michigan's First Fire Tower — Higgins Lake Nursery Trail —
Forest fires are a CALAMITY and rank properly with flood, pestilence, famine, earthquakes.... [it is] estimated that by 1912, forest fire had destroyed more timber than was logged. -Annual Forestry Report of the Game, Fish, and Forestry . . . Map (db m213541) HM
6Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Packing House
Constructed in 1935, this building was the heart of Higgins Lake Nursery. From here, hundreds of millions of tree seedlings were packed and shipped all over Michigan. To protect the four- or five- year-old trees' delicate root aystems . . . Map (db m213542) HM
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7Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Ram Pump
This ram pump supplied the Higgins Lake Nursery with up to 18,000 gallons of water a day. The water was used to irrigate all the seed beds, first by hand and then through a system of piping installed in the 1930s. The nursery was . . . Map (db m213552) HM
8Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Seed Beds
[Higgins Lake Nursery] is one of the best forest nurseries in the country. -Professor Filbert Roth Biennial Report of the Public Domain Commission, 1915-1916
At Higgins Lake Nursery, trained workers grew hundreds . . . Map (db m213546) HM
9Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — The Hale Fire Tower
The fire protection system which has been built in Michigan is one of the most highly developed and efficient organizations of its kind in the country. -History of State Fores, 1947 This is just the top part of the fire tower from Hale, . . . Map (db m213539) HM
10Michigan, Roscommon County, Higgins Lake — Welcome to the Higgins Lake Nursery and CCC Museum
In 1903 this site, like much of Northern Michigan, was barren. During the logging era (1850 - 1900) Michigan's forests had been almost entirely cut down. Fires ravaged what was left. Professor Filibert Roth opened Michigan's first state nursery . . . Map (db m213538) HM
11Michigan, Roscommon County, Prudenville — Kedge Anchor
This 19th century Kedge Anchor was used in moving rafts of logs across the lake to the headwaters of the Muskegon River. The anchor was salvaged from Houghton Lake near The Sportsman's Resort and the Cut River inlet. It was donated to . . . Map (db m182425) HM
12Michigan, Roscommon County, Prudenville — L2257 — Prudenville / Roscommon Lumber Co.
Prudenville Timber and the 1862 Homestead Act began drawing people to Prudenville in 1870. Named for early developer Peter Pruden, the community was also known as Edna for a time. As the commercial center of Roscommon County, Prudenville boasted . . . Map (db m182286) HM
13Michigan, Roscommon County, Roscommon — Michigan Historical Survey Point
On 6-14-1852, Wm. Burt, U.S. Surveyor, set a cedar post at the quarter corner of sections 5 & 6, T24N, R2W. He noted an 8 inch diameter yellow pine S75'W. 95 links. That pine still stands...a silent witness to the original surveys of Michigan.Map (db m201433) HM
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14Michigan, Roscommon County, Roscommon — L2073 — Pioneer House
The Pioneer House opened in the early 1870s as a boardinghouse for lumbermen. Beginning as a 1-1/2-story building, it underwent three major renovations between 1885 and 1936 evolving into a hotel with twenty-two guest rooms and three apartments. . . . Map (db m201431) HM
 
 
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Feb. 5, 2023