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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Grand Traverse County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Grand Traverse 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 Grand Traverse County, MI (32) Antrim County, MI (9) Benzie County, MI (12) Kalkaska County, MI (8) Leelanau County, MI (22) Manistee County, MI (25) Missaukee County, MI (1) Wexford County, MI (11)  GrandTraverseCounty(32) Grand Traverse County (32)  AntrimCounty(9) Antrim County (9)  BenzieCounty(12) Benzie County (12)  KalkaskaCounty(8) Kalkaska County (8)  LeelanauCounty(22) Leelanau County (22)  ManisteeCounty(25) Manistee County (25)  MissaukeeCounty(1) Missaukee County (1)  WexfordCounty(11) Wexford County (11)
Traverse City is the county seat for Grand Traverse County
Adjacent to Grand Traverse County, Michigan
      Antrim County (9)  
      Benzie County (12)  
      Kalkaska County (8)  
      Leelanau County (22)  
      Manistee County (25)  
      Missaukee County (1)  
      Wexford County (11)  
 
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1Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission — S0739 — Dougherty Mission House / Rushmore House and Inn
Dougherty Mission House Peter Dougherty arrived on Mackinac Island in 1838, planning to establish a Presbyterian mission to the Ojibwe and Odawa tribes in northern Michigan. He selected the Grand Traverse Bay area and settled in Elk Rapids. . . . Map (db m168185) HM
2Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission — The Old Mission Church
This building is a replica of the original mission church which was erected in 1839 by the Reverend Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary, who came here from Mackinaw to establish the first mission in this part of the country. Originally the . . . Map (db m98195) HM
3Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission — The Old Mission House
Here Rev. Peter Dougherty and his wife, Maria Higgins, conducted their Indian mission. Built in 1842, the first frame house in the Grand Traverse region.Map (db m168186) HM
4Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission Point — A Light at Old Mission
By the mid 1850's, shipping on Grand Traverse Bay had grown substantially. A Lighthouse on the northern tip of Old Mission Peninsula, to warn of the rocky point, was necessary. In 1859 Congress appropriated the funds, however the Light was not . . . Map (db m98186) HM
5Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission Point — L2059 — Hesler Log HouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
The Hesler house is a rare surviving log house dating from the early settlement of the Old Mission Peninsula. From 1854 to 1856, Joseph and Mary Hesler built the house of hand hewn pine and hemlock logs fourteen miles south of here on the eastern . . . Map (db m98182) HM
6Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission Point — Oil House
When lighthouses first operated, sperm whale oil used to fuel the lamps was kept in the basement. However, in the late 1800s, when kerosene was introduced as fuel for the lights, it was much too flammable and dangerous to store in the Lighthouse, . . . Map (db m98185) HM
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7Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission Point — Site of Lighthouse Privy
The bathroom of earlier days was not much like the bathrooms of today. With no indoor plumbing, most privies or outhouses were holes in the ground with sheds and seats over them and were located several feet from the main home. When the hole . . . Map (db m98184) HM
8Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Old Mission Point — The Hessler Log Home
In 1854-1856 this log home was built in the southern part of the Old Mission Peninsula by early settlers, Mary & Joseph Hessler. The huge logs cut from pine trees were hand hewn and stacked on top of each other to form the walls, while modified . . . Map (db m98193) HM
9Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Central United Methodist ChurchMichigan Sesquicentennial Organization
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Central United Methodist Church Founded in 1858 For more than 150 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing . . . Map (db m98227) HM
10Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L0162 — City Opera House
In 1891 three brothers-in-law Anthony Bartak, Charles Wilhelm and Frank Votruba built this 1,200-seat Victorian opera house. Designed by E. R. Prall of Pontiac, the opera house was the first facility in Traverse City to use electric lights. It has a . . . Map (db m168175) HM
11Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Civil War Memorial
The Civil War Soldier statue was purchased by public donations from the Chicago Bronze Company and dedicated at a public ceremony on Decoration Day, May 30, 1890. Over 300 Civil War Veterans were joined by 4,000 citizens at the unveiling at the . . . Map (db m98272) HM WM
12Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L0421 — Congregation Beth El
This simple white frame structure featuring gable roof ends with spindle work is the oldest synagogue building in continuous use in Michigan. It was constructed in 1885 on land donated by Perry Hannah, Traverse City lumber magnate who contributed to . . . Map (db m168177) HM
13Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L2181 — Friends Meetinghouse
George Fox founded the Religious Society of Friends in England during the seventeenth century. In the U.S. the society, commonly called Quakers, opposed slavery during the nineteenth century, and it opposed war and violence throughout its existence. . . . Map (db m168188) HM
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14Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — S0042 — Grand Traverse Bay
French traders named this bay when they made “the long crossing” — la grande traverse — across its mouth. Chippewa and Ottawa tribes dwelt in this region. Peter Dougherty’s Indian Mission, established in 1839 at Old Mission, paved the way . . . Map (db m168174) HM
15Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L0297 — Grand Traverse County CourthouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Grand Traverse County was officially organized in 1851. Its first courthouse and jail were built in 1854 for $600 on land donated by the lumbering firm Hannah, Lay and Company. The courthouse, a wooden structure, burned in 1862. The county used . . . Map (db m98213) HM
16Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L2238 — Hannah and Lay Mercantile Building
In 1851, Perry Hannah, Albert Lay and James Morgan founded Hannah Lay & Co. in Chicago. The next year, they purchased a lumber camp at the mouth of the Boardman River. The company supplied timber to Chicago and goods to the lumber camp. It built . . . Map (db m205367) HM
17Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Korean War Memorial1950 - 1953 — Freedom Is Not Free —
This monument is dedicated to all the men and women who served in the Korean War, to whom we owe our deepest respect and gratitude. They went not for conquest, not for personal gain, but to preserve freedom. On June 25th 1950, Communist North . . . Map (db m98229) WM
18Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L1309 — Ladies Library Association / Ladies Library Building
Ladies Library Association. Eight women met to organize the Traverse City Ladies Library Association on July 23, 1869. Their constitution, adopted on July 28, allowed any lady to join the library for a dollar. It cost 25 cents each quarter to . . . Map (db m168180) HM
19Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L1309 — Ladies Library Building Reported missing
On July 28, 1869, eight Traverse City women organized the Ladies Library Association. In 1878 the association purchased its first building, at 205 East Front Street. In 1909 the association sold that building and retained Fred E. Moore as architect . . . Map (db m98228) HM
20Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Mars
This blood red planet was named Mars after the Roman god of war. The symbol for Mars portrays his shield and spear. Mars has two very small lopsided moons named after the two horses that pull his chariot — Deimos (Terror) and Phobos (Fear). The . . . Map (db m213240) HM
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21Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Mercury
It’s really hot, really rocky and it’s blasted full of craters! Ya’ gotta love this spunky little planet!! It’s named for the winged messenger of the gods because it moves so quickly across the night sky. Compared to our year of 365 days, Mercury . . . Map (db m213236) HM
22Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Mother EarthBeautiful home to 10 million species of life, including us!
Playing with a globe did you ever notice how perfectly South America seems like it would fit right into the side of Africa? 250 million years ago the land masses did exist as a single super continent called Pangea. Thanks to plate tectonics or . . . Map (db m213238) HM
23Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L0737 — Novotny's Saloon
In 1886, Antoine Novotny, one of the Bohemian founders of this community, built a bar on this site. Novotny's Saloon was the social center of the city's south side and headquarters of the Traverse City Hustlers semi-pro baseball team. In 1939 the . . . Map (db m168179) HM
24Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Our Sun
Why is it so hot in the first place? Within the Sun's core the pressure is so great and the hydrogen atoms are moving so fast that when they collide they fuse (stick together) to form helium. The cool part is that the helium (and the stray . . . Map (db m213235) HM
25Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — L1746 — Park Place Hotel
Built 1929-1930Map (db m168187) HM
26Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Second Industrial RevolutionHistoric Traverse City — The West Bay Waterfront —
In 1942, the local Chamber of Commerce persuaded the Parsons Corporation to move its Pureaire Unit Kitchen Division into the vacant 60-year-old Greilick plant. About the same time the Sheffer Collet Company also started operations in a . . . Map (db m98231) HM
27Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Spanish-American War Memorial1898 • In Memoriam • 1902
This tablet was erected and dedicated by the people of Grand Traverse region May 30, 1924 in honor of all her boys who served in the Spanish-American War and in ever grateful memory of those who died while in service. Grenville . . . Map (db m98221) WM
28Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — The J.E. Greilick FactoryHistoric Traverse City — The West Bay Waterfront —
From any perspective this location marks the most historic industrial site in the Grand Traverse region. Here the Greilick family produced the woodwork, both interior and exterior, that finished the majority of the Victorian homes in the area . . . Map (db m98230) HM
29Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle
This 6.4 inch 100 Pounder Parrot[t] Rifled Naval Cannon served on the U.S.S. Sabine during the Civil War. It is the only one from that ship that survives today. The cannon was cast in 1862 at the West Point Foundry (Registration #15 Foundry #210) . . . Map (db m98250) HM WM
30Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Venus
Early Romans named the dazzling white planet Venus, after their goddess of love and beauty. Venus is sometimes called Earth's sister planet because both are about the same size, composition and age. But conditions on the two planets are very . . . Map (db m213237) HM
31Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
The Traverse City Auto Dealers are proud to honor the Veterans of Vietnam at this park site marking the entrance to the Central Business District. Welcome to Traverse City. [Auto Dealers not transcribed] "Armed Forces Day" - May 21, . . . Map (db m98198) WM
32Michigan, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City — World War Memorial1917 • In Memoriam • 1919
This tablet was erected and dedicated by the people of Grand Traverse region May 30, 1924 in honor of all her boys and girls who served in the World War and in loving memory of those who died while in service. Clyde B. Allen • . . . Map (db m98222) WM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023