“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Huron County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Huron County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Huron County, MI (28) Arenac County, MI (5) Bay County, MI (33) Iosco County, MI (22) Sanilac County, MI (27) Tuscola County, MI (34)  HuronCounty(28) Huron County (28)  ArenacCounty(5) Arenac County (5)  BayCounty(33) Bay County (33)  IoscoCounty(22) Iosco County (22)  SanilacCounty(27) Sanilac County (27)  TuscolaCounty(34) Tuscola County (34)
Bad Axe is the county seat for Huron County
Adjacent to Huron County, Michigan
      Arenac County (5)  
      Bay County (33)  
      Iosco County (22)  
      Sanilac County (27)  
      Tuscola County (34)  
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1Michigan (Huron County), Bad Axe — History of the City of Bad Axe
While surveying the first state road through the Huron County wilderness in 1861, Rudolph Papst and George Willis Pack made camp here and found a much-used and badly damaged axe. At Pack's suggestion, Papst used the name "Bad Axe Camp” in the . . . Map (db m211161) HM
2Michigan (Huron County), Bad Axe — Huron County Veterans Memorial
In thankfulness to God and in lasting memory to the brave men and women of Huron County who served their countryMap (db m211157) WM
3Michigan (Huron County), Bad Axe — Huron County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to those men & women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nationMap (db m211158) WM
4Michigan (Huron County), Bad Axe — Richard M. Nixon37th President of the United States
On April 10, 1974 and on this spot made his last campaign appearance as president.Map (db m211160) HM
5Michigan (Huron County), Bad Axe — The Freedom Tree
With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Col. William H. Nelson and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m211159) WM
6Michigan (Huron County), Bad Axe — This Commerative Walkway
This commerative walkway honors all those who served this great nationMap (db m211156) WM
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7Michigan (Huron County), Bay Port — S458 — Bay Port Fishing District
The Gillingham Fish Company was established in 1886; the Bay Port Fish Company in 1895. At their peak in the 1920s and 1930s, they shipped tons of perch, walleye, herring, whitefish and carp to New York and Chicago in refrigerated railroad cars. . . . Map (db m160705) HM
8Michigan (Huron County), Bay Port — 141 — Great Fire of 1881
Small fires were burning in the forests of the Thumb, tinder-dry after a long, hot summer, when a gale swept in from the southwest on Sept. 5, 1881. Fanned into an inferno, the fires raged for three days. A million acres were devastated in Sanilac . . . Map (db m160706) HM
9Michigan (Huron County), Bay Port — Henry A. Hamp / Alfred R. Vogel
Brown Roadside Park Honoring Henry A. Hamp As chief of right-of-way acquisition for state highways during the last 19 years of his 30-year Department career (1951-1981), Mr. Hamp supervised the acquisition of some 43,000 land . . . Map (db m180748) HM
10Michigan (Huron County), Bay Port — L541 — Stagecoaches
Stagecoaches played an important part in developing the Midwest. Michigan’s frontier “fever” peaked in the decade from 1830 to 1840 with a 600 percent population increase. Stagecoaches attempted to fill the demand for fast and relatively . . . Map (db m160627) HM
11Michigan (Huron County), Caseville — An Original 56# Rail
from the Pontiac Oxford and Northern R.R. (now Grand Trunk Western) laid about 1882 between Caseville and Pontiac On July 17 1961, this was the first rail removed when the last 6 miles of the original track from Caseville to Pigeon . . . Map (db m180792) HM
12Michigan (Huron County), Caseville — L1725 — Methodist Episcopal Church
In 1868 the Reverend Manasseh Hickey and twelve settlers organized a Methodist Episcopal church in Caseville. Services were held in a schoolhouse until the present church was built. Upon its dedication on November 15, 1874, the Gothic-inspired . . . Map (db m153555) HM
13Michigan (Huron County), Harbor Beach — "White Rock": The History, Oral Traditions, and Tales
"White Rock" is steeped in history and oral traditions. Henry Schoolcraft, in his Travels of 1820, speaks of the White Rock and its prominence. He says, "White Rock, an enormous detached mass of transition limestone standing in the lake at the . . . Map (db m68867) HM
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14Michigan (Huron County), Harbor Beach — S285 — Frank Murphy
Side 1 Frank Murphy was associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court from 1940 until his death in 1949. His earlier career included service as a judge in the Detroit Recorder’s Court and instructor in law at the University of Detroit in . . . Map (db m153635) HM
15Michigan (Huron County), Harbor Beach — The Territory of Michigan and "White Rock"
In the early 1800s, "White Rock", a point well known to the Indians and early voyagers, played a significant role in defining settlements. The Act establishing the Territory of Michigan was passed January 11, 1805, and took effect June . . . Map (db m68866) HM
16Michigan (Huron County), Harbor Beach — L202 — White Rock School
Named after a boulder in Lake Huron that was used as a landmark in the Indian Treaty of 1807, the village was settled about 1860. Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871, the town was soon rebuilt, including a schoolhouse. The present building was . . . Map (db m154098) HM
17Michigan (Huron County), Huron City — S0369 — Pointe Aux Barques LighthouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
The Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse and Lifesaving Station aided mariners for over a century, beginning in 1847. That year the United States Lighthouse Service built the first lighthouse on this site to mark the turning point of Lake Huron into . . . Map (db m41201) HM
18Michigan (Huron County), Kinde — L849A — St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church / Katolicki Kosciół Matki Boskiej Czestochowskiej
St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church The Polish refugees who immigrated to Dwight Township in the 1840s in order to escape Prussian domination worshipped at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin. In 1903 in an effort to . . . Map (db m153627) HM
19Michigan (Huron County), Owendale — L383 — Owendale
In 1882, as three new railroads began to lay track in Huron County, two cousins from Saginaw, John G. and John S. Owen, bought land in the Columbia Swamp. The following year, they opened a sawmill to harvest the native oak. John G. Owen hired Quincy . . . Map (db m160803) HM
20Michigan (Huron County), Pigeon — L1439A — Pigeon Depot
The Pigeon Depot was constructed in 1908 and served two railroad lines. In 1883 the Pontiac, Oxford and Port Austin Railroad, a north-south line, had been extended to Caseville and a depot was built at Berne, one mile north of here. Around 1886 the . . . Map (db m160812) HM
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21Michigan (Huron County), Port Austin — L815 — Charles G. Learned
A native of New York, contractor Charles G. Learned helped build New York City’s waterworks system and the Erie Canal. Around 1857, Learned and his brother-in-law purchased several thousand acres of pine land in Michigan’s Thumb area. Two years . . . Map (db m160068) HM
22Michigan (Huron County), Port Austin — L463 — Huron City
Side One During the mid-1850s the firm of R. B. Hubbard and Company, which included Connecticut-born entrepreneurs Langdon Hubbard, his brother Watson, and cousin Rollin B., built a steam-powered sawmill on Willow Creek. The company . . . Map (db m160462) HM
23Michigan (Huron County), Port Hope — L0021 — Port Hope Chimney
This chimney was built in 1858 by John Geltz. It is all that remains of the lumber mill established that year by William R. Stafford. Port Hope grew up around the mill. For a score of years this town was a center of lumbering in the Thumb. It also . . . Map (db m41202) HM
24Michigan (Huron County), Sebewaing — L2187 — John C. Liken / John C. Martini House
John C. Liken One of Sebewaing’s most prominent citizens, John C. Liken (1832-1920), came here in 1865 from New York State where he owned a cooperage. Lured by Michigan’s bountiful forests, he opened stave and sawmills in Sebewaing, . . . Map (db m160752) HM
25Michigan (Huron County), Sebewaing — Sebewaing
In memorial of the founders of Auchville April 4, 1853. First Officers Friedrich Schilling Supervisor, J. Friedrich Luckhard Clerk, Jacob F. Ruehle Treasurer. The Indians had named the crooked river Sebewaing This . . . Map (db m180670) HM
26Michigan (Huron County), Sebewaing — L1596 — Sebewaing Township Hall
Sebewaing Township was organized in 1853. In 1877 the board resolved to use “liquor money” to build this township hall. The atypical two-story town hall included voting booths, a courtroom, a jury room, a jail, and a meeting hall. The front door . . . Map (db m131775) HM
27Michigan (Huron County), Sebewaing — L24 — The Indian Mission
Here, on July 1, 1845, three Lutheran missionaries, Rev. Johann J.F. Auch, Rev. J. Simon Dumser, and Rev. George Sinke, arrived. The Lutheran leader, Rev. Friedrich Schmid, sent them from Ann Arbor to evangelize the Chippewa Indians. A log chapel . . . Map (db m131772) HM
28Michigan (Huron County), Ubly — S654 — Citizens Bank Block
Built in 1907 by local contractor David Pierce, the Citizens Bank Block also housed a harness shop and a library. Albert Sleeper (1862-1934), who served in the Michigan State Senate and as governor, cofounded the bank with his uncle A. W. Merrell, . . . Map (db m160467) HM
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Dec. 6, 2022