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Historical Markers in Mecosta County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Mecosta 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 Mecosta County, MI (21) Clare County, MI (4) Isabella County, MI (13) Lake County, MI (9) Montcalm County, MI (4) Newaygo County, MI (5) Osceola County, MI (3)  MecostaCounty(21) Mecosta County (21)  ClareCounty(4) Clare County (4)  IsabellaCounty(13) Isabella County (13)  LakeCounty(9) Lake County (9)  MontcalmCounty(4) Montcalm County (4)  NewaygoCounty(5) Newaygo County (5)  OsceolaCounty(3) Osceola County (3)
Big Rapids is the county seat for Mecosta County
Adjacent to Mecosta County, Michigan
      Clare County (4)  
      Isabella County (13)  
      Lake County (9)  
      Montcalm County (4)  
      Newaygo County (5)  
      Osceola County (3)  
 
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1Michigan (Mecosta County), Barryton — L1919 — Barryton / Frank Barry
In 1894 Frank and Marion Barry registered the plat for a new village named Barryton with the state of Michigan. The twelve-block area consisted of Northern, Marion and Angell Avenues, and Stearns, Renwick, Darrah and Hudnutt Streets. A . . . Map (db m190614) HM
2Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — "Old Main"
On this site was located "Old Main," a landmark of Ferris Institute in its early years. From its dedication in January 1894 until its loss by fire in February 1950, "Old Main" helped create many happy memories for thousands of "Fi's." Preparation . . . Map (db m106742) HM
3Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L2202 — Fairman Building
Banker Ferdinand Fairman (1833-1902) built this structure in 1880-81. The upper floors housed offices, and the basement and first floor offered a variety of commercial businesses, including a combined tobacco store--billiard hall and Fairman's bank. . . . Map (db m106784) HM
4Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — 114 — Ferris Institute
This college was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge N. Ferris as the Big Rapids Industrial School. His objective was to provide low cost, practical training for all with a real desire to study, regardless of a lack of previous formal education. The . . . Map (db m106741) HM
5Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Ferris State College
This plaque marks the first permanent site of Ferris State College established by Woodbridge N. Ferris 1884Map (db m106919) HM
6Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L1418 — First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church was designed by W.E.N. Hunter, a Detroit architect who specialized in church designs. The domed Beaux Arts style building reflects a trend in using Early Christian architectural forms of the 4th and 5th centuries in . . . Map (db m106753) HM
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7Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Helen's Garden
Helen Gillespie Ferris (1853-1917) loved flowers as much as she was inspired by learning and cultivating lives. This garden was conceived on the 125th anniversary of the institution that she and her husband Woodbridge N. Ferris, founded to . . . Map (db m106744) HM
8Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Historic DowntownBig Rapids
Caption - upper image This store was located at 114 S. Michigan Ave., where Rogers Jewelers is now located. Caption - lower image The J. C. Penney Co. and the A & P Food Store (right) occupied two . . . Map (db m106716) HM
9Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Historic DowntownBig Rapids
"This play house is said to have cost forty thousand dollars. Is a peach. Scenery raised above stage instead of sliding back," wrote Fred Roof of Big Rapids on the back of a postcard mailed on October 15, 1908 to his girl friend and future wife, . . . Map (db m106752) HM
10Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Historic DowntownBig Rapids
Caption - upper image "Uncle Ray" sent this postcard of Michigan Ave. to his nephew David Erickson in 1947. Judson's Hardware opened in 1903. Caption - lower image This photo was taken in front of the . . . Map (db m106781) HM
11Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Historic DowntownBig Rapids
The Fairman and Newton Block replaced the Mason House after an act of arson burned down the wooden frame hotel in 1879. Ferdinand Fairman located his banking business in the basement of his brick building, while the upper stories were reserved for a . . . Map (db m106840) HM
12Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Historic DowntownBig Rapids
Upper Image Caption This building was built on this location in 1886. It became Citizens State Bank in 1901. The Big Rapids Pioneer was housed in the basement of the bank with an entryway on Maple Street. Lower . . . Map (db m106920) HM
13Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Historic DowntownBig Rapids
Upper Image Caption Don's Radio & T.V. and Lutzke's Pianos and Organs were once located on the west side Michigan Avenue, across from City Hall, where we now have a shopping center parking lot. Lower Image . . . Map (db m106958) HM
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14Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L1119 — Mineral Well
Side 1 In 1890, Alf Clark, who hoped to find oil at this site, found instead mineral water. Baths or drinks of Clark's Red Cross Electric Mineral Water were said to cure many maladies. By 1893 the Big Rapids Mineral Water . . . Map (db m106717) HM
15Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L547 — Nisbett Block
Daniel F. Comstock (1831-1903), a lumberman and president of Mecosta County Savings Bank, began erecting this building in 1885 to house stores, a hotel, and the bank. When the bank failed in 1896, Comstock lost all of his assets, including the . . . Map (db m106756) HM
16Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L384 — Old Mecosta County Jail
Big Rapids became the county seat in 1859 and incorporated as a city in 1869. This building, antedated by two other jails, served as the county jail and sheriff's residence from 1893 until 1965. The oldest public structure in the original plat of . . . Map (db m106754) HM
17Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L414 — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
St. Andrew's Parish was organized in 1870, when Michigan's logging industry was flourishing. Among its early members were George Stearns, the mayor, and Thomas Lazell, the police magistrate. The simple white pine Gothic Revival church was built by . . . Map (db m106747) HM
18Michigan (Mecosta County), Green Charter Township — S720 — Anna Howard Shaw
Side 1 As a child in 1859, suffragist Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) moved with her family from Massachusetts to Mecosta County. Her father soon returned east with two of his sons, leaving behind his wife and four younger children . . . Map (db m106786) HM
19Michigan (Mecosta County), Paris — S506 — Paris Fish Hatchery
Opening in 1881, the Paris Fish Hatchery was the state's second fish-rearing agency. This area was selected because of its abundant sources of water and excellent railroad connections. The Paris Fish Hatchery was a major supplier of salmon and . . . Map (db m55404) HM
20Michigan (Mecosta County), Remus — Original Bell - Baumann School
Original Bell - Baumann School Previous Owner - Jerome Schiffer Donated by Thomas & Jason Donley Constructed by Gale EschMap (db m190612) HM
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21Michigan (Mecosta County), Remus — 1002 — Wheatland Church of Christ
Wheatland Church of Christ, also known as the Cross Church, is the oldest Disciples of Christ church built mainly for and by blacks in western Michigan. Thomas Cross (1826-1897), who with five other members founded the church in 1870, was . . . Map (db m190613) HM
 
 
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Nov. 27, 2022