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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. Clair County, Michigan

Clickable Map of St. Clair 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> St. Clair County, MI (59) Lapeer County, MI (19) Macomb County, MI (118) Sanilac County, MI (17)  St.ClairCounty(59) St. Clair County (59)  LapeerCounty(19) Lapeer County (19)  MacombCounty(118) Macomb County (118)  SanilacCounty(17) Sanilac County (17)
Adjacent to St. Clair County, Michigan
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1Michigan (St. Clair County), Algonac — Christopher Columbus Smith / Garfield A. "Gar" Wood
Christopher Columbus Smith 1861 - 1939 created the sport of motor-boating in 1893 by installing a motor in a wooden boat and launching it in the St. Clair River at Algonac — three years before Henry Ford installed one in the first . . . — Map (db m123945) HM
2Michigan (St. Clair County), Algonac — L711 — Clay Township Library
This Greek Revival home was built by Charles H. Beers around 1849. In 1914 it became the home and office of Dr. Walter E. Bostwick, who died in 1943. His widow, Cordella Sheill Bostwick, lived in the house until her death in 1948. In 1949 the . . . — Map (db m123876) HM
3Michigan (St. Clair County), Algonac — S124 — Saint Andrew's Parish / Saint Andrew's Church
Saint Andrew's Parish Beginning in 1845 the Reverend Andrew Jamieson, an Anglican missionary, served Saint John the Baptist Church on nearby Walpole Island, Ontario. In the early 1860s, Jamieson (1814-1885) established a mission in Algonac. . . . — Map (db m123873) HM
4Michigan (St. Clair County), Algonac — St. Clair River Habitat RestorationMarine City Drain Habitat Restoration
The St. Clair River is part of the connecting channels between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It is a 40 mile strait that flows south from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. The river serves as a navigational passage as well as an ecosystem for a great . . . — Map (db m124058) HM
5Michigan (St. Clair County), Algonac — St. Clair River Habitat RestorationCottrellville Township Shoreline
The St. Clair River is part of the connecting channels between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It is a 40 mile strait that flows south from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. The river serves as a navigational passage as well as an ecosystem for a great . . . — Map (db m124059) HM
6Michigan (St. Clair County), Algonac — S537 — Water Speed Capital
For more than a century, Algonac has played a leading role in ship building, from sailing cargo ships to large pleasure craft, racing boats and World War II landing craft. Between 1921 and 1932 Christopher Smith and Gar Wood built ten Miss . . . — Map (db m123847) HM
7Michigan (St. Clair County), Allenton — L1223 — Almont Society of the New Church
Scottish immigrants from Glasgow settled in Berlin Township in 1841. Ten years later, twenty-four of them founded the Almont Society of the New Church. They followed the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-17720), a Swedish mathematician, . . . — Map (db m155039) HM
8Michigan (St. Clair County), Anchorville — L2310 — Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary
Side 1 In the 1830s, numerous Catholic settlers immigrated to the Anchor Bay area. Having no formal church, the settlers were intermittently pastored by missionary clergymen. In 1847, Etienne (Stephen) Rose and his two sons constructed a . . . — Map (db m152884) HM
9Michigan (St. Clair County), Anchorville — Paul Torney and Michigan Historical Markers
In grateful appreciation of our Parish Historian, Paul Torney, who through long hours of research and dedication, with help and support from his wife Shannon and working with Father Joe Esper, Gail Zabowski and Cemetery Director Robert . . . — Map (db m166257) HM
10Michigan (St. Clair County), Anchorville — L2316 — Sacred Heart Cemetery
Side 1 Led by Bishop John Samuel Foley, the Diocese of Detroit purchased this land from Ephise Rosset in February 1914. The property became a new burial ground for Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary after the church's first . . . — Map (db m155896) HM
11Michigan (St. Clair County), Anchorville — L2295 — St. Mary's Cemetery
Side 1 In 1830 Etienne (Stephen) and Mary Rose arrived in Detroit from Montreal. They settled with their children near here. Rose and his sons supported the family by cutting and selling wood at fifty cents a cord. In 1840 the Roses bought . . . — Map (db m155892) HM
12Michigan (St. Clair County), Capac — L2292 — Capac's Early Railroad Depots/The Fourth Capac Depot
Capac's Early Railroad Depots In 1870 the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railroad Company, later the Grand Trunk Railroad, opened a rail line and depot in Capac. Judge Dewitt C. Walker, Capac's founder, later recalled that "the shrill noise . . . — Map (db m155045) HM
13Michigan (St. Clair County), Capac — Soldiers and Sailors Boulder
. . . — Map (db m166143) WM
14Michigan (St. Clair County), Clay Township — L805 — Colony Tower
Built in 1925 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, this steel-framed water tower was the main water supplier for "The Colony on the Ste. Claire" — a secluded residential community established in Clay Township during the 1920s. The Colony . . . — Map (db m152071) HM
15Michigan (St. Clair County), Emmett — L2131 — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish / John F. Farrell
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Father Lawrence Kilroy established Catholic churches throughout St. Clair County during the early nineteenth century. In Kenockee he founded a cemetery and the "log church," the precursor of Our Lady of Mount . . . — Map (db m155047) HM
16Michigan (St. Clair County), Fort Gratiot — L2219 — Lake Huron Water Supply Project / Tunnel ExplosionRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Lake Huron Water Supply Project In 1968, to serve the water needs of a growing population, the Detroit Metro Water Department began work on the Lake Huron Water Supply Project. This massive feat involved erecting a submerged intake crib . . . — Map (db m88947) HM
17Michigan (St. Clair County), Fort Gratiot — The 1971 Water Tunnel Explosion Memorial

Side 1
This Memorial is dedicated in the memory of:
Manuel AbastaRomualdo Alvarez
James BeesleyRoswell Brown
Keith VernerGerald . . . — Map (db m91765)
18Michigan (St. Clair County), Goodells — L1983 — Wales Township Hall
The state legislature set off Wales Township from Clyde Township on March 27, 1841. It was considered one of the finest agricultural districts in St. Clair County. In 1889 citizens voted to build a town hall. On November 8, 1890, the township board . . . — Map (db m154892) HM
19Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — L2197 — David and Laura Lester House
This house was likely built in stages between around 1855 and 1885 and reflects the prominence of David and Laura Rice Lester. David Lester (1823-1890), a shipbuilder, a ship owner, and a salt producer, played a key role in Marine City's economic . . . — Map (db m41189) HM
20Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — L1833 — East China Fractional School District No. 2 School
East China Township was set off from China Township in 1859. In 1868 Harriet J. Comstock, an heir of pioneer Andrew J. Westbrook, sold a parcel of land to School District No. 2. A frame school, built on the site prior to 1853, was replaced by this . . . — Map (db m123723) HM
21Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — Heritage Square Historic District
City Hall of Marine City was built in 1884 designed by the firm of George Dewitt Mason and Zachariah Rice, Detroit. Mason, principal designer, chose to reflect a style popularized by the Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson and now known as . . . — Map (db m123788) HM
22Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — L0546 — Holy Cross Parish
Father Gabriel Richard received this triangular plot of land by way of a grant from President John Quincy Adams on April 1, 1825. This area, known as Catholic Point, contains, among other buildings a church, a rectory, a convent, the former high . . . — Map (db m41196) HM
23Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — L461 — Marine City
Built in 1884 at a cost of $12,300, this edifice has served continuously as the seat of local government. Marine City was incorporated as the village of Marine in 1865. It became Marine City in 1867. The first village president was David Lester, a . . . — Map (db m123786) HM
24Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — L0683 — Newport Academy
Emily Ward established the Newport Academy about 1845 to provide educational opportunities for area children. Miss Ward was a niece of Samuel Ward, the founder of Newport (now Marine City), and the sister of Eber Brock Ward, a shipping magnate and . . . — Map (db m41199) HM
25Michigan (St. Clair County), Marine City — Pêche Island Rear Range Lightc. 1905 - decommissioned 1982
This range light was originally located in American Waters, east of the mouth of the Detroit River, just north of the international border and north east of Pêche Island, Ontario, Canada It was brought to Marine City in 1982 through the . . . — Map (db m123840) HM
26Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — S0404 — Huron Lightship
Commissioned in 1921, the Huron began service as a relief vessel for other Great Lakes lightships. She is ninety-seven feet long, twenty-four feet in beam, and carried a crew of eleven. On clear nights her beacon could be seen for fourteen miles. . . . — Map (db m41197) HM
27Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — All Aboard!
This is the Fort Gratiot Station. It welcomed immigrants, settlers, military and other travelers to Port Huron during the late 19th century. The Grand Trunk Railway built this depot in 1858 and launched daily passenger service to Detroit the . . . — Map (db m76020) HM
28Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Bridging the Blue Waters
People first crossed the St. Clair River using logs, rafts and canoes. Steam-powered ferries began carrying freight and people in the 1840s. The river current pushed tethered swing ferries from shore to shore. Later other ferries were used, and . . . — Map (db m76014) HM
29Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Civil War Memorial
This boulder and tablet were placed here by The Department of Michigan Woman's Relief Corps in memory of and dedicated to The Civil War Veterans. 1861 - 1865 "They are sleeping in the valleys, They are sleeping 'neath the . . . — Map (db m76102) WM
30Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Customhouse
October 6, 1988 This structure, which has served as the Port Huron, Michigan Customhouse since 1874, was dedicated as a Historic Bicentennial Customhouse in honor and recognition of U.S. Customs steadfast and vigilant service to the . . . — Map (db m76103) HM
31Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Edison Homesite
Thomas Alva Edison was seven years old in 1854 when he and his family moved to Port Huron. They moved into a house on the Fort Gratiot Military Reservation, a short distance south of here. This is where young "Al" conducted his first experiments . . . — Map (db m76049) HM
32Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Fort Gratiot Light
In 1825, A lighthouse was established near the mouth of the St. Clair River, at the southern end of Lake Huron. It sat just north of Fort Gratiot, a military outpost that would give the lighthouse its name. That light, of poor construction and . . . — Map (db m76077) HM
33Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — S0332 — Fort Gratiot Light
This lighthouse, oldest in Michigan, was built in 1829 to replace a tower destroyed by a storm. Lucius Lyon, the builder, was Deputy Surveyor General of the Northwest Territory and later a United States senator from Michigan. In the 1860s workers . . . — Map (db m156750) HM
34Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — S0080 — Fort Saint Joseph
Built near here in 1686 by the French explorer Duluth, this fort was the second white settlement in lower Michigan. This post guarded the upper end of the vital waterway joining Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Designed to bar English traders from the . . . — Map (db m41194) HM
35Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Great Storm of 1913 and Sailors Memorial
[Side A] On November 7-10, 1913, two major storms collided over the Great Lakes. This created hurricane like winds that lasted over 16 hours, producing waves over forty feet tall. As the storm intensified, temperatures dropped below . . . — Map (db m76068) HM
36Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Hammond American Legion Post 8 Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all the departed Post 8 Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion members — Map (db m76107) WM
37Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 970 — Harrington Hotel
The Harrington Hotel opened amid much fanfare in 1896. A unique blend of Romanesque, Classical and Queen Anne architecture, the hotel thrived for many years. As business declined due to the popularity of automobile travel, expressways and . . . — Map (db m76104) HM
38Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Immigration
Many people coming to the United States from other lands entered through this depot. By 1881, more than 77,000 immigrants first stepped foot on American soil here. Port Huron folks gathered here to see and hear the new arrivals, fascinated by . . . — Map (db m79067) HM
39Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Intersection of Military Road and Indian Reservation
This tablet marks the intersection of the eastern line of the Indian Reservation surveyed in 1810 provided by the treaty made Nov. 17, 1807 between the U.S. Government and the Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawattamie [sic], and Wyandotte Indians with the . . . — Map (db m76101) HM
40Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Keepers Duties
Daily Duties of a Keeper...... • Hand carry fuel up to the lantern room and fueling the lamp. • Trimming the wicks (later, replacing the mantles and pumping up the oil vaporizer). • Regularly cleaning and polishing (with jeweler's . . . — Map (db m76100) HM
41Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Learning from Lake Huron
Lake Huron's basin was formed by glacier movement over 20,000 years ago. The lake was created when melting ice filled the basin gouged by the glaciers. Lake Huron took its present shape around 3,000 years ago. Lake Huron is the second largest . . . — Map (db m76081) HM
42Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Making Tracks
The Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada opened the first track between here and Detroit in 1859. As years passed, other railroads reached Port Huron. A line to Flint opened in 1871. Another extended into the Thumb in 1879. In 1886, the Port . . . — Map (db m76046) HM
43Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — L1506 — Methodist Episcopal Church
(Side A) This congregation dates from 1849, when people worshipped in log barracks within Fort Gratiot. Known as the Mission of Fort Gratiot, it was served by circuit riders until 1859 when the Reverend Samuel Clemens began his tenure. The . . . — Map (db m41198) HM
44Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Native Americans
Archaeologists found evidence of a native village (circa 1000 A.D.) located one block north of where you are standing. These prehistoric people fished the waters of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, hunted game and gathered foods in nearby . . . — Map (db m76016) HM
45Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 2160 — Port Huron Public Library
In 1902 the city of Port Huron secured money from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to erect a municipal library. Two years later, this grand, Beaux-Arts-style building was completed at a cost of $45,000. Chicago architects Patton and Miller . . . — Map (db m76105) HM
46Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Seeing the Light
Evolution of Lighting the Way It has long been documented that the first shoreline lights were wood burning fires set on hillsides. Later, these wood fires were moved to the top of man-made towers. Wood however proved to be inefficient, as . . . — Map (db m76076) HM
47Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Sending a Signal
Dense fog on Lake Huron could spell disaster to vessels filled with passengers and valuable cargo. When fog was present and visibility was poor, mariners were forced to rely on sound to navigate their way into the St. Clair River. Early fog . . . — Map (db m76083) HM
48Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Ships on the St. Clair
The St. Clair River has always been an important part of the Great Lakes system. For centuries native people traveled throughout the region in canoes, as did the early French fur traders. In 1679, LaSalle's Griffon was the first sailing . . . — Map (db m76015) HM
49Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — The "John S. Martin"
On August 4, 1900, the "Fontana" sank while in these narrows. Several weeks later, on September 25, 1900, the "Martin", a 225 foot schooner with a load of iron ore, was being towed downbound from Lake Huron by the steamer "Grover". In attempting to . . . — Map (db m41203) HM
50Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — The Storm
The Great Storm of 1913 lasted from November 7th through the 11th. It is often referred to as the "Big Blow", the "Freshwater Fury" or the "White Hurricane". The storm hit four of the five Great Lakes, and was particularly ferocious in Lake . . . — Map (db m76080) HM
51Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Thomas Alva Edison
[Bas relief panels highlight significant events in Edison's life, including] Edison the railroad entrepreneur Edison the young scientist Edison inventions — Map (db m76067) HM
52Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 283 — Tom Edison at Grand Trunk
The Grand Trunk Railroad depot to the right is where 12-year-old Tom Edison departed daily on the Port Huron-Detroit run. In 1859, the railroad's first year of operation. Tom persuaded the company to let him sell newspapers and confections on . . . — Map (db m76017) HM
53Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Underground Railroad
Prior to the Civil War, African American slaves, in brave and desperate attempts to flee from slave owners in the Southern states, passed through Port Huron via the Underground Railroad. It was not a real railroad but a system of routes where . . . — Map (db m76050) HM
54Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Wilderness Outpost
Fort Gratiot was built by the U.S. Army in 1814 to guard the strategic junction of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Troops stood ready to defend Michigan and the U.S. against British forces in Canada. As settlement moved westward, the fort . . . — Map (db m76048) HM
55Michigan (St. Clair County), Yale — L1568 — Cole United Methodist Church
The Cole United Methodist Church, formed in 1878, was named for Jesse and Adah Cole, who held services in their home during the 1860s. Beginning in 1870 church members worshipped in nearby schoolhouses, where the Reverend Lester Clark, a circuit . . . — Map (db m163153) HM
56Michigan (St. Clair County), Yale — L870 — James McColl House
This Queen Anne style structure was erected in 1899 by Scottish-born James Livingston. He gave the house to his daughter, Louise Livingston McColl. During the late nineteenth century, Livingston and his son-in-law, James McColl, produced linseed oil . . . — Map (db m154915) HM
57Michigan (St. Clair County), Yale — Kovatch Korner
Dedicated to Theresa M. Kovatch who assisted the children of Yale to safely cross this intersection for over 28 years. — Map (db m166354) HM
58Michigan (St. Clair County), Yale — The Yale ExpositorMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of The Yale Expositor founded in 1882 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contribution . . . — Map (db m154906) HM
59Michigan (St. Clair County), Yale — Yale Historical Murals
Mural #1 1851 Lumber Camp S. Main Street & Brockway Rd. Left side: White Pine — Michigan's State Tree Right side: Roll Away on the bank of Mill Creek Mural #2 from 1850 - 1889 Brockway Centre . . . — Map (db m165979) HM
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