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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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