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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Allegan County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Allegan 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> Allegan County, MI (52) Barry County, MI (14) Kalamazoo County, MI (79) Kent County, MI (66) Ottawa County, MI (72) Van Buren County, MI (65) Lake County, IL (62) Kenosha County, WI (39) Racine County, WI (37)  AlleganCounty(52) Allegan County (52)  BarryCounty(14) Barry County (14)  KalamazooCounty(79) Kalamazoo County (79)  KentCounty(66) Kent County (66)  OttawaCounty(72) Ottawa County (72)  VanBurenCounty(65) Van Buren County (65)  LakeCountyIllinois(62) Lake County (62)  KenoshaCountyWisconsin(39) Kenosha County (39)  RacineCounty(37) Racine County (37)
Allegan is the county seat for Allegan County
Adjacent to Allegan County, Michigan
      Barry County (14)  
      Kalamazoo County (79)  
      Kent County (66)  
      Ottawa County (72)  
      Van Buren County (65)  
      Lake County, Illinois (62)  
      Kenosha County, Wisconsin (39)  
      Racine County, Wisconsin (37)  
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1Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan — Allegan Civil War Monument
On Hubbard Street at Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling west on Hubbard Street.
Defenders of our Nation 1861. — 1865.Map (db m69892) WM
2Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan — S0226 — Allegan County
On Chestnut Street at Hubbard Street, on the right when traveling south on Chestnut Street.
Allegan County's name was coined by the noted student of the Indians, Henry Schoolcraft. The county was set off in 1831 and organized in 1835. Settlement of the county seat, Allegan, was promoted in 1835 by eastern capitalists who were attracted by . . . Map (db m69891) HM
3Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan — L242 — Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd
On Walnut Street at Hubbard Street, on the right when traveling south on Walnut Street.
On June 15, 1858, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd was organized; its parish was admitted into the Diocese of Michigan two years later. Built in 1866-69, this Gothic structure was designed by Gordon W. Lloyd and first used for Divine . . . Map (db m69890) HM
4Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan — James E. Mahan Park
Near Brady Street east of Riverfront Plaza, on the right when traveling east.
By resolution of the Allegan City Council, this park is dedicated to the memory of JAMES E. MAHAN, M.D. 1895–1984 Dr. Mahan ministered to the needs of the Allegan area -- both in the personal and public health fields -- from 1931 . . . Map (db m69900) HM
5Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan — S549A — The Second Street Bridge
On State Street (2nd Street) south of Brady Street, on the left when traveling south.
This simply ornamented wrought-iron bridge was built in 1886. It replaced an earlier wooden one that had begun to fall into disrepair. Designed by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio, the double-intersection Pratt . . . Map (db m69901) HM
6Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan — Welcome to Allegan"Steamboat Alley"
On Riverfront Plaza west of Brady Street, on the right when traveling east.
"MEET ME AT COOK PARK, ALLEGAN, MICHIGAN" The steamer Mildred carried passengers to and from Cook Park until about the time of W.W.I. The park was located at Cady's Grove, about three miles upriver from the dock behind the bank in Allegan, . . . Map (db m69899) HM
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7Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — L1801 — Douglas Union School
On Center Street at Mixer Street, on the left when traveling east on Center Street.
Side 1 In 1866, faced with the growth of what were then the separate villages of Douglas and Dudleyville, Saugatauk Township Districts No. 3 and 4 merged forming Union District No. 3. The Douglas Union School opened for classes in . . . Map (db m45325) HM
8Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — 1341 — Dr. Asa Goodrich House — Michigan Historic Site —
Near West Center Street at Mixer Street.
Dr. Asa Goodrich House Built in 1872Map (db m45469) HM
9Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — L1239 — Dutcher Lodge No. 193 / Douglas
On Center Street at Union Street, on the left when traveling east on Center Street.
Dutcher Lodge No. 193 Masons from Douglas, Fennville, and Saugatauk chartered Dutcher Lodge No. 193 on January 19, 1867. From 1867 to 1870 they held meetings in a building owned by Worshipful Master Thomas Dutcher. In 1875, the western . . . Map (db m45393) HM
10Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — S0742 — Francis Metallic Surfboat
On Center Street west of North Union Street, on the right when traveling west.
From about 1854 to at least 1863, this surfboat was used for lifesaving purposes near the Saugatuck Lighthouse. It was one of 48 used on the Great Lakes and one of 137 used nationally. Joseph Francis, owner of the Francis Metallic Lifeboat Company, . . . Map (db m182126) HM
11Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — Mt. Baldhead
Near W. Center Street west of N. Union Street.
Mt. Baldhead is one of Michigan’s tallest dunes. Local Indians used it for their White Dog ceremonial sacrifice. In 1884 it became a park with camping at the foot and observation tower on top. In 1890, the first Fat Mans Club dune climb took place, . . . Map (db m73645) HM
12Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — New Singapore
On Hamilton Street west of North Union Street, on the right when traveling east.
Just north of here, where the river enters Lake nMichigan (the "n" is silent), the once proud island nation of Singapore washed ashore in the same storm that took the Edmund Fitzgerald, which may explain the unusual devotion of Singapore's . . . Map (db m160034) HM
13Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — L1628 — Pier Cove
On Lakeshore Drive south of 123rd Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Surveyed in 1839, the village of Pier Cove was once hailed as "the busiest port between St. Joseph and Muskegon." Before the Civil War, Pier Cove was a bustling community and a major point for lumber distribution, with ships departing daily carrying . . . Map (db m73498) HM
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14Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — 1472 — Sarah M. Kirby HouseMichigan Historic Site
Near W. Center Street at Blue Star Highway.
Sarah M. Kirby House Built in 1890Map (db m45473) HM
15Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — The Old School HouseHistory Center and Back-in-Time Garden
Near W. Center Street west of N. Union Street, on the right when traveling west.
The School House opened its doors in 1867, replacing a one-room school nearby. Known then as the Douglas Union School and part of a new public school consolidation movement in Michigan, the school offered classes at all grades—pioneering in . . . Map (db m73644) HM
16Michigan, Allegan County, Douglas — Welcome to Historic Douglas
On W. Center Street west of N. Union Street, on the right when traveling west.
On its winding path to Lake Michigan, the Kalamazoo River separates the land of Saugatuck and Douglas. While the north bank pioneer settlements of Saugatuck and Singapore got their start in the 1830's, it was not until the 1850's that the opposite . . . Map (db m73643) HM
17Michigan, Allegan County, Fennville — L589 — Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge
Near Old Allegan Road, 0.3 miles east of 58th Street.
Spanning the Kalamazoo River, this 422-foot bridge is one of Michigan’s longest pony truss highway bridges, and among the oldest surviving swing bridges in the United States. The Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Company fabricated the $5,000 structure, . . . Map (db m73574) HM
18Michigan, Allegan County, Fennville — Ganges Township Civil War Monument
Near Blue Star Highway (County Road A-2) 0.4 miles south of 124th Avenue (State Highway 89), on the left when traveling south.
(Front / West Panel) Ganges Volunteers S. Shepherd 2 CAV • U.M. Nichols 2 CAV • Loomis 3 CAV • W. Bicnell 3 CAV • S. Winn 3 CAV • R. Winn 3 CAV • J. Woodin 3 CAV • O.P. Taylor 5 CAV • J.M. Weaver 8 CAV • S.D. Tobey 8 CAV • W. . . . Map (db m73510) WM
19Michigan, Allegan County, Fennville — New Richmond Historical Timeline
Near Old Allegan Road, 0.2 miles north of 57th Street, on the left when traveling north.
  • 1825 - Trading post established by Louis Campau (a Frenchman) at the mouth of the Rabbit River approximately one mile upstream from what is now New Richmond.
  • 1825 - Mack’s Landing trading post established where Purdy’s Landing is now . . . Map (db m73571) HM
20Michigan, Allegan County, Fennville — New Richmond History
Near Old Allegan Road, 0.3 miles east of 58th Street.
New Richmond got its start in 1836, when three eastern investors, led by John Allen of Ann Arbor, arranged to found a city here. John Allen, a Virginian by birth, purchased 2240 acres in Allegan County on the north side of the Kalamazoo River just . . . Map (db m73573) HM
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21Michigan, Allegan County, Fennville — The Railroad & New Richmond
Near Old Allegan Road, 0.3 miles east of 58th Street.
The railroad has been a central component of New Richmond’s history from the very beginning. The first railroad bridge crossing the Kalamazoo River at New Richmond was completed in 1871. It was originally built for the Chicago & Michigan Lake Shore . . . Map (db m73572) HM
22Michigan, Allegan County, Fennville — Welcome to Fennville
On W. Main Street (State Highway 89) west of Maple Street, on the right when traveling west.
The early settlement that eventually became Fennville was established where two log roads crossed at a low place along the town line road between Manlius and Clyde Townships. Early maps show a church and sawmill on the high ground to the west of . . . Map (db m73526) HM
23Michigan, Allegan County, Hamilton — L1318 — Oakland Christian Reformed Church
On 38th Street, 0.3 miles north of 144th Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
A Dutch settlement known as Oakland sprang up in this area about a decade after the founding of nearby Holland in 1847. Many residents worshipped with the Vriesland and Drenthe congregations until they formed their own churches. One group, North . . . Map (db m73681) HM
24Michigan, Allegan County, Holland — L77 — Ebenezer Reformed Church
On Ottogan Street (E. 32nd Street), 0.2 miles east of 52nd Street, on the right when traveling east.
Members of the First Reformed Church in Holland founded this congregation in 1866 to provide a place of worship for the settlers living southeast of town. Heavy immigration from the Netherlands prompted this move. The Dutch language was used . . . Map (db m73682) HM
25Michigan, Allegan County, Holland — L483 — Graafschap Christian Reformed Church
On Church Street, 0.1 miles south of 146th Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
(Side One) Erected in 1862, this church was the center of the Dutch immigrant community. The first settlers in this area arrived in early 1847 led by the Reverend Albertus C. V. Raalte. In June of that year a separate group of seventy . . . Map (db m73685) HM
26Michigan, Allegan County, Holland — L1611 — Laketown Township Hall
On 142nd Avenue, 0.1 miles west of Beeline Road, on the right when traveling east.
Laketown Township was settled by Dutch immigrants who arrived in the area in 1847. Originally part of Newark Township, Laketown was set off in 1858 and named for its proximity to Lake Michigan. Officials did not have a meeting hall until 1884 when . . . Map (db m73641) HM
27Michigan, Allegan County, Holland — L0070 — Old Wing Mission
On East 147th Avenue, 0.5 miles east of South Waverly Road (54th Street), on the right when traveling east. Reported damaged.
The main portion of this building was the residence of George N. Smith, a Congregational missionary to the Indians in this area and at Waukazoo's Village on nearby Lake Macatawa. The mission was named after an Indian convert. Built in 1844-45 by . . . Map (db m73683) HM
28Michigan, Allegan County, Holland — The First Pioneers of Graafschap
Near Church Street, 0.1 miles south of 146th Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
In memory of the First Pioneers of Graafschaap of which the following are buried here Lambert Tinholt           1849 Infant Neerken           1850 Geesje Kropschot           1850 Geert Kamps          1850 Roelafje Schrow          1850 . . . Map (db m73687) HM
29Michigan, Allegan County, Hopkins — Hopkins Township Veterans Memorial
On E. Main Street at Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Main Street.
In Memory of Hopkins Township Veterans Lost in Wars Civil War Frederick A. Brewer   6-17-1865 • Darwin E. Calloway    POW • William Everhart    3-28-1863 • Reuben Grommon    6-21-1865 • Reuben Hoffmaster    2-19-1865 • Homer . . . Map (db m74605) HM
30Michigan, Allegan County, Hopkins — U.S.S. Maine Memorial
On E. Main Street at Clark Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Main Street.
In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th 1898 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. MaineMap (db m74606) WM
31Michigan, Allegan County, Hopkins — Welcome to the Village of HopkinsFrom Hopkinsburg to Hopkins
On E. Main Street at Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Main Street.
Jonathan Olin Round built the first log cabin in the area known as Hopkinsburg in 1837. His family came to join him in 1838. Other settlers soon followed. They settled in Hopkinsburg due to the good farmland the creek flowing through, providing . . . Map (db m74604) HM
32Michigan, Allegan County, Martin — Early History of MartinMartin was First Settled a Year Before Michigan Became a State
On 10th Street at Templeton Street, on the right when traveling north on 10th Street.
On the 8th day of January, 1836, Mumford Eldred along with his second wife, Jane, and five children, settled on 40 acres in section 29 of Martin Township. The land included a 30 acre clearing on which the northern edge lived a small band of . . . Map (db m74657) HM
33Michigan, Allegan County, Martin — Geib Veterans Memorial
Near 10th Street north of Lee Street, on the right when traveling north.
We honor these Veterans who gave their lives while serving our Country. Their sacrifice and devotion helped preserve our freedom. William Cornelius - 1862 - Army • Amasa Carpenter - 1863 - Army • Alvah Green - 1863 - Army • Alfred Leonard - . . . Map (db m74650) WM
34Michigan, Allegan County, Otsego — Otsego Civil War Memorial
Near N. Farmer Street (15th St), 0.2 miles north of River Street, on the right when traveling north.
In Memoriam Given in F.C. and L. The Soldiers and Sailors Who Died That the Union Might LiveMap (db m73760) WM
35Michigan, Allegan County, Otsego — L2119 — Otsego Methodist Church
On E. Allegan Street (State Highway 89) east of N. Fair Street, on the left when traveling east.
The Otsego Methodist Church was organized in 1842 and served by a traveling minister. The first church was built on this site in 1847. On December 22, 1889, over 900 townspeople attended the dedication of the present church. Many donated money . . . Map (db m69960) HM
36Michigan, Allegan County, Otsego — Welcome to Pine CreekHere Sat the Community of Pine Creek
On Jefferson Road, 0.1 miles west of 19th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Settled in 1831 by the Hull Sherwood and Giles Scott families of Rochester, New York, the Pine Creek area was first called “New Rochester.” Allegan County’s first grist mill was constructed here in 1834, attracting customers from miles around, and . . . Map (db m74596) HM
37Michigan, Allegan County, Otsego — Welcome to the City of OtsegoOtsego: A Town with a History
Near N. Farmer Street south of Helen Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
Dr. Samuel Foster and his family built the first frame structure just west of here on the banks of the Kalamazoo River in the fall of 1831. First called “Allegan,” the name was changed officially to Otsego in 1835 when land developer Horace . . . Map (db m73761) HM
38Michigan, Allegan County, Overisel — L1566 — Overisel / Overisel Reformed Church
On 142nd Avenue at 47th Street, on the right when traveling east on 142nd Avenue.
(Side One) Overisel Seeking religious liberty and better economic opportunity in a new land, the Reverend Seine Bolks and a congregation of about two dozen families, left Hellendoorn, Province of Overisel, The Netherlands, on . . . Map (db m73646) HM
39Michigan, Allegan County, Plainwell — Early History of Plainwell"The Island City"
Near N. Main Street north of E. Bannister Street, on the right when traveling south.
Plainwell, formerly know as Plainfield, became an incorporated municipality in 1869, and later became designated as a city on March 12, 1934. The community is nestled along the banks of the Kalamazoo River and the Mill Race giving it the unique . . . Map (db m74530) HM
40Michigan, Allegan County, Plainwell — Soule Memorial FountainPlainwell History
Near W. Allegan Street (State Highway 89) at W. Bridge Street, on the right when traveling east.
The Soule Memorial Fountain was built in 1907, donated by Mrs. Carrie Soule in memory of her late husband, George Gary Soule. The fountain was destroyed in 1953 when a truck driver from the Grand Rapids Hide Company was on his way to the . . . Map (db m74673) HM
41Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — L0908A — All Saints Episcopal Church / Gordon W. Lloyd
On Grand Street at Hoffman Street, on the left when traveling north on Grand Street.
All Saints Episcopal Church An Episcopal parish was organized in Saugatauk on All Saints Day, November 1, 1868. Services were held at various locations until 1873. In 1871 the parish purchased property. Detroit architect Gordon W. Lloyd . . . Map (db m45324) HM
42Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — S697 — Felt Mansion
Near Shore Acres Drive, 0.2 miles west of 138th Avenue.
Chicago inventor and businessman Dorr Felt built this house as a summer home for his wife, Agnes. Felt held numerous patents, mostly notably for the Comptometer, the first machine to do complex calculations. In 1919 Felt purchased more than 750 . . . Map (db m73640) HM
43Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — L1818 — First Congregational Church
On Hoffman Street at Griffith Street, on the left when traveling east on Hoffman Street.
On January 11, 1860, eight years before Saugatuck was incorporated as a village, a council of area Congregational leaders met in the Pine Grove schoolhouse and organized a church. During the summer the congregation built a church on this site, which . . . Map (db m45457) HM
44Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — 2172 — Reed's Livery
On Culver Street at Griffith Street, on the right when traveling west on Culver Street.
Roger E. Reed, whose father was a blacksmith and carriage maker, built this structure in 1905. The front of the building housed an office and carriages, while the back was a stable of 25 stalls. Here travelers boarded stages bound for Holland, Grand . . . Map (db m45238) HM
45Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — 1762 — Saugatuck Engine House — Michigan Historic Site —
On Butler Street at Culver Street, on the left when traveling north on Butler Street.
Saugatuck Engine House Built 1879-1880Map (db m45280) HM
46Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — L2284 — Saugatuck Pump House
Near Park Street north of Van Dalson Street.
The village of Saugatuck built this structure in 1904 to house the community’s first water pumps. The building’s construction cost about $720. The pumps were part of a water system designed by John W. Alvord, an engineer from Chicago. The two . . . Map (db m154313) HM
47Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — S191 — Singapore, Michigan
On Butler Street at Culver Street, on the left when traveling north on Butler Street.
Beneath the sands near the mouth of the Kalamazoo River lies the site of Singapore, one of Michigan's most famous ghost towns. Founded in the 1830's by New York land speculators, who hoped it would rival Chicago or Milwaukee as a lake port, . . . Map (db m45269) HM
48Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — L1908 — The Allegan Road
On Old Allegan Road, 0.1 miles west of New Richmond Road, on the right when traveling east.
When Allegan county was organized in 1835, the only road from the interior to Lake Michigan followed an Indian Trail along the Kalamazoo River. In 1838 Ralph Mann of Connecticut was supervising improvements at the short-lived town of Richmond. He . . . Map (db m73603) HM
49Michigan, Allegan County, Saugatuck — Welcome to River Bluff ParkHistoric Saugatuck Township
Near Old Allegan Road, 0.1 miles west of New Richmond Road.
You are near the center of Historic Saugatuck Township in River Bluff Park. The first settlers came here to a howling wilderness in the early 1830's. Within the township, Saugatuck is a half-mile to the west on the Old Allegan Road. Across the . . . Map (db m73604) HM
50Michigan, Allegan County, Shelbyville — Early History of Shelbyville
On 124th Avenue east of Pearl Street, on the right when traveling east.
In the 1870's the Village of Shelbyville was created by the arrival of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. Shelbyville was named after the first railroad station agent, Mr. Shelby. Since there was already a Michigan town named Shelby, the . . . Map (db m74594) HM
51Michigan, Allegan County, Wayland — L1274 — Henika Ladies Library
On S. Main Street at Pine Street, on the right when traveling north on S. Main Street.
Upon her death in April 1899, Julia Robinson Henika bequeathed two thousand dollars to the Wayland Ladies Library Association for construction of a library building. Her husband George H. Henika, and mother, Mary Forbes, later donated additional . . . Map (db m73679) HM
52Michigan, Allegan County, Wayland — Welcome to Wayland
On N. Main Street at E. Superior Street, on the right when traveling north on N. Main Street.
It is hard to imagine now, but 200 years ago, the place we know as Wayland was densely forested and the people who lived here, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi, lived in settled villages, farming, hunting, and gathering the rich . . . Map (db m73677) HM
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Jan. 30, 2023