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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Benzie County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Benzie 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 Benzie County, MI (12) Grand Traverse County, MI (32) Leelanau County, MI (22) Manistee County, MI (25) Wexford County, MI (11) Door County, WI (119) Kewaunee County, WI (36)  BenzieCounty(12) Benzie County (12)  GrandTraverseCounty(32) Grand Traverse County (32)  LeelanauCounty(22) Leelanau County (22)  ManisteeCounty(25) Manistee County (25)  WexfordCounty(11) Wexford County (11)  DoorCountyWisconsin(119) Door County (119)  KewauneeCounty(36) Kewaunee County (36)
Beulah is the county seat for Benzie County
Adjacent to Benzie County, Michigan
      Grand Traverse County (32)  
      Leelanau County (22)  
      Manistee County (25)  
      Wexford County (11)  
      Door County, Wisconsin (119)  
      Kewaunee County, Wisconsin (36)  
 
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1Michigan, Benzie County, Benzonia — S0245 — Benzonia College
On Michigan Avenue (U.S. 31) north of Traverse Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
In 1858, in what was then a remote wilderness, the Rev. Charles E. Bailey and four families from his Ohio Congregational parish founded Benzonia colony. It was to be an "educational Christian colony" modeled after the earlier Congregational . . . Map (db m97478) HM
2Michigan, Benzie County, Benzonia — S0560 — Bruce Catton
On Michigan Avenue (U.S. 31) north of Traverse Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
Historian, author, editor, Bruce Catton (1899-1978) is best known for his two Civil War trilogies -- The Army of the Potomac and The Centennial History of the Civil War. Born in Petoskey, Catton spent most of his childhood in Benzonia, . . . Map (db m97480) HM
3Michigan, Benzie County, Benzonia — L0468 — Mills Community House
On Michigan Avenue (U.S. 31) north of Traverse Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
This building was a girls dormitory erected in 1909 for the Benzonia Academy. Named Mills Cottage in honor of the Reverend Harlow S. Mills, pastor of Benzonia Congregational Church from 1896 to 1916, it became property of that church when the . . . Map (db m97479) HM
4Michigan, Benzie County, Beulah — Crystal Lake
On Prospect Avenue at Lake Street, on the left when traveling west on Prospect Avenue.
In 1873 an ambitious but ill-advised project was put through in an effort to connect Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan with a navigable channel. The original level of Crystal Lake was, at that time, much higher than its present level. The project was a . . . Map (db m97481) HM
5Michigan, Benzie County, Frankfort — L2296 — First Congregational Church
On Forest Avenue at 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on Forest Avenue.
On January 26, 1868, twenty-three early Frankfort residents founded First Congregational Church of Frankfort. They received guidance from an established Congregational Church in Benzonia, Michigan. In accordance with the practices of . . . Map (db m168222) HM
6Michigan, Benzie County, Frankfort — Fog Signal Building
On December 12, 1891, the Lighthouse Board issued a "Notice to Mariners" informing them that a long sought steam-powered fog signal, featuring two 10-inch whistles similar to those then used on locomotives, had been installed at Point Betsie. . . . Map (db m98327) HM
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7Michigan, Benzie County, Frankfort — Gravestone at Point Betsie
Yes, we have a gravestone at Point Betsie but alas no grave. Edward Wheaton, Keeper 1934 to 1946, made this gravestone to honor his mother, Martha Madsen Wheaton, 1857 to 1941. She died in Cheboygan. Keeper Edward Wheaton could not lift the . . . Map (db m98323) HM
8Michigan, Benzie County, Frankfort — S0272 — Marquette's Death
On 2nd Street south of Father Marquette Circle, on the left when traveling south.
On May 18, 1675, Father Jacques Marquette, the great Jesuit missionary and explorer, died and was buried by two French companions somewhere along the Lake Michigan shore of the lower peninsula. Marquette had been returning to his mission at St. . . . Map (db m97466) HM
9Michigan, Benzie County, Frankfort — Oil House
Prior to 1892, large quantities of kerosene that fueled Point Betsie's beacon and apartment lamps, etc., was kept at the base of the lighthouses tower. As at other light stations, a separate building was erected here in 1892 to provide safer . . . Map (db m98330) HM
10Michigan, Benzie County, Frankfort — War Memorial
On Main Street at 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street.
To the men who have devoted their time and their lives that we may continue to live in freedomMap (db m97464) HM
11Michigan, Benzie County, Honor — Honor Area WWII Honor Roll
On Main Street (U.S. 31) at Platte Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street.
[Honor Roll of Veterans]Map (db m97482) WM
12Michigan, Benzie County, Joyfield Township — L2138 — Joyfield Cemetery
On Benzie Highway (U.S. 31) south of King Road, on the right when traveling south.
William Davis. the son of a plantation owner and a slave woman, came here with his wife. Mildred Brand, and their children in 1863. They were among the area's first black landowners. Upon the death of his daughter in 1870, William Davis . . . Map (db m192394) HM
 
 
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Feb. 6, 2023