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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Berrien County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Berrien 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 Berrien County, MI (71) Cass County, MI (33) Van Buren County, MI (44) Cook County, IL (219) Lake County, IL (61) LaPorte County, IN (53) Porter County, IN (29) St. Joseph County, IN (61)  BerrienCounty(71) Berrien County (71)  CassCounty(33) Cass County (33)  VanBurenCounty(44) Van Buren County (44)  CookCountyIllinois(219) Cook County (219)  LakeCounty(61) Lake County (61)  LaPorteCountyIndiana(53) LaPorte County (53)  PorterCounty(29) Porter County (29)  St.JosephCounty(61) St. Joseph County (61)
Adjacent to Berrien County, Michigan
    Cass County (33)
    Van Buren County (44)
    Cook County, Illinois (219)
    Lake County, Illinois (61)
    LaPorte County, Indiana (53)
    Porter County, Indiana (29)
    St. Joseph County, Indiana (61)
 
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1Michigan (Berrien County), Benton Harbor — Benton Harbor Fruit Market
Near Territorial Road 0.2 miles east of North Crystal Avenue, on the left when traveling east.
Relocated and constructed on this site 1967-1968 by authority of Benton Harbor City Commission, as of June 20, 1968.      This agricultural marketing facility was originally created by the city of Benton Harbor in 1870 at its original location at . . . Map (db m85364) HM
2Michigan (Berrien County), Benton Harbor — S717 — Israelite House of David / Mary's City of David
On East Britain Avenue at Eastman Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East Britain Avenue.
(Obverse Side) Israelite House of David Based on the teachings of the Christian Israelite tradition begun by Joanna Southcott in England in 1792. Benjamin and Mary Purnell founded the House of David communal religious community in . . . Map (db m64809) HM
3Michigan (Berrien County), Benton Harbor — S155 — The Fruit Belt
Near Territorial Road 0.2 miles east of North Crystal Avenue, on the left when traveling east.
Because of Lake Michigan's moderating effect, a narrow coastal strip from Indiana to Grand Traverse Bay, 300 miles north, is blessed by a climate uniquely suited to fruit growing. This fact was observed by the 1840's when peaches already were being . . . Map (db m64812) HM
4Michigan (Berrien County), Benton Harbor — The Historic District of Mary's City of DavidNational Register of Historic Places — Listed by the Keeper of the National Register, April 15, 2009 —
On Eastman Avenue south of E. Britain Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Officially beginning on 14 March, 1930, Mary Purnell’s reorganization of the Israelite House of David began in a very humble fashion on newly acquired properties along Britain and Eastman Avenues. With four agricultural properties, an unfinished and . . . Map (db m81805) HM
5Michigan (Berrien County), Benton Harbor — L37 — The Morton House
On Territorial Road 0.1 miles east of Paw Paw Ave., on the left when traveling east.
This house built in 1849, by Eleazar Morton and his son Henry, was occupied until 1936 by four generations of Mortons. The oak-framed barn was built in 1840. Members of the Morton family, pioneers in this area, were prominent in Benton Harbor's . . . Map (db m43844) HM
6Michigan (Berrien County), Berrien Springs — 1870 Berrien County Jail
Near North Kimmel Street south of West Union Street, on the left when traveling south.
A Unique Jail Gilbert B. Avery, architect of the 1839 Courthouse next door, also designed the 1870 Berrien County Jail and Sheriff's Residence. The brick jail appeared from the outside as a conventional square structure with a ventilator . . . Map (db m64919) HM
7Michigan (Berrien County), Berrien Springs — S250 — Andrews University
On JN Andrews Boulevard at Old US 31 (Michigan Highway 139), on the right when traveling north on JN Andrews Boulevard.
This, the oldest Seventh-day Adventist college and the pioneer in a world-wide system of Christian education, was chartered in 1874 at Battle Creek as Battle Creek College. It was moved to Berrien Springs in 1901 where its name was changed to . . . Map (db m64917) HM
8Michigan (Berrien County), Berrien Springs — 38 — Berrien County CourthouseMichigan's Oldest County Courthouse — Michigan Legal Milestone —
Near North Cass Street (State Highway 139) at West Union Street, on the right when traveling south.
The county courthouse is an iconic symbol of the American legal system. Its importance in Michigan is established in the Michigan Constitution of 1835, which authorized county courts and the laws that followed, requiring counties to provide suitable . . . Map (db m69920) HM
9Michigan (Berrien County), Berrien Springs — HB50 — Berrien Springs Courthouse
On North Cass Street (State Highway 139) at West Union Street, on the right when traveling south on North Cass Street.
This building, a fine example of the Greek Revival style, was designed by Gilbert B. Avery in 1838. James Lewis, the contractor, agreed to complete the building by April, 1839. Built almost entirely of whitewood, the courthouse has hand-hewn timbers . . . Map (db m64918) HM
10Michigan (Berrien County), Berrien Springs — L2130 — Union Church and Cemetery
On Pokagon Road at State Highway 140, on the right when traveling east on Pokagon Road.
In 1857 Protestants of different denominations established a church and cemetery on property purchased from Zera and Eliza Wright. They dedicated the Greek Revival-style Union Church on July 4, 1858. The denominations held services on alternating . . . Map (db m64939) HM
11Michigan (Berrien County), Bertrand — S0286 — Bertrand
On East Betrand Road near Bond Street.
Nearby French and English trading posts were known as parc aux vaches or “cowpens” for the wild buffalo once found here. Joseph Bertrand, an early trader, married the daughter of a Potawatomi chief and through her acquired land in . . . Map (db m1604) HM
12Michigan (Berrien County), Bertrand — L1363C — Parc Aux VachesMadeline Bertrand Park
Near Adams Road 0.3 miles north of State Line Road, on the left when traveling north.
Known as Parc aux Vaches, or “cow pasture,” this area was named by the French for the wild buffalo that once grazed here. Two major Indian trails crossed here: the Sauk Trail, also called the old Chicago Trail, which linked Detroit and . . . Map (db m64552) HM
13Michigan (Berrien County), Bertrand — 260 — St. Joseph's Mission
Near Madaline Street 0.1 miles west of Adams Road, on the right when traveling west.
Here, in 1837, in the then flourishing settlement of Bertrand, a fine brick church, dedicated to St. Joseph, was built to serve the Catholics of this area. In this church, on September 8, 1844, the habit of the Sisters of the Holy Cross was given . . . Map (db m64931) HM
14Michigan (Berrien County), Buchanan — 2276 — Buchanan Downtown
On East Front Street west of Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
Commerce and Industry have characterized the Buchanan Downtown Historic District since mill owner Charles Cowles settled here in the 1830s. McCoy's Creek supplied millraces for fifteen mills. The circa 1840 Day and Hamilton Race supported William . . . Map (db m155293) HM
15Michigan (Berrien County), Buchanan — Downtown Buchanan National Register Historic District
On East Front Street at Main Street, on the right when traveling east on East Front Street.
This Historic District has served as the city's commercial, civic and cultural center since Buchanan's 1830s founding, and includes properties from as early as the 1840s. In 1862, a fire leveled half of Buchanan's mostly wooden downtown, between . . . Map (db m155294) HM
16Michigan (Berrien County), Buchanan — L1466 — Pears MillRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On South Oak Street south of Front Street.
Built in 1853Map (db m1873) HM
17Michigan (Berrien County), Buchanan — L1368A — Portage Prairie United Methodist Church
On Orange Road 0.2 miles south of West Chicago Road, on the right when traveling south.
(Side 1) Persuaded by reports of good land from the Reverend John Seybert, Bishop of the Ohio Conference, the Jacob and David Rough families came to Portage Prairie from Pennsylvania in the spring of 1849. In 1851 they organized the Zion . . . Map (db m64835) HM
18Michigan (Berrien County), Coloma — Baker Park
On North Paw Paw Street at East Center Street, on the right when traveling north on North Paw Paw Street.
Dr. William A. Baker, 19th century physician and teacher, a lifetime civic leader and community builder, purchased this land and presented it to Coloma in 1885 for a public park.Map (db m64892) HM
19Michigan (Berrien County), Harbert — L2272 — Carl Sandburg / Chikaming Goat Farm
On Red Arrow Highway 0.1 miles east of Spring Bend Court, on the right when traveling east.
Carl Sandburg In 1926. author and poet Carl Sandburg (1878 -1967) and his family rented a summer home on Lake Michigan, near the town of Sawyer. Two years later, Sandburg purchased several lots in Harbert. His wife Lilian (1883-1977), . . . Map (db m165338) HM
20Michigan (Berrien County), Lakeside — L2134 — Lakeside Inn
On Lakeshore Road at Park Drive, on the right when traveling north on Lakeshore Road.
Known as Ames Grove, this property served as a picnic ground and recreation area beginning in the 1880s. John Aylesworth purchased the property in 1901 and opened the Lakeside Inn in this building as early as 1915. The hotel once had its own zoo and . . . Map (db m64830) HM
21Michigan (Berrien County), New Buffalo — Eisenhower Interstate System
On Interstate 94.
During the presidency (1953–1961) of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, the National System of Interstate and Defense highways was finalized and signed into law. Gaining support for the Interstate Highway System . . . Map (db m1668) HM
22Michigan (Berrien County), New Buffalo — L1256 — New Buffalo Welcome Center
On Interstate 94.
The nation’s first Highway Travel Information center opened on May 4, 1935, on US-12 at New Buffalo, not far from here. Other states followed Michigan’s lead, and by 1985 there were 251 travel information centers across the nation. The New Buffalo . . . Map (db m1593) HM
23Michigan (Berrien County), New Buffalo — The Iron Brigade / The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment
On Interstate 94.
The Iron Brigade The Iron Brigade became one of the most celebrated military units on the American Civil War (1861–1865). Wearing distinctive black hats, they were easily recognised by friend and foe alike. The five volunteer regiments . . . Map (db m4117) HM
24Michigan (Berrien County), New Buffalo — 718 — West Michigan Pike
On North Whittaker Street 0.2 miles north of East Water Street, on the left when traveling north.
(side 1) At the turn of the twentieth century, deep ruts and sand made West Michigan roads nearly impassable. In 1911 the West Michigan Lakeshore Highway Association was founded to promote the construction of the first improved highway . . . Map (db m60839) HM
25Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Carey Mission
On Niles Buchanan Road at Philip Road, on the right when traveling west on Niles Buchanan Road.
Founded in 1822 by Isaac McCoy Carey Mission This tablet placed in 1922 by Fort St. Joseph Chapter D.A.R.Map (db m68473) HM
26Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Donavon F. SmithLieutenant General USAF — 1922 - 1974 —
On E. Main Street (State Highway 51) at S. 12th Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Main Street.
This Veterans Memorial Park is named in honor of Donavon F. Smith, Lt. General, USAF. General Smith graduated from Niles High School in 1940. After flight training, he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England where he flew 123 combat . . . Map (db m68534) HM
27Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Donavon F. Smith Veterans Memorial Park Monument
Near E. Main Street (State Highway 51) at S. 12th Street.
Dedicated to all veterans by the people of the greater Niles area "Our country is free only because it is the Home of the Brave"Map (db m68533) WM
28Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Father Claude Jean Allouez S. J.
Near Bond Street 0.3 miles north of Front Street, on the right when traveling north.
To the memory of Father Claude Jean Allouez S. J. Whose intrepid courage won the admiration of the Indians and whose apostolic zeal earned for him the title of the Francis Xavier of the American Missions. Father Allouez was born at St. . . . Map (db m68554) HM
29Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L0477 — Ferry Street School
On Ferry Street near North 6th Street.
Constructed in 1867 at a cost of nearly $3,000, the Ferry Street School opened in January, 1868 as Niles’s school for “colored children.” In 1870 the Niles school system was integrated, and this facility closed. It reopened as an . . . Map (db m1635) HM
30Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — S0004 — Fort St. Joseph
On South Bond St. near Fort Street.
The French fort built here in 1691 controlled southern Michigan’s principal Indian trade routes. Missionaries and fur traders were here already. The fort became a British outpost in 1761. Two years later it was one of the forts seized by Indians . . . Map (db m1628) HM
31Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L1643 — Four Flags Hotel
On East Main Street (Business U.S. 12) near 4th Street.
The Four Flags Hotel opened with much fanfare on July 6, 1926. The newly formed Niles Hotel Corporation had raised $350,000 to build a hotel on the site of the Pike House hostelry. Chicago architect Charles W. Nicol designed the hotel, which was . . . Map (db m1629) HM
32Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — S0655 — John and Horace Dodge / The Dodge Brothers
On North Fifth Street.
John and Horace Dodge. Auto barons John (1864–1920) and Horace (1868–1920) Dodge were born and raised in Niles. During the 1830s, their grandfather, Ezekiel, had migrated from Massachusetts to Niles, where he ran a steam engine . . . Map (db m1707) HM
33Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L1788 — John B. Reddick BuildingRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On Front Street (State Highway 139) at Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street.
Built in 1855Map (db m70309) HM
34Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L2112 — Johnson Cemetery
On Old US 31 (State Highway 139) 0.3 miles south of Ullery Road, on the right when traveling north.
John Johnson Sr. donated property for this cemetery in 1838. His son Samuel had been buried on the land in 1835. John Johnson Jr. was among the township's first white settlers. The Johnsons and many pioneers are buried here. All but 20 of the 211 . . . Map (db m64953) HM
35Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L1874 — Michigan Central Railroad Depot / Michigan Central Railroad Company
Near Dey Street east of N. 5th Street (Michigan Highway 51), on the right when traveling east.
(Obverse Side) Michigan Central Railroad Depot This Richardsonian Romanesque-style depot was constructed in 1892 by the Michigan Central Railroad Company. Seeking to create a lasting impression of Michigan for passengers . . . Map (db m68480) HM
36Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L1874 — Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot
Near Dey Street near North 5th Street (Michigan Highway 51).
Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot Built in 1892. This Property is listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m1636) HM
37Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L732A — Morris Chapel Church
On Pucker Street at Chapel Road, on the right when traveling north on Pucker Street.
The local Methodist Episcopal Society, the oldest Methodist society in Berrien Township, was organized in 1840. In 1846 it voted to name its church in honor of Bishop Thomas A. Morris, then the head of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Michigan. . . . Map (db m64952) HM
38Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Niles - A Transportation CenterOpening Southwestern Michigan to the World
Near Front Street (State Highway 139) south of Wayne Street, on the left when traveling north.
The St. Joseph River and the Sauk Trail (now U.S. 12) were major transportation routes for Indians, French voyagers, missionaries, military and early settlers through Niles. Nile's first railroad, the Michigan Central Railroad arrived October 1, . . . Map (db m68537) HM
39Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Niles Veterans Memorial
Near W. Main Street 0.1 miles west of Front Street, on the right when traveling west.
(South Face of Memorial) You a veteran of this Old town or pilgrim From far away looking For some tranquility... Here you may become Silent in honor of those Who have served... No one is a stranger at This revered place . . . Map (db m68541) WM
40Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — Parrott Civil War CannonRiverfront Park Historical Trail
Near W. Main Street (State Highway 139) 0.1 miles west of Front Street, on the right when traveling west.
Nearly 12,000 memorial cannons were donated by the U.S. Government, between 1872 and 1916, to local Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and other civic and patriotic groups for the purpose of display as a veterans' war memorial. They . . . Map (db m67883) HM WM
41Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — PA-WA-TING(Great Crossing)
On Grant Street at Parkway Street, on the right when traveling east on Grant Street.
Here the Old Sauk Trail forded the O-Sang-E-Wong-Se-Be now known as the Saint Joseph River.Map (db m68474) HM
42Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — S0339 — Ring Lardner
On Bond Street north of Fort Street.
Sportswriter, humorist, sardonic observer of the American scene, Ring Lardner was born in the house across the street on March 6, 1885. Possibly the best-known American author in the 1920s, he began his career writing sketches of sporting events for . . . Map (db m1632) HM
43Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — S0344 — Saint Mary’s
On South Lincoln Avenue (Business U.S. 12) near Clay Street.
The Roman Catholic Church in Niles traces its origin to the Indian Mission established at nearby Fort St. Joseph in the late 1600’s. Reestablished at Bertrand, three miles south of Niles, in the 1830s, the mission moved into town in 1849 and was . . . Map (db m1606) HM
44Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L1902 — Second Baptist Church
On Ferry Street near North 5th Street (Michigan Highway 51).
In 1851 the Reverends J.W. Hackley and D.G. Lett organized the Second Baptist Church under the Anti-Slavery Baptist Association. The first of four churches—a log building—was erected on the southeast corner of Sixth and Ferry streets. In . . . Map (db m1607) HM
45Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L0475 — The Chapin House / Henry Austin Chapin
On East Main Street.
The Chapin House. This Queen Anne style house, completed in 1884, was the Henry A. Chapin family home until 1902. In 1932, when the City of Niles bought the property at auction for $300, the Chapin children stipulated that it be used only for . . . Map (db m1706) HM
46Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L0062 — Trinity Church
On South Fourth Street near Broadway Street.
This is the oldest existing church structure in Niles, located in the oldest Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Western Michigan. The first Episcopal service in Niles was conducted by Bishop Philander Chase in 1832. The parish was organized in 1834. . . . Map (db m1634) HM
47Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — U.S.S. Maine Memorial
Near E. Main Street at N. 5th Street, on the right when traveling east.
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 m68477) WM
48Michigan (Berrien County), Niles — L0734 — Wesley United Methodist Church
On Cedar Street.
In 1839 circuit riders from Ohio began preaching in Niles, using the barroom of a local hotel. In 1832 nine worshipers formed the Methodist class that grew to be the Wesley United Methodist Church. They dedicated their first house of worship in . . . Map (db m1605) HM
49Michigan (Berrien County), Sodus Township — L1923 — The Hogue HouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On Sodus Parkway at South Pipestone Road, on the right when traveling east on Sodus Parkway.
In 1854 Robert Hogue (1846-1905) migrated from Pennsylvania to Pipestone Township with his family. At age seventeen, he began teaching in a local school. He attended Adrian College, later graduating from the University of Michigan before he resumed . . . Map (db m64868) HM
50Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Boatbuilding Industry
On Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east.
St. Joseph and Benton Harbor once ranked among the nation's leading boatbuilding centers. From 1892 to 1955, waterfront facilities of the Truscott Boat Manufacturing Company, Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding Corporation, and Robinson Marine Construction . . . Map (db m68202) HM
51Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — S234 — Burnett's Post
On Langley Avenue at Miller Drive, on the right when traveling north on Langley Avenue.
William Burnett, an American patriot from New Jersey, established a trading post on the bank of the St. Joseph River immediately east of this point between 1775 and 1782. He was the first permanent white resident of this area. He married Kakima, . . . Map (db m64855) HM
52Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Commercial Fishing
On Water Street west of State Street, on the right when traveling west.
Commercial fishing was one of St. Joseph's earliest maritime trades. Native Americans and the settlers who followed found the river and lake full of trout, whitefish, sturgeon, and perch. By the 1900s, family-run fisheries became major contributors . . . Map (db m68224) HM
53Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Commercial Shipping
Near Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east.
Schooners rigged for sailing and steam-driven freighters were once common sights at St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Fruit, lumber, and manufactured goods made up much of the port's early trade. By the 1870s, vessels were regularly carrying thousands . . . Map (db m68217) HM
54Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Creating a Harbor
On Lake Boulevard at Port Street, on the left when traveling north on Lake Boulevard.
The meeting of river and lake provided a natural setting for a harbor at St. Joseph. Human engineering would ultimately develop the port into one of the busiest on Lake Michigan. In the 1830s, at the urging of local merchants, the U.S. Corps of . . . Map (db m68195) HM
55Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Eleven Inch Dahlgren
On Lake Boulevard at Broad St, on the right when traveling south on Lake Boulevard.
On July 5, 1897 with great pride and effort the A.W. Chapman Post of the Grand Army of the Republic dedicated this gun and grounds to the memories of those who fought in the Civil War in defense of the flag. This 11 inch bore Dahlgren was built in . . . Map (db m64869) HM WM
56Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — 6 — Fort Miami
On Lake Boulevard at Ship Street, on the right when traveling south on Lake Boulevard.
Here in November 1679, on the Miami River, as the St. Joseph was then called, La Salle, the French explorer built a fort as a base for his western explorations. Here he awaited the Griffin, the upper lakes' first ship. When the ill-fated vessel did . . . Map (db m64837) HM
57Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — La Salle MemorialFort Miamis
On Lake Boulevard near Elm St..
This Glacial Boulder found in the bed of the St. Joseph River was erected in 1902 by the Algonquin Chapter Daughters - American Revolution to commemorate the landing of Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle and the building on this point. Fort . . . Map (db m43962) HM
58Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Lighthouses on the Bluff
On Lake Boulevard north of Elm Street, on the left when traveling north.
The Great Lakes region is one of the nation's most important centers of maritime commerce. Lighthouses helped mariners navigate these vast inland seas. In 1832, the U.S. Government built the first lights on Lake Michigan at two of its busiest . . . Map (db m68176) HM
59Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Lighthouses on the Pier
On Lake Boulevard north of Market Street, on the left when traveling north.
The north pier lighthouses, built in 1907, guide ships to this port. The inner light replaced a smaller, wooden lighthouse in use since 1847. The north pier was then extended and the outer light tower was added, allowing mariners to find the harbor . . . Map (db m68152) HM
60Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — L1019A — Old St. Joseph NeighborhoodRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On State Street at Sutherland Street, on the left when traveling south on State Street.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, local river captains, mill owners, merchants and other professionals built homes in this neighborhood. Over one hundred of their homes remain. They exemplify popular architectural styles . . . Map (db m64856) HM
61Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Recreational Boating
Near Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east.
Whether paddling a canoe, riding a riverboat, or sailing a yacht, pleasure boating has always been a favorite St. Joseph activity. Recreational boating has remained popular due to well-stocked fishing grounds and accessible private and city marinas. . . . Map (db m68216) HM
62Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities
On Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east.
With a ready supply of lumber and a thriving port, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor offered a natural setting for shipbuilding. As early as the 1830s, sailing and steam-powered vessels were built here for lake and river navigation. Shipbuilders . . . Map (db m68204) HM
63Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — Silver Beach Amusement Park
On Lake Boulevard north of Elm Street, on the left when traveling north.
From its opening in 1891, the Silver Beach Amusement Park made St. Joseph a prime destination for tourists. Huge crowds enjoyed the park's many attractions, which included a carousel, roller rink, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, beer garden, . . . Map (db m68177) HM
64Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — St. Joseph Maritime Heritage
On Lake Boulevard north of Market Street, on the left when traveling north.
Two historic waterways, Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River, meet here. Opportunities for maritime trade, transportation, industry and recreation led to the founding of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Explore the Maritime Heritage Trail and . . . Map (db m68151) HM
65Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — St. Joseph Maritime Heritage
On Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east.
Two historic waterways, Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River, meet here. Opportunities for maritime trade, transportation, industry and recreation led to the founding of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Explore the Maritime Heritage Trail and . . . Map (db m68203) HM
66Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — St. Joseph River Swing Bridge
On Water Street west of State Street, on the right when traveling west.
St. Joseph's swing bridge allows passage for both maritime and railroad commerce. An alternative to a drawbridge, the swing bridge pivots open for vessels to pass and closes for trains to cross. St. Joseph's swing bridge is typically left open until . . . Map (db m68223) HM
67Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — St. Joseph's Firemen1898
On Port Street at Lake Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on Port Street.
In Memoriam Erected to commemorate the bravery of those who heroically gave up their lives in the performance of duty at the burning of York's Opera House, Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sunday, September 8, 1896. Edward H. Gange . . . Map (db m64893) HM
68Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot
On Water Street west of State Street, on the right when traveling west.
A U.S. lighthouse supply depot was built at St. Joseph in 1893. For a quarter century, this depot equipped all of Lake Michigan's lights with materials ranging from lenses to lamp oil. Operations of the St. Joseph Depot were transferred to Milwaukee . . . Map (db m68218) HM
69Michigan (Berrien County), St. Joseph — United States Life Saving Service
On Lake Boulevard at Pleasant Street, on the left when traveling north on Lake Boulevard.
The waters off St. Joseph and Benton Harbor have long served as an active and frequently dangerous avenue of maritime trade. High winds and hazardous waves made shipwrecks a common occurrence. To assist mariners, a U.S. Life Saving Service . . . Map (db m68194) HM
70Michigan (Berrien County), Three Oaks — S0239 — The Dewey Cannon
Near East Central Avenue near North Elm Street.
This cannon, captured in the Spanish-American War by Admiral Dewey, was presented to Three Oaks when its citizens raised $1,400 for a memorial to the men of the battleship Maine. This was the largest contribution, per capita, of any community in the . . . Map (db m1603) HM
71Michigan (Berrien County), Union Pier — L2179 — Gordon Beach Inn
On Lakeshore Road at Apple Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Lakeshore Road.
Built in 1924 by Louis and Lena Gordon, and expanded four years later, Gordon Beach Inn was the centerpiece of the Jewish resort subdivision of the same name. The Gordons operated the inn for a decade before losing it during the Great Depression. . . . Map (db m64829) HM
 
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