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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Huron County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Huron 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 Huron County, MI (57) Arenac County, MI (5) Bay County, MI (33) Iosco County, MI (22) Sanilac County, MI (38) Tuscola County, MI (34)  HuronCounty(57) Huron County (57)  ArenacCounty(5) Arenac County (5)  BayCounty(33) Bay County (33)  IoscoCounty(22) Iosco County (22)  SanilacCounty(38) Sanilac County (38)  TuscolaCounty(34) Tuscola County (34)
Bad Axe is the county seat for Huron County
Adjacent to Huron County, Michigan
      Arenac County (5)  
      Bay County (33)  
      Iosco County (22)  
      Sanilac County (38)  
      Tuscola County (34)  
 
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1Michigan, Huron County, Bad Axe — History of the City of Bad Axe
On East Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 142) at South Heisterman Street, on the right when traveling east on East Huron Avenue.
While surveying the first state road through the Huron County wilderness in 1861, Rudolph Papst and George Willis Pack made camp here and found a much-used and badly damaged axe. At Pack's suggestion, Papst used the name "Bad Axe Camp” in the . . . Map (db m211161) HM
2Michigan, Huron County, Bad Axe — Huron County Veterans Memorial
On East Huron Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
In thankfulness to God and in lasting memory to the brave men and women of Huron County who served their countryMap (db m211157) WM
3Michigan, Huron County, Bad Axe — Huron County Veterans Memorial
On East Huron Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Dedicated to those men & women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nationMap (db m211158) WM
4Michigan, Huron County, Bad Axe — Richard M. Nixon37th President of the United States
On East Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 142) east of South Heisterman Street, on the right when traveling east.
On April 10, 1974 and on this spot made his last campaign appearance as president.Map (db m211160) HM
5Michigan, Huron County, Bad Axe — The Freedom Tree
On East Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 142) east of South Heisterman Street, on the right when traveling east.
With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Col. William H. Nelson and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m211159) WM
6Michigan, Huron County, Bad Axe — This Commerative Walkway
On East Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 142) east of South Heisterman Street, on the right when traveling east.
This commerative walkway honors all those who served this great nationMap (db m211156) WM
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7Michigan, Huron County, Bay Port — S458 — Bay Port Fishing District
On Lakeside Drive, 0.2 miles north of Main Street (State Route 25), on the left when traveling south.
The Gillingham Fish Company was established in 1886; the Bay Port Fish Company in 1895. At their peak in the 1920s and 1930s, they shipped tons of perch, walleye, herring, whitefish and carp to New York and Chicago in refrigerated railroad cars. . . . Map (db m160705) HM
8Michigan, Huron County, Bay Port — 141 — Great Fire of 1881
On South Unionville Road (Michigan Route 25) 0.6 miles south of Pigeon Road (Michigan Route 142), on the right when traveling north.
Small fires were burning in the forests of the Thumb, tinder-dry after a long, hot summer, when a gale swept in from the southwest on Sept. 5, 1881. Fanned into an inferno, the fires raged for three days. A million acres were devastated in Sanilac . . . Map (db m160706) HM
9Michigan, Huron County, Bay Port — Henry A. Hamp / Alfred R. Vogel
Near South Unionville Road (State Highway 25) 0.6 miles south of Pigeon Road (State Highway 142), on the right when traveling north.
Brown Roadside Park Honoring Henry A. Hamp As chief of right-of-way acquisition for state highways during the last 19 years of his 30-year Department career (1951-1981), Mr. Hamp supervised the acquisition of some 43,000 land . . . Map (db m180748) HM
10Michigan, Huron County, Bay Port — L541 — Stagecoaches
On Cedar Street east of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling east.
Stagecoaches played an important part in developing the Midwest. Michigan’s frontier “fever” peaked in the decade from 1830 to 1840 with a 600 percent population increase. Stagecoaches attempted to fill the demand for fast and relatively . . . Map (db m160627) HM
11Michigan, Huron County, Caseville — An Original 56# Rail
On Main Street (State Highway 25) at Pine Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
from the Pontiac Oxford and Northern R.R. (now Grand Trunk Western) laid about 1882 between Caseville and Pontiac On July 17 1961, this was the first rail removed when the last 6 miles of the original track from Caseville to Pigeon . . . Map (db m180792) HM
12Michigan, Huron County, Caseville — L1725 — Methodist Episcopal Church
On Main Street (Michigan Route 25) at Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling south on Main Street.
In 1868 the Reverend Manasseh Hickey and twelve settlers organized a Methodist Episcopal church in Caseville. Services were held in a schoolhouse until the present church was built. Upon its dedication on November 15, 1874, the Gothic-inspired . . . Map (db m153555) HM
13Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — "White Rock": The History, Oral Traditions, and Tales
Near S. Lakeshore Road (State Highway 25) 0.2 miles south of Atwater Road, on the left when traveling south.
"White Rock" is steeped in history and oral traditions. Henry Schoolcraft, in his Travels of 1820, speaks of the White Rock and its prominence. He says, "White Rock, an enormous detached mass of transition limestone standing in the lake at the . . . Map (db m68867) HM
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14Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Birthplace of Frank Murphy
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) near Broad Street, on the right when traveling north.
Birthplace of Frank Murphy Justice, United States Supreme Courty 1939-1949 Graduate Harbor Beach High School Captain of infantry, U.S.A. Judge, Recorder's Court, Detroit Mayor, City of Detroit, Governor-General, Philippine Islands . . . Map (db m213251) HM
15Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Corporal Curtis James WellsMarch 14, 1931 - November 27, 1950
On Water Street at Broad Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street.
Corporal Curtis James Wells was born March 14, 1931, to Wilbert and Emma Wells. He spent most of his life in Harbor Beach, Michigan, where he attended school until joining the army. Corporal Wells never completed high school because he convinced . . . Map (db m213493) HM
16Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Daniel J. MorrellThe Cambria Steamship Co.
On Ritchie Drive, 0.3 miles east of North Lakeshore Road.
During a tremendous storm on November 29, 1966, the 60-year-old, 586 foot long Daniel J. Morrell broke in two and sank North of Harbor Beach. The ship was plowing through near hurricane force winds and waves higher than a three-story building. . . . Map (db m213519) HM
17Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Downtown Harbor Beach
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) near State Street, on the right when traveling south.
Photo captions from left to right, top to bottom: The J. Jenks & Co. General Store built in 1882. It was renamed The Mihlethaler Store in 1902. It was located on the North East corner of Huron Avenue and States Street. Men cleaning the downtown . . . Map (db m213521) HM
18Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — S285 — Frank Murphy
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) 0.1 miles south of State Street (Michigan Route 142), on the left when traveling south.
Side 1 Frank Murphy was associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court from 1940 until his death in 1949. His earlier career included service as a judge in the Detroit Recorder’s Court and instructor in law at the University of Detroit in . . . Map (db m153635) HM
19Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Churches
On Water Street near Broad Street, on the left when traveling north.
First Baptist Church The First Baptist Church began in Rock Falls about 1864 in a building Jeremiah Jenks built as a gathering place. In 1874 the First Baptist Church of Rock Falls was organized with Reverend A. M. Swain. When Mr. Jenks . . . Map (db m213486) HM
20Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Community House
On North Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) at State Street on North Huron Avenue.
The Sand Beach Opera House The Opera House was built on land donated to the village by J. Jenks & Company just north of the present Community House building. There was a room for the Fire Department to store their fire truck, hose cart and . . . Map (db m213511) HM
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21Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Harbor of Refuge
On Trescott Street near Resort Road, in the median.
During the mid 1800s, sailing ships of all sizes transported lumber, iron ore, and copper from Michigan's vast forests and Upper Peninsula mines. The lumber was in demand to build the cities of Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and other Midwest cities. . . . Map (db m213505) HM
22Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Hospital
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) at South 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on South Huron Avenue.
History 1921-2011 In 1920 The Huron Milling Company of Harbor Beach acquired property at the corner of Broad and First Streets, consisting of two lots, each with a frame building. With this nucleus, a hospital was started to serve their . . . Map (db m213522) HM
23Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Lighthouse
On Trescott Street near Resort Road, on the left when traveling east.
On October 25, 1876, a lighthouse was erected on the north side of the main entrance of the harbor. A light, visible for 3 miles, guided ships to the safety of the new Government Harbor of Refuge The "skeleton" design light tower, with the lamp . . . Map (db m213507) HM
24Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Railroad
On Water Street at State Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street.
In 1878 the Port Huron and Northwestern Railroad began laying track from Port Huron to Minden City, where it would branch off to Bad Axe and Port Austin. J. Jenks & Co. convinced the railroad company to continue the track from Minden City to Sand . . . Map (db m213484) HM
25Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Harbor Beach Veterans Memorial
On North Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) near Garden Street, on the right when traveling north.
Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of the men and women who served our country Let none forget they gave their all and faltered not when came the callMap (db m213523) WM
26Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — History of Industry in Harbor Beach
On Water Street at State Street, on the right when traveling east on Water Street.
The first industry in the area that would become Harbor Beach was groups of "Shingle Weavers" who cut wood shingles from trees that covered the vast undeveloped thumb area of Michigan. The lumber companies followed to harvest the trees and cut . . . Map (db m213514) HM
27Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Judge James H. Lincoln
On Trescott Street near Resort Road when traveling east.
1916, August 26 - James H. Lincoln born in Sand Beach Township, three miles south of Harbor Beach, to Burr and Esther (Hoare) Lincoln. 1934 — James Lincoln graduated from Harbor Beach High School. 1935-1937 —James H. Lincoln . . . Map (db m213506) HM
28Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Justice Frank Murphy
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) near State Street, on the right when traveling north.
1890: Born William Francis Murphy in Harbor Beach in April 13, 1890. 1914: Received a law degree from the University of Michigan. 1917-1919: Served in the U.S. Army during World War I achieving the rank of Captain with the . . . Map (db m213475) HM
29Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Lieutenant Colonel Bruce G. Johnson
On Water Street at Broad Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street.
Bruce Gardner Johnson was born on July 15, 1937, in Harbor Beach, Michigan. He was the eldest of four children born to Claire and Lucille Johnson. Throughout his early years and into young adulthood, Bruce distinguished himself in all his . . . Map (db m213495) HM
30Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Life Saving Service and Coast Guard in Harbor Beach
On Ritchie Drive, 0.2 miles east of North Lakeshore Road, on the right when traveling east.
In the 1880s, Sand Beach was a very busy port city. Ships delivered supplies, and products produced in the area were shipped out. The large amount of ship traffic required that a life saving service station be built. The original station was . . . Map (db m213520) HM
31Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Major Louis J. SebilleNovember 21, 1915 - August 5, 1950
On Water Street near Broad Street, on the right when traveling north.
Major Louis J. Sebille was born in Harbor Beach, Michigan, on November 21, 1915. He was the son of Louis Joseph August Sebille, M.D., and Edna I. (DeLish) Sebille. In 1934 he enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a . . . Map (db m213489) HM
32Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — 24 — Murphy's DissentMichigan Legal Milestone
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) at Broad Street, on the right when traveling north on South Huron Avenue.
A hostile climate confronted Americans of Japanese descent following the attack on Pearl Harbor that led to United States' entry into World War II. Despite their loyalty and distinguished service in our armed forces, Japanese Americans were . . . Map (db m213218) HM
33Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — North Park Pavilion
On North Lakeshore Road at Ritchie Drive, on the right when traveling west on North Lakeshore Road.
The North Park Pavilion has been an integral piece of Harbor Beach life for more than a century. In 1905 the Pavilion was built across the road in what is today, North Park Campground. In 2015 it was moved to its present location as part of the . . . Map (db m213518) HM
34Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — PFC Brian "Doc" Backus
On Water Street at Broad Street on Water Street.
PFC Brian J. Backus grew up in Harbor Beach, Michigan and graduated from Harbor Beach High School in 2008. In June 2010, Brian joined the US Army and became a Combat Medic. He arrived at Fort Drum, New York in December. In March of 2011 he . . . Map (db m213501) HM
35Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Sergeant Aaron Cutler ElandtNovember 13, 1980 - May 30, 2004
On Water Street at Broad Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street.
Aaron Cutler Elandt was born November 13, 1980, Paul and Linda Elandt in Port Hope, Michigan. He graduated from Harbor Beach High School in 1999. He joined the Army on March 30, 2000, as a 19D Cavalry Scout and was assigned to G Troop, 5th Squadron, . . . Map (db m213499) HM
36Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Shipwrecks of the Harbor Beach Area
On Trescott Street near Resort Road, on the left when traveling east.
Since man first inhabited the thumb area of Michigan, Lake Huron has been the most important mode of transportation. Long before there were wagon trails or railroads the lake provided a method for Native Americans and pioneers to travel and . . . Map (db m213508) HM
37Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — The Frank Murphy MuseumHarbor Beach, Michigan
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) near State Street, on the right when traveling north.
In 1914 Frank Murphy graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and joined his father's law practice until he left to serve in World War I. In 1920 the elder Murphy died and the law office was locked and remain unchanged. Almost all . . . Map (db m213479) HM
38Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — The Great Storm of 1913
On Trescott Street near Resort Road.
On the Great Lakes, November is well known for its horrendous storms which turn the lakes into a boiling cauldron of wind and waves. There is one storm which was the deadliest and most destructive storm to ever occur on the Great Lakes; "The Great . . . Map (db m213510) HM
39Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — The Grice House Museum Complex
On North Lakeshore Road at Ritchie Drive on North Lakeshore Road.
The Grice House Museum Complex consists of three buildings: The James Grice House, the Adams Schoolhouse, and the Agricultural History Building. The James Grice family emigrated from England in 1872. James operated a shingle mill where North . . . Map (db m213517) HM
40Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — The Harbor Beach Lighthouse Lens
On South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) near State Street, on the right when traveling north.
Bring Back The Light! Augustin-Jean Fresnel (pronounced Fruh-nell), a nineteenth century French physicist, is credited with inventing the compound lenses which are still widely used in lighthouses. The Fresnel lens appears much like a . . . Map (db m213482) HM
41Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — The Territory of Michigan and "White Rock"
Near S. Lakeshore Road (State Highway 25) 0.2 miles south of Atwater Road, on the left when traveling south.
In the early 1800s, "White Rock", a point well known to the Indians and early voyagers, played a significant role in defining settlements. The Act establishing the Territory of Michigan was passed January 11, 1805, and took effect June . . . Map (db m68866) HM
42Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Type of Aircraft Flown by Major Louis J. SebilleMedal of Honor Recipient Korean War
On Water Street near Broad Street, on the right when traveling north.
Aircraft Make and Model: North American F-51D-30NA Mustang Length: 32 feet 4 inches Wingspan: 37 feet Height: 13 feet 8 inches Maximum Gross Weight: 12,100 pounds Empty Weight: 7,635 pounds Seats: 1 . . . Map (db m213491) HM
43Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — Vicki KeithLake Huron Swim
On Trescott Street near Resort Road, in the median.
At 7 A.M. Sunday, July 17, 1988, 27 year old Vicki Keith departed from Harbor Beach on an epic swim across Lake Huron. Vicki swam on through July 17, July 18, and onward into the early hours of Tuesday, July 19th. She arrived on the sand beach . . . Map (db m213503) HM
44Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — White Rock
On South Lake Shore Road (Michigan Route 25) 0.2 miles south of Atwater Road, on the right when traveling north.
The White Rock in Lake Huron, opposite this stone, long venerated by the Indian tribes of Michigan, marks the northern line of the territory released by them to the United States under the treaty made at Detroit, Nov. 17, 1807. This plaque replaces . . . Map (db m213219) HM
45Michigan, Huron County, Harbor Beach — L202 — White Rock School
On Grant Street south of White Rock Road, on the right when traveling south.
Named after a boulder in Lake Huron that was used as a landmark in the Indian Treaty of 1807, the village was settled about 1860. Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871, the town was soon rebuilt, including a schoolhouse. The present building was . . . Map (db m154098) HM
46Michigan, Huron County, Huron City — S0369 — Pointe Aux Barques LighthouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Near Gulick Drive near Park Drive.
The Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse and Lifesaving Station aided mariners for over a century, beginning in 1847. That year the United States Lighthouse Service built the first lighthouse on this site to mark the turning point of Lake Huron into . . . Map (db m41201) HM
47Michigan, Huron County, Kinde — L849A — St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church / Katolicki Kosciół Matki Boskiej Czestochowskiej
On Moeller Road, 2.4 miles North Van Dyke Road (State Route 53), on the left when traveling east.
St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church The Polish refugees who immigrated to Dwight Township in the 1840s in order to escape Prussian domination worshipped at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin. In 1903 in an effort to . . . Map (db m153627) HM
48Michigan, Huron County, Owendale — L383 — Owendale
On Main Street, 0.6 miles east of South Caseville Road, on the right when traveling east.
In 1882, as three new railroads began to lay track in Huron County, two cousins from Saginaw, John G. and John S. Owen, bought land in the Columbia Swamp. The following year, they opened a sawmill to harvest the native oak. John G. Owen hired Quincy . . . Map (db m160803) HM
49Michigan, Huron County, Pigeon — L1439A — Pigeon Depot
On South Main Street (Michigan Route 142) 0.1 miles south of Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
The Pigeon Depot was constructed in 1908 and served two railroad lines. In 1883 the Pontiac, Oxford and Port Austin Railroad, a north-south line, had been extended to Caseville and a depot was built at Berne, one mile north of here. Around 1886 the . . . Map (db m160812) HM
50Michigan, Huron County, Port Austin — L815 — Charles G. Learned
On Lake Street (Michigan Route M-25) south of Madison Street, on the left when traveling south.
A native of New York, contractor Charles G. Learned helped build New York City’s waterworks system and the Erie Canal. Around 1857, Learned and his brother-in-law purchased several thousand acres of pine land in Michigan’s Thumb area. Two years . . . Map (db m160068) HM
51Michigan, Huron County, Port Austin — L463 — Huron City
On Huron City Road north of North Lakeshore Road (State Route 25), on the right when traveling north.
Side One During the mid-1850s the firm of R. B. Hubbard and Company, which included Connecticut-born entrepreneurs Langdon Hubbard, his brother Watson, and cousin Rollin B., built a steam-powered sawmill on Willow Creek. The company . . . Map (db m160462) HM
52Michigan, Huron County, Port Hope — L0021 — Port Hope Chimney
Near State Street at Huron Street.
This chimney was built in 1858 by John Geltz. It is all that remains of the lumber mill established that year by William R. Stafford. Port Hope grew up around the mill. For a score of years this town was a center of lumbering in the Thumb. It also . . . Map (db m41202) HM
53Michigan, Huron County, Sebewaing — L2187 — John C. Liken / John C. Martini House
On East Main Street, 0.1 miles South Beck Street (State Route 25), on the right when traveling east.
John C. Liken One of Sebewaing’s most prominent citizens, John C. Liken (1832-1920), came here in 1865 from New York State where he owned a cooperage. Lured by Michigan’s bountiful forests, he opened stave and sawmills in Sebewaing, . . . Map (db m160752) HM
54Michigan, Huron County, Sebewaing — Sebewaing
On East Bay Street, 0.2 miles east of South Beck Street (State Highway 25), on the right when traveling east.
In memorial of the founders of Auchville April 4, 1853. First Officers Friedrich Schilling Supervisor, J. Friedrich Luckhard Clerk, Jacob F. Ruehle Treasurer. The Indians had named the crooked river Sebewaing This . . . Map (db m180670) HM
55Michigan, Huron County, Sebewaing — L1596 — Sebewaing Township Hall
On South Center Street north of West Grove Street, on the right when traveling south.
Sebewaing Township was organized in 1853. In 1877 the board resolved to use “liquor money” to build this township hall. The atypical two-story town hall included voting booths, a courtroom, a jury room, a jail, and a meeting hall. The front door . . . Map (db m131775) HM
56Michigan, Huron County, Sebewaing — L24 — The Indian Mission
On East Bay Street, 0.2 miles east of South Beck Street (State Highway 25), on the right when traveling east.
Here, on July 1, 1845, three Lutheran missionaries, Rev. Johann J.F. Auch, Rev. J. Simon Dumser, and Rev. George Sinke, arrived. The Lutheran leader, Rev. Friedrich Schmid, sent them from Ann Arbor to evangelize the Chippewa Indians. A log chapel . . . Map (db m131772) HM
57Michigan, Huron County, Ubly — S654 — Citizens Bank Block
On East Main Street, 0.4 miles east of Washington Street (State Route 19), on the right when traveling east.
Built in 1907 by local contractor David Pierce, the Citizens Bank Block also housed a harness shop and a library. Albert Sleeper (1862-1934), who served in the Michigan State Senate and as governor, cofounded the bank with his uncle A. W. Merrell, . . . Map (db m160467) HM
 
 
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Feb. 3, 2023