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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Iosco County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Iosco 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> Iosco County, MI (22) Alcona County, MI (4) Arenac County, MI (5) Huron County, MI (57) Ogemaw County, MI (7) Oscoda County, MI (4)  IoscoCounty(22) Iosco County (22)  AlconaCounty(4) Alcona County (4)  ArenacCounty(5) Arenac County (5)  HuronCounty(57) Huron County (57)  OgemawCounty(7) Ogemaw County (7)  OscodaCounty(4) Oscoda County (4)
Tawas City is the county seat for Iosco County
Adjacent to Iosco County, Michigan
      Alcona County (4)  
      Arenac County (5)  
      Huron County (57)  
      Ogemaw County (7)  
      Oscoda County (4)  
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1Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — A New Light on the Horizon
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
Ottawa Point (now called Tawas Point) presents a hazard to navigation as it juts out into Lake Huron. It also shelters Tawas Bay, protecting ships from strong north or northeast winds. In 1850, The Federal government set aside $5000 to build a . . . Map (db m123998) HM
2Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — Brass Range Marker
On East Bay Street (U.S. 23) at Wilkinson Street, on the right when traveling east on East Bay Street.
This Brass Range Marker surveyors originally used, was located on the old Iosco County Courthouse in the 1800's. M.C. Harting's daily path to the Courthouse by his Abstract office took him by the "stake” for over 50 years. The stake and the . . . Map (db m189759) HM
3Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — Double Dwelling
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
It is respectfully requested that the Board take under consideration the advisability of erecting a set of quarters at this station for the assistant keeper. Major Thomas Handbury Corps of Engineers to Light-House Board . . . Map (db m123996) HM
4Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — East Tawas Veterans Memorial
On East Lake Street (U.S. 23) at Newman Street, on the right when traveling east on East Lake Street.
Veterans Memorial This memorial is dedicated to those men and women who serve in time of war and peace and to honor and perpetuate the memory of those who made the surpreme sacrifice for their country.Map (db m189758) WM
5Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — Oil House
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
”Put oil in new Oil House, cleaned same.” Lightkeeper Samuel Palmer, May 26, 1989 Fuel for the Tawas Point light was originally stored in an oil room in the keeper’s dwelling. During the 1870s the Lighthouse Service changed . . . Map (db m123993) HM
6Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — Preserving the Light
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
The New Light Keepers The State of Michigan acquired Tawas Point Light from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002. The light will be managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, and interpreted by the Department of . . . Map (db m123997) HM
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7Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — Rodman Water Power Sawmill
On East Bay Street (U.S. 23) near Wilkinson Street, on the right when traveling east.
The first water wheel power sawmill in Iosco County was owned by Alva Wood located on Sand Creek in Grant Township. The waterwheel weighs 1 ˝ ton, developed 35 hp on the belt. Lacking enough water to successfully power the mill, Mr. Wood moved . . . Map (db m189905) HM
8Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — Tawas Lighthouse
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
The point is a “making point.” Annual Report, U.S. Lighthouse Board, 1873 Throughout its recorded history, blowing, drifting sand has constantly extended Tawas Point. This lighthouse was built in 1876 because the end of the . . . Map (db m123999) HM
9Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — L2294 — Tawas Point Light StationRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
In 1850 the U.S. Lighthouse Service commissioned a light station to safely guide ships into Tawas Bay. The first light station was built in 1852 at the end of Tawas Point, then known as Ottawa Point. The prisms of its fifth-order Fresnel lens . . . Map (db m124079) HM
10Michigan, Iosco County, East Tawas — The Changing Shape of Tawas PointShifting Sands and a New Lighthouse
Near Tawas Beach Road, 3.5 miles east of U.S. 23.
The point has steadily made to the southward and westward, and the extremity of it is now more than a mile from the light. Report of the Light-House Board, 1873 Blowing, shifting sand on the point forced the construction of the . . . Map (db m123991) HM
11Michigan, Iosco County, Grant Township — L33 — Pioneer Cemetery
On Old State Road, 0.5 miles west of Sand Lake Road, on the right when traveling east.
This township cemetery began in 1870 with the purchase of the land from William and Rosina Dommer, by Daniel E. Fries, Herman Dommer, B. F. Chappell, and William M. Webster, officers of Grant Township. Stages on the Tawas-Manistee line passed these . . . Map (db m184789) HM
12Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — Au Sable River International Canoe MarathonEstablished 1947
Near River Road near Chambers Road, on the right when traveling west.
Experience the Tradition -North America's richest, longest nonstop canoe race. -Middle Jewel of North America's Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. -Men and women of all ages paddle 120 miles nonstop through the night to compete for cash and . . . Map (db m190040) HM
13Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — L2142 — Cooke Hydroelectric Plant / Hydroelectric Power
On Cooke Dam Road, on the right when traveling east.
Cooke Hydroelectric Plant William Augustine Foote, a Jackson entrepreneur, built a series of hydroelectric plants along the Au Sable River with the help of his brother, electrical engineer James Berry Foote. The Footes enlisted the aid of . . . Map (db m184796) HM
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14Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — L1576 — Dock Reserve
Near East Dwight Avenue at Canada Street.
“Oscoda and AuSable are Wiped Off The Map!” headlined the July 12, 1911, Detroit Free Press. The day before, forest fires, fanned by thirty-mile-per-hour winds, had destroyed these “twin cities” and killed four people. Refugees fled to this . . . Map (db m154600) HM
15Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — First Methodist Church
On West Dwight Avenue at Pearl Street, on the right when traveling west on West Dwight Avenue.
Erected in 1865 A.D. by the pioneer lumberman, Henry Martin Loud, who in that year founded in this area one of the largest lumber operations in Michigan. The church burned in the fire which destroyed the town of Au Sable and most of the adjoining . . . Map (db m123971) HM
16Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — L2143 — Five Channels Dam Workers Camp / Hydroelectric Power
Near Old M-65 Trail, 0.2 miles east of Loud Dam Road.
Five Channels Dam Workers Camp Consumers Power Company (now Consumers Energy) built Five Channels Dam in 1911 and 1912. It was the second of six hydroelectric plants to be built on the lower Au Sable River by the Foote brothers of Jackson (the . . . Map (db m184798) HM
17Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — Kiwanis Monument"We Build"
On Monument Road, 0.1 miles north of Kokosing Road, on the right when traveling north.
To plant a tree is to perform an act of faith – faith in the future. To plant a whole forest is more than an act of faith – it is a positive building for the future. The Kiwanis project for the development of some unproductive land in . . . Map (db m185059) HM
18Michigan, Iosco County, Oscoda — L830 — The Louis Chevalier Claim
On Harbor Street at Church Street, on the right when traveling north on Harbor Street.
In 1823 Louis Chevalier, a French-Canadian trader, was granted five hundred arpents (640 acres) of land by the United States government. This land, located on the AuSable River, extends northwesterly in a long, narrow, French ribbon-farm manner. It . . . Map (db m184793) HM
19Michigan, Iosco County, Tawas City — 247 — Alabaster
On Benson Road at Turtle Road, on the right when traveling north on Benson Road.
This area is named after a variety of gypsum, discovered offshore by Douglass Houghton in 1837. Prospectors soon began searching for other gypsum deposits, and this quarry was opened in 1862 by B. F. Smith. Used at first as fertilizer and as an . . . Map (db m120781) HM
20Michigan, Iosco County, Tawas City — Konotin-Iosco
On West Lake Street (U.S. 23) 0.1 miles north of Whittemore Street, on the left when traveling north.
Erected 1923 by the citizens of the county to commemorate the organization in 1840 of Iosco County and the establishing in 1856 of the first Post Office in the county with Gideon O. Whittemore as Postmaster. “History . . . Map (db m121979) HM
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21Michigan, Iosco County, Tawas City — Lumberman’s Monument
Near Monument Road, 0.1 miles north of River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River.
Erected to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer lumbermen of Michigan through whose labors was made possible the development of the prairie states.Map (db m33032) HM
22Michigan, Iosco County, Whittemore — Whittemore Veterans Memorial
On South Bullock Street (State Highway 65) at O Farrell Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Bullock Street.
This memorial is dedicated to honor those of this community who served in time of war, and to perpetuate the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice for God and countryMap (db m184787) WM
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Feb. 3, 2023