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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Leelanau County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Leelanau 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 Leelanau County, MI (22) Antrim County, MI (9) Benzie County, MI (12) Charlevoix County, MI (16) Delta County, MI (35) Grand Traverse County, MI (32) Schoolcraft County, MI (9) Door County, WI (119)  LeelanauCounty(22) Leelanau County (22)  AntrimCounty(9) Antrim County (9)  BenzieCounty(12) Benzie County (12)  CharlevoixCounty(16) Charlevoix County (16)  DeltaCounty(35) Delta County (35)  GrandTraverseCounty(32) Grand Traverse County (32)  SchoolcraftCounty(9) Schoolcraft County (9)  DoorCountyWisconsin(119) Door County (119)
Suttons Bay is the county seat for Leelanau County
Adjacent to Leelanau County, Michigan
      Antrim County (9)  
      Benzie County (12)  
      Charlevoix County (16)  
      Delta County (35)  
      Grand Traverse County (32)  
      Schoolcraft County (9)  
      Door County, Wisconsin (119)  
 
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1Michigan, Leelanau County, Empire — 16 — Empire Methodist Church
On Front Street at Union Street, on the left when traveling west on Front Street.
The "Empire Methodist Church" - built in 1895. The Empire Area Methodists gathered here for services, Sunday school, weddings and funerals till their new church was built in 1963. It is now the Masonic Temple.Map (db m98318) HM
2Michigan, Leelanau County, Empire — Mother Bear Is Migrating — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore —
Near Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
Do you see her? The Sleeping Bear is the large dune about a mile away, perched along the edge of the bluff. She hardly looks like a bear now, but in August 1721, French historian Pierre Charlevoix canoed past the dunes and described "a kind of bush" . . . Map (db m208027) HM
3Michigan, Leelanau County, Empire — Of Wrecks and Water Trails — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore —
Near Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, 2.1 miles west of South Dune Highway, on the right when traveling south.
…scarcely had we gotten out into Lake Michigan than we were beset by a horrible tempest and in an instant out rudder was broken to pieces…Not being able to control our course, we were during the night the toy of gigantic waves which . . . Map (db m208025) HM
4Michigan, Leelanau County, Empire — The Legend of the Manitou Islands and the Sleeping BearSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Near Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, 2.1 miles west of South Dune Highway, on the right when traveling west.
Once, long ago, in the land called Wisconsin across the great lake, there was terrible hunger and many people died. A bear and two little cubs were trying to leave that place and come around the lake where there would be more food. They . . . Map (db m208029) HM
5Michigan, Leelanau County, Glen Arbor — Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station.Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
On Sleeping Bear Drive.
More than fifty ships have wrecked along this stretch of Lake Michigan. These buildings housed the men of the United States Life Saving Service who guarded this hazardous shore. Equipped with line throwing cannons and rowing life boats, they . . . Map (db m100648) HM
6Michigan, Leelanau County, Greilickville — For the Love of this Place: DeYoung Natural Area FarmsteadA project of the Leelanau Conservancy
Near East Cherry Bend Road (County Road 633) 0.3 miles north of East Breithaupt Road, on the right when traveling north.
Henry Campbell's successful wheat and dairy farm was begun here in about 1860. The site includes buildings dating from 1860 to 1960 from impressive barns to modest migrant quarters. Some original buildings have been removed, some re-purposed, and . . . Map (db m213302) HM
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7Michigan, Leelanau County, Greilickville — For the Love of this Place: DeYoung Natural Area on Cedar LakeA project of the Leelanau Conservancy
Near East Cherry Bend Road (County Road 633) 0.3 miles north of East Breithaupt Road, on the right when traveling north.
The DeYoung family cherishes this land. In 2006, the family worked with the Leelanau Conservancy and Elmwood Township to permanently protect the farm and shoreline by establishing the DeYoung Natural Area. Cedar Lake was an important part of . . . Map (db m213301) HM
8Michigan, Leelanau County, Leland — 407 — Leland Historical District (Fishtown)
On W. River St west of Main Street, on the left when traveling west.
This commercial fishing district has provided a livelihood for residents of the town for over a century. Fishermen reached the fishing grounds of Lake Michigan by way of the Leland River (Carp River) using small sailboats until the introduction of . . . Map (db m76057) HM
9Michigan, Leelanau County, Maple City — North Unity
On Harbor Highway (State Highway 22) at Bohemian Road (County Road 669), on the right when traveling west on Harbor Highway.
The first white settlement in Cleveland Township was established on this site Nov. 1, 1855, and was called North Unity. The Shaldas, Krubners, and Svobodas, were among the early settlers. Agnes Krubner Svoboda, in whose memory this plaque is . . . Map (db m98295) HM
10Michigan, Leelanau County, Northport — Grand Traverse Lighthouse
On North Lighthouse Point Road, on the right when traveling west.
1858: Erected by U.S. Lighthouse Service 1899: Fog Signal Building constructed 1900: Converted to a two family dwelling 1916: Kitchen added 1952: Modernized and electrified porch wings added 1972: Building closed. Automatic Light Tower . . . Map (db m162126) HM
11Michigan, Leelanau County, Northport — 615 — Grand Traverse LighthouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Near N Lighthouse Point Rd, north of Catyhead Bay Drive.
Built in 1858Map (db m76060) HM
12Michigan, Leelanau County, Northport — L1167C — Great Lakes Sport Fishery / Great Lakes Sport Fishery
On East Nagonaba Street, 0.1 miles east of Bay Street, on the left when traveling east.
Great Lakes sport trolling was pioneered off Northport in the early 1920s. Traverse City native George Raff was the first to discover that lake trout could be caught by trolling in Grand Traverse Bay’s protected waters. Prior to this, trout . . . Map (db m204941) HM
13Michigan, Leelanau County, Northport — L2336 — Woolsey Family Farm / Clinton F. Woolsey Memorial Airport
On East Woolsey Lake Road (County Road 629) 1.2 miles north of North Northport Point Road (County Highway 640), on the left when traveling north.
Woolsey Family Farm Around 1858, Chauncey and Caroline Woolsey moved with their children from Buffalo, New York, to Northport. Chauncey’s father, Adolphus Woolsey, a War of 1812 veteran, arrived with his wife Harriet soon after. Chauncey . . . Map (db m204999) HM
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14Michigan, Leelanau County, Omena — S350 — Omena Presbyterian Church
On Northwest Bay Shore Drive (State Road 22) 0.1 miles north of Omena Point Road, on the right when traveling north.
In 1839 the Reverend Peter Dougherty founded Old Mission, the first Protestant mission in the Grand Traverse area. The church, comprising Indians and whites, was organized in 1843. After 1850 the Indians were allowed to buy land; they and the . . . Map (db m204938) HM
15Michigan, Leelanau County, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — Pierce Stocking1908-1976
Pierce Stocking, a native of northern Lower Michigan, worked as a lumberman and spent much of his leisure time in the woods. He wanted to share his love of nature with others and conceived the idea of constructing a scenic drive onto the Sleeping . . . Map (db m98312) HM
16Michigan, Leelanau County, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — Sand and Ice
Without departed glaciers the dunes would not be here. Melting continental ice left this ridge of sand and gravel. Steady winds off Lake Michigan have plucked at the sand grains, propelling them inland, depositing a veneer of dunes on top of the . . . Map (db m98311) HM
17Michigan, Leelanau County, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — The Moving Dune
In 1985, this wooden beam was placed here at the edge of the sand dune to measure dune movement. The numbers on the beam show how many feet the dune has advanced. Try to figure out the average rate pf movement per year. The dune here rises to a . . . Map (db m98308) HM
18Michigan, Leelanau County, Suttons Bay — Bahle'sMichigan Centennial Business
On St. Joseph Street (State Highway 22) north of Madison Street, on the right when traveling north.
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Bahle's Founded in 1876 For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contribution to the economic . . . Map (db m98273) HM
19Michigan, Leelanau County, Suttons Bay — L1671A — St. Wenceslaus Church and Cemetery
On East Kolarik Road (County Route 626) at North Setterbo Road (County Route 637), on the left when traveling east on East Kolarik Road.
St. Wenceslaus Church and Cemetery In the 1860s and 1870s settlers from Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia) came to this area and worked at the Leland Lake Superior Iron Foundry and the Gill sawmill. Catholics attended mass at the Holy Trinity . . . Map (db m205322) HM
20Michigan, Leelanau County, Suttons Bay — Veterans Memorial
On Government Center Drive north of Duck Lake Road (Michigan Highway 204), on the left when traveling north.
This Veterans Memorial is dedicated to all who honorably served in the defense of our great nation, living or deceased, in peace or war, resident or nonresident. We pay special tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice for America. History . . . Map (db m98293) WM
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21Michigan, Leelanau County, Traverse City — L1462 — Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse
On South Center Highway (County Highway 633) at East Bingham Road (County Road 618), on the right when traveling north on South Center Highway.
This school was erected in 1877 to replace a log structure built in 1870. The school has two rooms that housed grades one through eight. Older children attended school in Suttons Bay or Traverse City. Sunday school classes met here until 1888 when . . . Map (db m204878) HM
22Michigan, Leelanau County, Traverse City — L0214 — Greilickville
On SW Bay Shore Drive (State Road 22) at East Brewery Creek Lane, on the right when traveling north on SW Bay Shore Drive.
This village was first known as Norristown, in honor of Seth and Albert Norris who opened a gristmill here about 1853. In the mid-1850s Godfrey Greilick and sons, natives of Bohemia, built a small, water-powered sawmill. The steam powered Greilick . . . Map (db m204877) HM
 
 
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Feb. 6, 2023