On West Main Street west of West Street, on the left when traveling west.
Alice and her husband, George, ran one of Brighton's hat shops for ladies in the late 1800s. Alice Jolly became the sole proprietor of the Jolly Millinery Shop in 1893 with the death of her husband at age 49. This was necessitated since she had . . . — — Map (db m107724) HM
Alvira and her husband, John, lived on Hamburg Road, south of Brighton with their two girls, Carrie and Lucy. John taught school in the Village of Brighton before being admitted to the University of Michigan Law School in the late 1850s. He . . . — — Map (db m107677) HM
On West St. Paul Street at West North Street, on the right when traveling west on West St. Paul Street.
Benjamin Treadwell Onderdonk Clark was an infant when his family came to Brighton in 1837 just after the tiny town of Ore Creek was renamed. His father, Reverend William A. Clark held the first regular religious services in the community and . . . — — Map (db m107649) HM
Near West St. Paul Street north of North West Street.
Bessie is a milk cow. Holsteins started to appear in Livingston County in the 1880s. The county became a leader in selling these cows throughout the Midwest. These black and white dairy cows can produce about 2900 gallons of milk. In the late . . . — — Map (db m107615) HM
On Buno Road, 0.2 miles west of Pleasant Valley Road, on the right when traveling west.
In 1842 pioneer settler Richard Lyons donated land for the first school in Brighton Township's District No. 8. Area Methodists worshipped in the log school until 1874. In 1885 the log building was replaced with this one-room clapboard structure. . . . — — Map (db m156118) HM
On West Main Street at North West Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
The Brighton Hook and Ladder Company Number 1 was formed in 1876 to protect the village against fires. The continued growth of the community and the expansion of the village to the west of Ore Creek created a real need for men and equipment to . . . — — Map (db m107603) HM
Near West St. Paul Street north of West North Street.
The Brighton Village Cemetery began as a burial ground for the family of William A. Clark, D.D., an Episcopal minister from New York City, who settled with his family in Brighton Township in 1837. Clark acquired many acres of land, . . . — — Map (db m107616) HM
On West Main Street at Grand River Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Daniel Marsh was elected as the first President of the new Village of Brighton. He arrived in Brighton in 1839 and was this small town's first attorney and the first prosecuting attorney in Livingston County. He married the widow Sara Maltby who . . . — — Map (db m107694) HM
Duke was raised to provide beef. Herefords are brown and white and could be found in the 1870s. Sometimes cattle and cows were found in the Old Village Cemetery eating grass. These animals apparently left the safety of their pen in search of . . . — — Map (db m107674) HM
On Flint Road at Williamsen Drive, on the right when traveling west on Flint Road.
The sacrifices of few ensured
the freedom of many.
A grateful community
remembers those who
served in the armed forces
of the United States
during times of war and peace,
whose courage and personal
sacrifices defended and . . . — — Map (db m175047) WM
On West Main Street east of Hyne Street, on the right when traveling west.
John Tanner was known as one of Brighton's most unusual people. His 10 foot long beard was always tucked under his shirt only to be seen by his wife and the paying public. His delivery operation from the train depot ran from 1871-1910 with his . . . — — Map (db m107558) HM
On West North Street at West Main Street, on the left when traveling south on West North Street.
John McKinney arrived in Brighton in the 1850s as an escaped slave who most likely survived the dangers of hidden travel with the families who operated the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad helped Southern slaves escape to the North and . . . — — Map (db m108662) HM
On East Grand River Avenue south of North Street, on the right when traveling south. Reported missing.
Johnny Blessed operated a two horse stagecoach that avoided the swamps and followed the rough and bumpy Grand River Indian Trail between Detroit and Howell. Tired horses would be exchanged for fresh horses in Farmington, New Hudson and at Brighton's . . . — — Map (db m158769) HM
On West Main Street at West St. Paul Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
City of Brighton
Mill Pond Park
Dedicated October 14, 1972 to the people of the Brighton community.
A community recreation facility made possible through contributions from the citizens, service clubs, and organizations of the Brighton . . . — — Map (db m176655) HM
On West Main Street at North West Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Settled in 1832 by Maynard Maltby, this community was originally called Ore Creek for the stream that flows through it. In 1838 its name was changed to Brighton. It was incorporated as a village in 1867 and as a city in 1928. In 1878 the village . . . — — Map (db m107605) HM
On South West Street, on the right when traveling south.
Orson Quakenbush played a key role in establishing Brighton as a viable rural community with the downtown construction of his dam and grist mill on Ore Creek in 1838. The flowing water of Ore Creek would turn a water wheel that rotated a grindstone . . . — — Map (db m108737) HM
Amelia and Benjamin Pipp lived near the Millpond. Their summer activities were swimming and fishing which was common for all kids. Placing worms on their hooks and awaiting the first hit of the "big" fish was their challenge. Their talents were . . . — — Map (db m108706) HM
On West Main Street west of North First Street, on the right when traveling west.
The iron horse arrived in Brighton in 1871. Brighton's future growth and success was off to a good start with this new transportation service running through town. The railroad depot was built about 600 feet beyond this artwork. The push-pull . . . — — Map (db m108680) HM
St. Patrick Church
St. Patrick was the first church to serve Brighton area Catholics, many of whom were immigrants from Ireland. A simple log structure at the corner of McCabe and Silver Lake Roads built in 1838 was used by the congregation . . . — — Map (db m107557) HM
On West St. Paul Street at North West Street, on the right when traveling west on West St. Paul Street.
When the Reverend William A. Clark, D. D., purchased his land in Brighton Township, he set aside an acre as a church site and established a cemetery near it. In 1837 he organized an Episcopal group and conducted its first services in his orchard. . . . — — Map (db m107623) HM
On Silver Lake Road, 0.3 miles east of Kensington Road, on the right when traveling west.
Twenty-five year old Kinsley Bingham left his New York home in 1833 saying: "Give me $500 and let me go to Michigan and I'll be governor in two years." He settled here, constructing this handsome Greek Revival house in 1842. Bingham's boast was not . . . — — Map (db m107539) HM
On State Park Road, on the left when traveling north.
This was once the summer camp of Michigan's National Guard. Here in 1898 the five regiments which were recruited in the state during the war with Spain were organized. Ten men volunteered for every one who could be accepted. Two of the units, the . . . — — Map (db m107555) HM
On Williamsville Road, 0.1 miles west of Unadilla Road, on the left when traveling west.
The Reverend Charles G. Clarke of Washtenaw County led eleven people in organizing the First Presbyterian Church in Unadilla on February 4, 1837. It was the township’s first religious society. The congregation met in a schoolhouse until a brick . . . — — Map (db m171698) HM
On State Highway 36 near Mickey Lane, on the right when traveling east.
The Plainfield Methodist Protestant Church formally organized on June 7, 1863. The present church building dedicated on January 27, 1907, replaced the first church, built in 1868, which burned when it was struck by lightning in 1906. In 1939 the . . . — — Map (db m192115) HM
On Hadley Road, 0.4 miles south of Kaiser Road, on the right when traveling north.
Baseline Cemetery was established on April 14, 1837. The custom of burning the cemetery grass before Memorial Day blackened and weakened the limestone monuments and many others were destroyed during the tornado of 1914. Since no records were kept, . . . — — Map (db m171685) HM
On Zukey Lake Tavern Drive, 0.2 miles west of Girard Drive, on the right when traveling west.
From 1883 to 1886, the Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor & Toledo Railroads laid tracks here. Soon after, the first hotels and resorts were built on the Huron River's Chain of Lakes. Throughout the early 1900s, people left the heat and industry . . . — — Map (db m202209) HM
On Hamburg Road, 0.1 miles south of Stone Street, on the left when traveling south.
In the early 1830s, many New England homesteaders moved west towards the Territory of Michigan in search of fertile land close to a river or stream. Many traveled by boat along the Erie Canal and then inland on existing Anishinaabe trails.
. . . — — Map (db m202037) HM
On Hamburg Road at Strawberry Lake Road, on the right when traveling north on Hamburg Road.
The year 1831 marked the arrival of Hamburg's first settlers--Felix Dunlavey, Jesse Hall, Calvin Jackson, Cornelius Miller and Herman Lake--and their families. In 1835, Ann Arbor merchant E.F. Gay and Amariah Hammond purchased thirty . . . — — Map (db m50165) HM
The Humpback Bridge used to be here,
crossing the Grand Trunk Railway. The narrow wooden span was built in 1900 to carry vehicles on state route M-36 over the Grand Trunk Railway line (now the Lakeland Trail). Unsuited to . . . — — Map (db m202504) HM
The Potawatomi and Wyandot lived along the river Giwitatigweisibi, known today as the Huron River. They traveled the waterway in birchbark canoes as they caught fish, harvested wild rice or bartered with other tribes. Lightweight canoes were easy . . . — — Map (db m202076) HM
On Hamburg Road at Stone Street, on the right when traveling north on Hamburg Road.
This building is one of the oldest Episcopal churches in Michigan. St. Stephen's parish was organized in 1844, and construction of the church began almost immediately. Hiram Raymond of Hamburg was the contractor, and building funds were solicited in . . . — — Map (db m67453) HM
On Girard Drive at Zuckey Lake Tavern Drive, on the left when traveling south on Girard Drive.
Ice harvesting was the major winter activity
in Hamburg Township for over thirty years. Until electrical refrigeration became common in the 1940s, food was best preserved during warmer months in "iceboxes" with ice blocks . . . — — Map (db m202142) HM
Train wrecks were a constant worry
in Hamburg Township, though they were not common. Accidents jolted communities around the world as trains became common in the 1800s. In fact, worldwide time zones were established, in part, . . . — — Map (db m202465) HM
On Hamburg Road, 0.1 miles south of Stone Street, on the right when traveling south.
Everything changed when the trains came to Hamburg in the 1880s.
The village had been connected to neighboring towns only by old Native American trails and dirt roads. Travel was slow and difficult on foot, horse or wagon, and village . . . — — Map (db m168379) HM
On Hamburg Road south of Stone Street, on the left when traveling south.
The Hotel brought the world to the little village of Hamburg.
Built in 1835 beside Horsehoe Creek, it sheltered many early settlers to the region and, by 1850, visitors coming to enjoy hunting and fishing in the woods and lakes. Two . . . — — Map (db m168152) HM
On Avon Street just north of Crouse Road, on the left when traveling north.
Hartland Township was settled in 1831. On this site distinguished early citizens Robert and Chauncey Crouse operated a general mercantile business. In 1891 this town hall was built. The hall later served as a fire station and center for community . . . — — Map (db m178052) HM
On Avon Street at Henry Street, on the left when traveling north on Avon Street.
The first burial in this cemetery occurred in 1840 upon the death of Thomas Hall, a Hartland Township pioneer. Chauncey L. and Robert C. Crouse, who platted the village of Hartland in 1842, transferred approximately two acres of the original . . . — — Map (db m178056) HM
On Avon Street at George Street, on the left when traveling north on Avon Street.
This structure was constructed in 1858 as the Hartland First Congregational Church. It was purchased in 1929 for $500 by the Hartland Consolidated School Foundation, established by John Robert Crouse, Sr. In 1932 the remodeled building became the . . . — — Map (db m178054) HM
On Patterson Lake Road east of Hiland Court, on the right when traveling east.
Little is known to the living who walk above us. Yes, they come to visit a loved one or that special someone just to make themselves happy, to remember us as we once were. Oh, to always be 18 or 20 or to have lived a much longer life and choose . . . — — Map (db m211163) WM
On Wetmore Street at North Walnut Street, on the left when traveling east on Wetmore Street.
Howell raised $20,000 in 1885 to induce the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan to enter town. Many believed the town, already served by one railroad, would boom with a second line. Early in 1886 a right-of-way dispute erupted in an armed brawl . . . — — Map (db m107759) HM
On East Grand River Avenue (Business Interstate 96) at North State Street, on the right when traveling west on East Grand River Avenue.
Albert E. French designed this two-and-a-half story brick and stone building. This edifice, completed in 1890, shows influence of Richardsonian architecture and has maintained many of its original Victorian furnishings. Peter and Maria Cowdry . . . — — Map (db m107800) HM
On West Grand River Road, 0.4 miles east of North Burkhart Road, on the right when traveling west.
This “House of Seven Gables” was built in 1886-87 by the farm family of Frank J. and Ada Hecox. A plastered brick wall in the basement is inscribed with Frank Hecox’s initials and the date 1887. The Hecox family left the area by 1900, and Ada sold . . . — — Map (db m174718) HM
On South Walnut Street at West Crane Street, on the right when traveling south on South Walnut Street.
This c. 1846 Greek Revival house, among Howell's oldest, was home to prominent citizen George W. Lee (1812-1882). Lee moved from New York State to Michigan in 1836. A businessman and public servant, Lee helped establish the Republican Party in 1854 . . . — — Map (db m107753) HM
On West Grand River Avenue (Business Interstate 96) at Center Street, on the left when traveling east on West Grand River Avenue.
The Howell library association originated as the Ladies Library Association in 1875. That year, the ladies began offering books for lending. The need for spacious, permanent quarters grew, and in 1902, for three hundred dollars and railroad . . . — — Map (db m107873) HM
On West Grand River Road at North Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling west on West Grand River Road.
Waddell Woman's Relief Corps
in memory of and dedicated to Waddell Post
No. 120. G.A.R. and all Veterans of Livingston
Co. who served in the war of '61-'65
"They fought to save US a Nation" — — Map (db m182475) WM
On East Grand River Avenue (Business Interstate 96) at South Barnard Street, on the right when traveling east on East Grand River Avenue.
The Livingston County Press, one of Michigan's oldest weekly newspapers, traces its roots to The Livingston Courier, The Livingston Republican and The Livingston Democrat. The Courier, established in 1843, was . . . — — Map (db m107830) HM
On North State Street at Grand River Avenue (Business Interstate 96), on the right when traveling north on North State Street.
A Tribute To The
656 Heroic Ones
Who Served Their Country
* 1914 * World War * 1919 *
[a list of 25 heros]
"In a righteous cause they have won
Immortal glory and have nobly served . . . — — Map (db m182476) WM
On Faussett Road at Green Road, on the left when traveling east on Faussett Road.
During the 1830s a number of Irish Catholic settlers migrated from New York State to Deerfield and Tyrone Townships, drawn by the prospect of purchasing inexpensive land. When they arrived there was no parish to serve them. In 1843 Father Patrick . . . — — Map (db m176612) HM
Before the existence of Kensington Metropark, Detroit journalist, poet and labor leader Jo Labadie chose this site to get away from the "noise and hurry-up of the big town." He and his wife built a house, barn, printshop, and henhouse. Because of . . . — — Map (db m185009) HM
Huron River: Why dam it?
Dams serve a variety of purposes. The Kent Lake Dam was built in 1947, but why? The answer comes from the "when". On the Huron River, from 1910 to 1940, power generation was the goal. From 1944 to 1970, most dams . . . — — Map (db m156415) HM
On North Hacker Road at East Highland Road (State Highway 59), on the right when traveling south on North Hacker Road.
Irish immigrants founded a Catholic mission in Livingston County in 1843. The following year, two acres of land were purchased here and a log structure was erected for worship services. As the congregation grew it required a larger facility, and a . . . — — Map (db m107751) HM
Founded in 1884, Anderson began as a train depot along the newly built Grand Trunk Western Railroad route. A community grew around it, and, at its peak, Anderson had a post officce, cheese factory and farmers store that sold dry goods, groceries . . . — — Map (db m202579) HM
Near Pearl Street north of East Hamburg Street, on the left when traveling north.
[The Village of Pinckney]...is in the midst of one of the finest and already best settled agricultural districts in the state, and is already the natural center of business for not less than two hundred or three hundred families. . . . — — Map (db m202547) HM
On Hartland Road, 0.3 miles north of Center Road, on the right when traveling south.
The Congregational Church of Tyrone, grew out of the Methodist Episcopal church that organized here in 1845. Itinerant ministers called circuit riders served what was known as the Tyrone or Cranston Class. In 1874 the class split over where to build . . . — — Map (db m178131) HM
On Center Road, 0.1 miles east of Carole Lane, on the right when traveling east.
Tyrone Township was settled in 1834, and Joseph M. Becker was elected as the first township supervisor in 1838. Township meetings were held in the homes of the townsfolk until 1887, when this hall was erected on Hartland Road at a cost of $640. . . . — — Map (db m178108) HM