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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. Joseph County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph County, MI (45) Branch County, MI (78) Calhoun County, MI (117) Cass County, MI (39) Kalamazoo County, MI (79) Van Buren County, MI (65) Elkhart County, IN (77) LaGrange County, IN (15)  St.JosephCounty(45) St. Joseph County (45)  BranchCounty(78) Branch County (78)  CalhounCounty(117) Calhoun County (117)  CassCounty(39) Cass County (39)  KalamazooCounty(79) Kalamazoo County (79)  VanBurenCounty(65) Van Buren County (65)  ElkhartCountyIndiana(77) Elkhart County (77)  LaGrangeCounty(15) LaGrange County (15)
Centreville is the county seat for St. Joseph County
Adjacent to St. Joseph County, Michigan
      Branch County (78)  
      Calhoun County (117)  
      Cass County (39)  
      Kalamazoo County (79)  
      Van Buren County (65)  
      Elkhart County, Indiana (77)  
      LaGrange County, Indiana (15)  
 
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1Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — Centreville Civil War Monument
Near N. Nottawa Street south of N. Dean Street, on the right when traveling north.
. . . Map (db m74941) WM
2Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — Culbertson Cemetery
On Covered Bridge Road (County Road 133) at Leland Road, on the left when traveling north on Covered Bridge Road.
The Culbertsons owned all the land south and east of this point to the river from 1835-1983. Carroll Culbertsons estate designated burial rights to the families of 3 devisees who still use the cemetery. This cemetery was illustrated in . . . Map (db m61711) HM
3Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — L2201 — Leverett and Amanda Clapp House
On W. Main Street (State Highway 86) west of Jane Street, on the right when traveling west.
This Italianate style house was built in 1879-80 for Leverett and Amanda Hampson Clapp, who were among Centreville’s most prominent citizens. The 1880 tax rolls listed this house as the most valuable residence in Centreville. Amanda (1840-1931) . . . Map (db m72998) HM
4Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — One Hundredth Anniversary of Centreville
On W. Main Street (State Highway 86) at S. Dean Street, on the right when traveling east on W. Main Street.
Erected in Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Founding of the Village of Centreville 1831 – 1931Map (db m72981) HM
5Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — Saint Joseph County Courthouse
On West Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places September 16, 1993 by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m212599) HM
6Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — Site Of First St. Joseph County Court House
On West Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
Site of first St. Joseph County Court House in Centreville authorized by territorial governor. George B. Porter first judge, WM. FletcherMap (db m212598) HM
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7Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — L1150A — St. Joseph County Courthouse
On West Main Street (State Highway 86) at South Clark Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street.
(Front Side) Michigan Territorial Governor George B. Porter proclaimed Centreville the St. Joseph County seat on November 22, 1831. On November 7, 1831, Robert Clark Jr., Electra W. Dean, Charles Noble and Daniel B. Miller donated the . . . Map (db m64540) HM
8Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — St. Joseph County Veterans Memorial1999
On W. Main Street (State Highway 86) at S. Clark Street, on the right when traveling east on W. Main Street.
As They Died to Make Mankind Free, Let Us Live to Complete the Task Veterans of World War I Austin, Harold Darwin • Baer, Clyde Cicero • Becker, Gustav G. • Behan, William J. • Blood, Robert B. • Brown, Arthur Floyd • Cole, Harold . . . Map (db m72997) HM
9Michigan, St. Joseph County, Centreville — L238 — Stewart House
On Holtom Road, 0.1 miles north of Michigan Highway 86, on the right when traveling north.
This handsome L-shaped residence retains the characteristics of Greek Revival architecture and features symmetrically placed windows flanked by distinctive pilaster trim. It was constructed in the 1840s by Daniel and Alexander Stewart who were . . . Map (db m64728) HM
10Michigan, St. Joseph County, Colon — L526 — Colon / Harry Blackstone
Near West State Street at St. Joseph Street, on the right when traveling west.
(Obverse Side) Colon Known as the “Magic Capital of the World,” this small town has gained widespread recognition for the invention and manufacture of magic tricks. Colon's reputation as a magic mecca began after . . . Map (db m64551) HM
11Michigan, St. Joseph County, Constantine — Constantine Civil War Monument
On S. Washington Street (Business U.S. 131) at E. 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on S. Washington Street.
Constantine to her Soldiers 1861—1865Map (db m72979) WM
12Michigan, St. Joseph County, Constantine — Constantine Tribute to Veterans of All Wars
Near Centreville Road, 0.1 miles east of Osborn Street, on the right when traveling east.
A Tribute to Veterans of All Wars World War I Arthur Stears • Welch Hull • Elmer Boyer • George E. Milner Jr. World War II Richard Bickel • Jerold Bonebright • Max Beesley • Ralph Greager • Pauline Guffey • James . . . Map (db m74954) WM
13Michigan, St. Joseph County, Constantine — L1190A — Constantine United Methodist Church
On White Pigeon Street at East Third Street, on the left when traveling south on White Pigeon Street.
Methodism began in Meek's Mill (Constantine) in 1829 when the Reverend Erastus Felton came from the Ohio Methodist Episcopal Conference as a circuit rider to the St. Joseph Mission. This congregation, the earliest in Constantine, was organized in . . . Map (db m64543) HM
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14Michigan, St. Joseph County, Constantine — Gov. John S. Barry
On W. Water Street at Washington Street (Business U.S. 31), on the right when traveling west on W. Water Street.
Memorial to Gov. John S. Barry Born – 1802 Died – 1870 Governor of Michigan 1842 — 1844 — 1850 Statesman - Lawyer - Merchant This tablet marks site of his store and ware house where steam . . . Map (db m75112) HM
15Michigan, St. Joseph County, Constantine — John Stewart Barry
On N. Washington Street (Business U.S. 131) at Birch Street, on the left when traveling south on N. Washington Street.
Here resided from 1835 to 1849 John Stewart Barry Governor of Michigan, 1843-46; 1850-52 He was born January 29, 1802, in Amherst, New Hampshire; came to White Pigeon in 1831; to Constantine in 1834; kept a general store and . . . Map (db m73001) HM
16Michigan, St. Joseph County, Constantine — William MeekFounder of Constantine 1829
On E. Water Street east of S. Washington Street (Business U.S. 31), on the right when traveling east.
William Meek came to the area in 1828 from Ohio. In 1829, he purchased 121 acres where the Fawn River joins the St. Joseph River. His family came in 1829, as did four others. In 1831 the Village was platted. Meek built a grist mill and a saw mill. . . . Map (db m75254) HM
17Michigan, St. Joseph County, Leonidas — Leonidas Civil War Monument
Near Fulton Road, 0.4 miles north of Michigan Highway 66, on the left when traveling north.
In Honor of The Brave Men Who From Leonidas Bore Some Loyal Part In The Great Civil War 1861—1865 World War II Sgt. Gordon B. Culp 1920     1944Map (db m74957) WM
18Michigan, St. Joseph County, Mendon — Mendon World War II Memorial
On W. Main Street (State Highway 60) at Burr Oak Street, on the right when traveling west on W. Main Street.
In Memory Of Our Boys Who Died And In Honor Of Those Who Served In World War II.Map (db m74960) WM
19Michigan, St. Joseph County, Mottville — S576A — Mottville Bridge
On West Chicago Road (U.S. 12) 0.1 miles east of North River Rd, on the right when traveling west.
(Front Side) The Great Sauk Trail, which connected Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay, Wisconsin, crossed the St. Joseph River at a shallow spot in this vicinity. Responding to the westward migration of pioneers, the federal government . . . Map (db m64545) HM
20Michigan, St. Joseph County, Sturgis — L2169 — Sturges-Young Auditorium
On North Nottawa Street (State Highway 66) north of East West St, on the right when traveling north.
The Sturges-Young Auditorium opened in 1955 to fanfare and celebration. The 986-seat multipurpose facility was much larger than would be expected for a small community like Sturgis. Spurred by private donations, the city began construction on the . . . Map (db m64548) HM
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21Michigan, St. Joseph County, Sturgis — Sturgis Prairie
On E. Chicago Road (U.S. 12) at Pioneer Avenue, on the right when traveling east on E. Chicago Road.
Place of First Settlement Sturgis Prairie By Judge John Sturgis And Family August 1827 Donated by their Descendants Erected by the Womans Club 1915Map (db m75057) HM
22Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Eschol
On Constantine Road, 0.1 miles north of Shorewood Drive, on the right when traveling north.
Pioneer Village Platted 1833 Erected by Abiel Fellows Chapter D.A.R. Oct. 1925Map (db m75319) HM
23Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — French Trading Post
On S. Constantine Street south of South Street, in the median.
Hereabouts stood the old French trading post kept by Cassoway and Gibson. When the first white settlers came to Three Rivers in 1829. This post was probably established before the Revolutionary War. The French traded with the Indians of the St. . . . Map (db m75113) HM
24Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — L1315C — Historic District
On Railroad Drive, 0.1 miles north of West Michigan Street (Michigan Highway 60), on the right when traveling north.
The Downtown Three Rivers Commercial Historic District has one of the best-preserved Victorian streetscapes in southwestern Michigan. Three Rivers, settled in the 1830s, grew with the development of local water power and a railroad in the 1850s. St. . . . Map (db m64542) HM
25Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — L56 — Langley Covered Bridge
On Schweitzer Road at Covered Bridge Road (County Highway 133), on the left when traveling east on Schweitzer Road.
This is the longest of Michigan's few remaining covered bridges. It is 282 feet long with three, 94-foot spans of the Howe-truss construction. The bridge was built in 1887 by Pierce (?) Bodner of Parkville, using the best quality white pine for . . . Map (db m212484) HM
26Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Moab
On Constantine Street at W. Broadway Street, on the right when traveling north on Constantine Street.
Pioneer Village Platted 1836Map (db m73014) HM
27Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Motor Car
Near North Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
Motor Car Manufactured by Sheffield Car Co., Three Rivers, Mich. L. S. & M. S. Depot in BackgroundMap (db m212602) HM
28Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — L1044A — Old Three Rivers Public Library
On North Main Street (Business U.S. 131) at Moore Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
Built in 1904, this structure served as a public library for seventy-five years. Financed by an Andrew Carnegie grant, it was designed by A.W. Rush & Co. and built by H.V. Snyder & Son. Warren J. Willits donated the site. The exterior pink granite . . . Map (db m64547) HM
29Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Site of Legendary Battle
Near West Michigan Avenue (State Highway 60) 0.1 miles east of Spring Street, on the right when traveling east.
Site of Legendary Battle between the Shawnee and Federated Indian Tribes in 1802Map (db m61722) HM
30Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Sturgis Hydroelectric Project
On Sturgis Dam Road, on the right when traveling west.
Providing Power for Over a Century The Sturgis Hydroelectric Project began producing electricity for the City of Sturgis in 1911. It was Michigan's first municipal water power plant. The reservoir created upstream resulted in the need to . . . Map (db m212600) HM
31Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — L400 — Sue Silliman House
Near South Main Street (State Highway 86) south of East Michigan Avenue (State Highway 60), on the right when traveling north. Reported missing.
(Front Side) Arthur Silliman deeded this property named “Riversbye” to his daughter Sue in 1914. Sue Silliman was Three Rivers librarian and historian for forty-two years. During that time she also served on national, state, . . . Map (db m64541) HM
32Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — The First Grist Mill in Three Rivers
On West Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Operated by Mishael Beadle 1832 site marked at Home Coming August 24, 1932Map (db m212604) HM
33Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — The First National Bank of Three RiversMichigan Centennial Business
On North Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of The First National Bank of Three Rivers founded in 1864. For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing . . . Map (db m212603) HM
34Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — The Meneely Bell
On West Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
In recognition of dedicated service S. N. Crose, Fire Chief April 19, 1937 - December 31, 1985 The Meneely Bell was purchased in 1868 for a fire station located on what is now known as the North Main Parking Lot. From 1919 to . . . Map (db m212649) HM
35Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — S150 — Three Rivers
On West Michigan Avenue (U.S. 131) 0.1 miles east of Spring Street, on the right when traveling east.
Here the Rocky and Portage rivers join the winding St. Joseph River. Many centuries before the coming of the white man the junction of these water routes made this a favorite camping site for Indians. La Salle came through the region in 1680 on his . . . Map (db m64727) HM
36Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Three Rivers Civil War Monument
On N. Main Street (Business U.S. 131) at E. Hoffman Street, on the right when traveling north on N. Main Street.
(West Panel) Appomattox • Stone River • Antietam • Chickamauga • Fredericksburg • Missionary Ridge • Chancellorsville • Reseca • Cold Harbor • Tebbs Bend • Petersburg • Perryville • Hatchers Run • Knoxville • Five Forks • Franklin • . . . Map (db m75332) WM
37Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Three Rivers Elks #1248Michigan Centennial Business
On West Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Three Rivers Elks #1248 founded in 1911. For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the growth . . . Map (db m212650) HM
38Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial
Near Jefferson Street at 3rd Avenue.
On this Memorial Site Forever Set Apart and Maintained by Riverside Cemetery Association There has been Erected this St. Joseph County Native Boulder By Ed. M. Prutzman Post G.A.R. and Woman’s Relief Corps Citizens Generously . . . Map (db m75266) WM
39Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Three Rivers Town Cannon
On West Michigan Avenue (State Highway 60) at Spring Street, on the left when traveling west on West Michigan Avenue.
(Front Side) Before the Civil War local militias in Michigan were supplied with arms and equipment donated by the Federal Government under the Militia Act of 1808. During the Mexican War (1845-47) the army's new artillery system was . . . Map (db m61720) HM
40Michigan, St. Joseph County, Three Rivers — Traditional Site Of Seventeenth Century Jesuit Mission
On South Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
Traditional site of seventeenth century Jesuit Mission and scene of ceremony naming Three Rivers in 1836 by McInterfer and Bowman FamiliesMap (db m212601) HM
41Michigan, St. Joseph County, White Pigeon — L1521 — Chief Wahbememe Burial Site
On U.S. 131 at U.S. 12, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 131.
Side 1 Potawatomi Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon) was a signer of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, which placed Michigan Great Lakes forts in U.S. hands. The chief was known as a friend to the white settlers in Michigan. According to legend, . . . Map (db m47179) HM
42Michigan, St. Joseph County, White Pigeon — 23 — Conveying MichiganMichigan Legal Milestone
On West Chicago Road at South Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on West Chicago Road.
Standing on this site since Andrew Jackson was president of the United States, the building where the White Pigeon Land Office conducted business from 1831 to 1834 is one of the historic treasures of Michigan. From this building, title to much of . . . Map (db m61725) HM
43Michigan, St. Joseph County, White Pigeon — In Memory of Wahbememe
Near U.S. 131 at U.S. 12, on the right.
In Memory of Wahbememe Chief White Pigeon who about 1830 gave his life to save the settlement at this place.Map (db m73074) HM
44Michigan, St. Joseph County, White Pigeon — L1205 — U.S. Land Survey Office
On West Chicago Road (U.S. 12) at South Washington Street, on the left when traveling west on West Chicago Road.
Signed on August 29, 1821, the Treaty of Chicago resulted in the Potawatomi and other tribes in southwestern Michigan Territory turning over their lands to the federal government. In 1831, after the land was surveyed, the government opened this . . . Map (db m64544) HM
45Michigan, St. Joseph County, White Pigeon — White Pigeon Fallen Soldiers Memorial
Near U.S. 131 at U.S. 12, on the left when traveling north.
“These Gave Their Last Full Measure”      World War I Pvt Robert E. Swartz     Sep 23, 1918      World War II S2C Lyle E. Burdick       Sep 24, 1942 PFC Arthur R. Gowker        Feb 21, 1944 SGT Richard L. . . . Map (db m73055) WM
 
 
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Feb. 6, 2023