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Historical Markers in Tuscola County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Tuscola 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 Tuscola County, MI (34) Bay County, MI (33) Genesee County, MI (134) Huron County, MI (57) Lapeer County, MI (39) Saginaw County, MI (49) Sanilac County, MI (38)  TuscolaCounty(34) Tuscola County (34)  BayCounty(33) Bay County (33)  GeneseeCounty(134) Genesee County (134)  HuronCounty(57) Huron County (57)  LapeerCounty(39) Lapeer County (39)  SaginawCounty(49) Saginaw County (49)  SanilacCounty(38) Sanilac County (38)
Caro is the county seat for Tuscola County
Adjacent to Tuscola County, Michigan
      Bay County (33)  
      Genesee County (134)  
      Huron County (57)  
      Lapeer County (39)  
      Saginaw County (49)  
      Sanilac County (38)  
 
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1Michigan, Tuscola County, Akron — L761B — Indian Dave
On Bay City Forestville Road (Michigan Route 25) 0.3 miles east of North Bradleyville Road, on the left when traveling east.
(Side One) Indian Dave was one of the last Chippewas to hunt, fish and trap in the old manner in the Tuscola County area. Dave was born around 1803 and given the name Ish-Don-Quit. According to legend, in 1819 he attended the gathering at . . . Map (db m161021) HM
2Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L1349 — Caro Masonic Temple
On North State Street (State Highway 81), on the right when traveling east.
This two-story Italianate commercial building was erected in 1879. One of the first brick buildings on Caro's main street, the structure was built by businessman and philanthropist Charles Montague as a bank and general store. When the building was . . . Map (db m101622) HM
3Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — First Meeting of the Caro Rotary Club
On South State Street (State Highway 81) at South Almer Street, on the right when traveling south on South State Street.
On this site at the Hotel Montague, the first meeting of the Caro Rotary Club was held on October 9, 1925. Twenty businessmen gathered for the charter meeting of the Caro Rotary Club. Rotary is an international organization that spans the . . . Map (db m101623) HM
4Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L1257 — First Presbyterian Church of Caro
On North Almer Street at West Lincoln Street, on the left when traveling north on North Almer Street.
Twelve persons organized the First Presbyterian Church of Caro in December 1878. The Reverend Edward P. Clark, the Presbyterian minister at Vassar, conducted the organizational meeting with the assistance of the Reverend R.P. Shaw of Bedford, . . . Map (db m101632) HM
5Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — S432 — Peninsular Sugar Refining Company
On South Almer Street, on the left when traveling south.
The beet sugar industry in Michigan began growing rapidly in the late nineteenth century. The declining lumber industry had cleared thousands of acres of land suitable for the cultivation of sugar beets. In 1897 farmers were encouraged further to . . . Map (db m101628) HM
6Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L359 — Trinity Episcopal Church
On South Almer Street at Joy Street, on the left when traveling south on South Almer Street.
This skillfully designed board and batten Gothic Revival church, first served local Episcopalians in 1880. The congregation had been formed in 1871, the year the town was incorporated. During the 1870s Caro grew to be a major commerce center for the . . . Map (db m101616) HM
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7Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L1326 — Tuscola County Advertiser
On North State Sreet (State Highway 81), on the right when traveling east.
The Tuscola County Advertiser began publishing on August 21, 1868. The city's oldest surviving business establishment, it was founded by Henry G. Chapin, a native of Conesus, New York. Chapin edited and published the paper for twelve years. . . . Map (db m101614) HM
8Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L1045 — Tuscola County Courthouse
On North State Street (State Highway 81) at East Sherman Street, on the right when traveling east on North State Street.
Peter DeWitt Bush (1818-1913), the second permanent resident of the village of Caro, donated this site for the county courthouse square in 1866. Then he, along with two other pioneer settlers, moved an old frame church to the site to serve as the . . . Map (db m101635) HM
9Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L928 — Tuscola County Fair
Near South Almer Street at East Congress Street. Reported missing.
On March 11, 1882, thirty-three years after the nation's first state fair was held in Detroit, the Tuscola County Fair was organized as the Caro District Agricultural Association. On September 19-22, 1882, the fair hosted its first agricultural, . . . Map (db m160824) HM
10Michigan, Tuscola County, Caro — L517 — William H. Carson House
On West Burnside Street at Fremont Street, on the right when traveling west on West Burnside Street.
Built in 1903Map (db m101592)
11Michigan, Tuscola County, Cass City — L714A — Elkland Township Hall
On Main Street (Michigan Route 81) east of West Street, on the left when traveling east.
This hall was built in 1881 as the center of government activity for Elkland Township. Erected at a cost of $2,600, it was the first brick structure in Cass City. Local timber and brick supplied by the Depews Brick Kilns were used throughout the . . . Map (db m160945) HM
12Michigan, Tuscola County, Cass City — L2216 — First Presbyterian Church
On Seeger Street at Church Street when traveling north on Seeger Street.
Three people gathered in June 1877 to form the First Presbyterian Society of Cass City. The congregation soon called its first pastor, the Reverend John Kelland, who led fundraising efforts to build a permanent home for the society. By the fall of . . . Map (db m160948) HM
13Michigan, Tuscola County, Cass City — S702C — State Reward Road No. 1
On Cass City Road (Michigan Route 81) at Schwegler Road, on the right when traveling east on Cass City Road.
The state highway system began with the State Reward Road program, created by the Michigan Legislature in 1905. The program provided "rewards" to local governments for road improvements made according to state standards. Horatio "Good Roads" Earle, . . . Map (db m160949) HM
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14Michigan, Tuscola County, Fairgrove — L1614A — Gilford United Methodist Church
On North Bradleyville Road north of West Gilford Road, on the left when traveling north.
In 1887 a camp meeting led by the Reverend David Arnold resulted in the establishment of the Gilford United Brethren in Christ Church. Henry Shannon and John Cragg had invited Arnold to preach to area settlers. In 1889 Charles and Naomi Phipps . . . Map (db m163346) HM
15Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Blacksmith Shop
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
Years ago, the blacksmith was an essential person in the community because they made and fit horseshoes. A blacksmith works with metal, heats it up and bends it to whatever shape is needed. This 24 ft. x 24 ft. building was constructed in 2010 and . . . Map (db m181153) HM
16Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Cider Mill
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
The Cider Mill was a traditional sight in many Midwestern and Northeastern US farm neighborhoods. Apple trees are quite common in parts of our country partly due to John Chapman (1774-1845), also known as Johnny Appleseed. Apples have many . . . Map (db m181149) HM
17Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — L2269 — Gagetown
On South Street at 4th Street, on the left when traveling west on South Street.
Side 1 Brothers Joseph and James Gage immigrated from Canada in 1860. Joseph filed a homestead claim in Elmwood Township. In 1869, Joseph built a store and mill on his land. Two years later, he platted the village of Gagetown where five . . . Map (db m160954) HM
18Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Garage
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
The garage is one of the original structures on the site. It was built in 1919 while the house was still under construction. This building typifies the ornate detail for which builders John and George Munro were known. All of the framing . . . Map (db m181131) HM
19Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Grain Elevator
Near Richie Road , 1 mile north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
Beginning in the mid to late 19th century, farmers were able to produce grain crops that exceeded the needs of their families and industries were creating a demand for the excess crops. The first facilities for receiving and storing grain were flat . . . Map (db m181147) HM
20Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — House
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
In 1919 James & Cora Purdy hired local builders, John and George Munro, of Gagetown, MI to begin building this Arts and Crafts style home. This home features 15 rooms including three full bathrooms (which was very uncommon in rural Michigan . . . Map (db m181128) HM
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21Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Octagon Barn
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
The original owner of this farmstead, James L. Purdy, was on a trip to Iowa when he saw an octagonal barn and was determined to have one of his own. When he returned to Gagetown, he hired the Munro Bothers, local builders who had previously built . . . Map (db m181133) HM
22Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — One Room Schoolhouse
Near Richie Road , 1 mile north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
This one room country school was built in 1898 and called the Mast School; named after John and Mary Mast on whose property it was built on Gettel Road in Sebewaing, Michigan. It functioned as a one room country school until Christmas of 1947 . . . Map (db m181144) HM
23Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Powerhouse
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles north of Bay City Forestville Road.
In 1895, James Purdy started to acquire acreage along the east side of Richie Road. By 1918, he had acquired 560 acres, which was mostly swampland including all of Mud Lake just a half-mile northeast of this Barn Site. His goal was to build a . . . Map (db m181139) HM
24Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Sawmill
Near Richie Road , 0.8 miles Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
The sawmill building was built in the winter of 2007-2008. It is a 48 ft x 100 ft structure designed to house a Russell & Co. circular sawmill made in Massillon, Ohio, in the early 1900's. It also houses a four head planer made by Witherby Rug & . . . Map (db m181169) HM
25Michigan, Tuscola County, Gagetown — Sugar Shack
Near Richie Road , 0.9 miles north of Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north.
The sugar shack was a traditional sight on many Midwestern and Northeast U.S. farms. Here, sap from sugar maple trees tapped nearby was boiled down to make maple syrup, a craft settlers learned from Native Americans in the area. In the early days . . . Map (db m181157) HM
26Michigan, Tuscola County, Millington — L-1971 — Millington Bank BuildingBuilt in 1898
On State Road (State Highway 15) 0.1 miles south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
Millington Bank Building Built in 1898 Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State Registered Local Site No. 1971 Property of the State of Michigan, 1996Map (db m128200) HM
27Michigan, Tuscola County, Millington — L1907 — Millington School District No. 2
On Gleason Street at Main Street, on the left when traveling south on Gleason Street.
In 1856 Millington’s first school, a log building, was erected. Between 1866 and 1867 the number of school-age children doubled, and a frame school was built on land obtained from David Lane, owner of the town’s first sawmill. In 1884 Millington . . . Map (db m179787) HM
28Michigan, Tuscola County, Millington — L0798 — West Forest United Methodist Church
On East Farrand Road at Taylor Road, on the right when traveling west on East Farrand Road.
West Forest United Methodist Church Built in 1892Map (db m179821) HM
29Michigan, Tuscola County, Richville — L540 — Frankenhilf
On South Van Buren Road at Sanilac Road (Route 46), on the right when traveling north on South Van Buren Road.
In 1849 Pastor Ferdinand Sievers of Bay County purchased over fifteen hundred acres of virgin forest here in Tuscola County to establish a colony of immigrants from revolution-torn Germany. A year later two families under the leadership of Pastor . . . Map (db m101567) HM
30Michigan, Tuscola County, Richville — The Bavarian Colony of Frankenhilf
On South Van Buren Road at Sanilac Road (Route 46), on the right on South Van Buren Road.
One of four Bavarian settlements in the Saginaw Valley was founded here in June 1850, with the arrival of two families and a pastor. Frankenhilf, which means "Help of the Franconians" remained the community name until it later was changed to . . . Map (db m101570) HM
31Michigan, Tuscola County, Vassar — L52 — Vassar's Logging Era
On East Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 15) 0.2 miles east of Main Street, on the left when traveling east.
Here on the Cass River, March 1, 1849, four men led by Townsend North and James N. Edmunds found a suitable place to build a dam and start a town, which was named for Edmunds’s uncle, Matthew Vassar, later the founder of Vassar College, New York. . . . Map (db m163487) HM
32Michigan, Tuscola County, Watrousville — L2059 — Juniata House
On West Caro Road (State Highway 81) at Second Street, on the right when traveling west on West Caro Road.
In 1851, Patrick McGlone (1810-1884) settled near here. Later, he built a one-story building that he named "Juniata House" where he provided lodging and food for travelers, as well as "good Barns" stocked "with hay and grain." His family served . . . Map (db m101577) HM
33Michigan, Tuscola County, Watrousville — L239 — Watrous General Store
On West Caro Road (State Highway 81) at Second Street, on the left when traveling west on West Caro Road.
Aaron Watrous and his crew of loggers came here in 1852 to cut the virgin pine of the Cass River Valley. In 1860 he platted the town, naming it Watrousville, and a few years later constructed this building as a general store. The flagpole in front . . . Map (db m101582) HM
34Michigan, Tuscola County, Watrousville — L1425 — Watrousville United Methodist Church
On West Caro Road (State Highway 81) at South Ridge Road, on the right when traveling west on West Caro Road.
Circuit riders, who traveled through local villages, served the Watrousville United Methodist Church when it was established in 1856. The congregation became known as the Wastrousville Charge in 1861. In 1865 the first trustees of the congregation . . . Map (db m101578) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023