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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Charlevoix County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Charlevoix 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> Charlevoix County, MI (42) Antrim County, MI (17) Cheboygan County, MI (84) Emmet County, MI (110) Leelanau County, MI (22) Mackinac County, MI (95) Otsego County, MI (17) Schoolcraft County, MI (9)  CharlevoixCounty(42) Charlevoix County (42)  AntrimCounty(17) Antrim County (17)  CheboyganCounty(84) Cheboygan County (84)  EmmetCounty(110) Emmet County (110)  LeelanauCounty(22) Leelanau County (22)  MackinacCounty(95) Mackinac County (95)  OtsegoCounty(17) Otsego County (17)  SchoolcraftCounty(9) Schoolcraft County (9)
Charlevoix is the county seat for Charlevoix County
Adjacent to Charlevoix County, Michigan
      Antrim County (17)  
      Cheboygan County (84)  
      Emmet County (110)  
      Leelanau County (22)  
      Mackinac County (95)  
      Otsego County (17)  
      Schoolcraft County (9)  
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1 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Big Rock Point — B-52 Crash Fallen Crew Members Memorial — In Memorium — B-52 54-2666 —
99th Bombardment Wing/SAC Westover Air Force Base, Mass. 346/348 Bombardment Squadrons The following B-52 crew members gave their lives on a training mission over Lake Michigan January 7, 1971 Lt. Col. Wm B. Lemmon • Lt. Col. John . . . Map (db m97484) HM
2 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Big Rock Point, Hayes Township — S0701 — Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant
(Side A) Big Rock Point Big Rock Point is named for a large boulder used as a landmark by Native Americans. At least as early as the mid-nineteenth century Odawa (Ottawa) Indians used Big Rock, which they called Kitcheossening, as a . . . Map (db m97483) HM
3 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Beardsley's Dry Goods Store — Established 1885 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Boyne's first regular storekeeper was Alfred J. Beardsley. He was born on a farm in St. Clair County in 1854 and in June 1875, journeyed to Boyne, where he opened a small dry goods store in the Pine Lake House. In April of 1885, he . . . Map (db m230204) HM
4 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Bellamy Opera House — Established 1903 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Built in 1903 by C.I. Bellamy who came to Boyne from Luther, Mich. An up-to-date place of amusement, it was pronounced by experts as "the handsomest for its size in the state". The theater opened in 1904 and featured a stage twenty-five feet . . . Map (db m230296) HM
5 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Bergy Bros. — Established 1907 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
When Bergy Bros. opened the doors of their new mercantile establishment, "The public came, saw a fine display of goods and bought liberally". Messrs. Bergy brothers were gentlemen of experience. Previous to coming to Boyne City, M.E. Bergy had . . . Map (db m216062) HM
6 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Boyne City Cigar Company — Established 1906 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
"A popular gathering place for lovers of the weed" was established by C.E. Chase right after the turn of the century. The business was known throughout the City of Boyne. Mr. Chase, proprietor of the well kept store, produced an excellent . . . Map (db m230203) HM
7 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — 1443 — Boyne City United Methodist Church
In 1874 the Reverend Andrew Wiggins and twelve pioneers organized the Methodist-Episcopal Church of Boyne City, near Deer Lake. In 1883, Zachariah Morgan and his wife, Mary, donated land on which to build a church. The first church was . . . Map (db m234146) HM
8 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Downtown Boyne City
From 1890 to the present, Boyne City's commercial center has flanked the south bank of the Boyne River. The late Victorian facades of its earliest buildings were influenced by fashionable turn-of-the-twentieth century architecture. Buildings of . . . Map (db m230392) HM
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9 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — John & Harriet Miller — First Settlers 1885 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Boyne City's first permanent settlers arrived on the shores of Pine Lake (now Lake Charlevoix) on November 14, 1856 from up state New York. It has been said tha they found the place by following a dream. As the story is told, Harriet awoke one . . . Map (db m230504) HM
10 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Kaden's Store — Established 1903 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Frank Kaden, one of Boyne's Pioneer merchants was born in 1862 and first came to this area in 1876 from Philadelphia. After operating a business in Boyne Falls for several years and spending some time in California, he returned to Boyne City and . . . Map (db m216128) HM
11 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — La Chapelle Sisters — Established 1880 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
It is not certain when this building was erected, but it was most likely built around 1880. During the past century, it has served a wide variety of businesses. One of the most notable was "La Chapelle Sisters" Millinery Emporium which opened in . . . Map (db m216139) HM
12 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Railroad Office Building — Established 1918 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
This Railroad Office Building served as the Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena Railroad general office during Boyne's lumbering era. It is not known when the office building was constructed, but it was first located on the east side of Lake . . . Map (db m216179) HM
13 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — S. Dosie Clothing Furnishings & Shoes — Established 1907 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
S. Dosie opened the finest store in Greater Boyne on March 20, 1907 where the stock featuring all the latest and correct styles, was arranged in Metropolitan style. The two-story building was 25 by 94 feet and was, in every sense of the . . . Map (db m216065) HM
14 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — Schaub Meat Market — Established 1904 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Clarence C. Schaub first worked in the meat business with his brother, J.C. Schaub, in 1894 at the corner of Lake and Main. In 1900, Clarence sold his share of the business and headed west. Three years later he returned to Boyne City and . . . Map (db m230285) HM
15 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The Commercial House — Established 1904 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Sometimes called the Riverside Hotel, the 24 room hotel opened to the public in 1904. Charles O. Fry, proprietor, ran a comfortable hostlery, where guests were made to feel they had found a home, not just a stopping place. At all times, . . . Map (db m230201) HM
16 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The Medicine Shop — Established 1898 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Before the era of the drug store, most folks relied on the patent medicine industry to cure the grevous ills of mankind. A popular medicine of the day was Thedford's Black Drought which claimed to cure everything from bad blood to headaches. . . . Map (db m216127) HM
17 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The New Boyne Hotel — Established 1877 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
On May 1, 1907, Frank Meyers became the proprietor of the newly remodeled hotel. A weary traveler could register at the 52 room hotel for two dollars a day. The rooms were clean, light, airy and well furnished and the cuisine irreproachable . . . Map (db m216066) HM
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18 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The Odd Fellows Hall — Established 1906 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
The International Order of Odd Fellows built this grand hall in 1906. It was constructed by J.I. Gee and was Boyne's first poured concrete building. The walls are sixteen inches thick and reinforced with rock and railroad ties. The I.O.O.F's . . . Map (db m216131) HM
19 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The Railroad Round House — Established 1904 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
This location, at the head of Pine Lake (now Lake Charlevoix), was once the site of the round house for the BCG & A Railroad. Built shortly after the turn of the century, it sheltered and serviced thirteen locomotives. The surrounding railroad . . . Map (db m230468) HM
20 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The Stackus Furniture Store & Funeral Home — Established 1895 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
It is the oldest business still operating under the same family management. The first business was operated by James B. Stackus, a Civil War veteran, who came to the Boyne area in 1875. A cabinet maker by trade he soon had a successful business. . . . Map (db m230288) HM
21 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Boyne City — The United States Hotel — Established 1880 — Boyne City's Historical Past —
Not one, but two, United States Hotels once stood on this corner. The first, a fine three-story hotel, was built by Frank Abraham and George Beardsley and opened in 1878. In 1880, the U.S. Hotel burned and a new hotel was erected in its place. In . . . Map (db m215924) HM
22 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — 103 Main Street (now Park Avenue)
This was the address of Amos Fox from the late Eighteen Seventies until the late Eighteen Nineties. Mr. Fox was a pioneer business man of Charlevoix. He and his partner, Hiram Rose, built the wooden dock that ships on Lake Michigan used before a . . . Map (db m215864) HM
23 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Battle of "Pine River"
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24 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Benjamin S. Gill, EMC USN — 4/20/17 - 2/24/90 — In Memory Of Our Valued Shipmate —
He survived the sinking of USS Perch (SS-176) and more than 3 years as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II He was a native of Charlevoix and was instrumental in building and maintaining this MemorialMap (db m98059) HM WM
25 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Flag Pole
This flagpole once stood at the site of Consumers Energy's Big Rock Point Nuclear Plant, about 4.5 miles northwest of Charlevoix off of U.S. 31. The plant set several industry records throughout its operating life from 1962 to 1997 and was named a . . . Map (db m98098) HM
26 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Charlevoix's World's Largest Cherry Pie
The pie crust measured from 14 feet, 4 inches in diameter, 2 feet deep and weighing a total of 7 tons. A total of 1,730 lbs. for the pie crust 850 lbs. of flour 325 lbs. of water 15 lbs. of salt 110 lbs. of milk 375 lbs. of shortening 55 . . . Map (db m154653) HM
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27 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — 3 — Fishing and Lumbering - Round Lake, North Shore / Bridge Park and Bridge Street
Fishing and Lumbering - Round Lake, North Shore Tug Loaded with Lake Trout ca. 1900 When Charlevoix was permanently settled in 1854, Lake Michigan teemed with millions of tons of fish, called "finny . . . Map (db m215844) HM
28 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Odmark Band Pavilion
Clarence "Odie" Odmark Charlevoix Band Director 1946 - 1975 "The music that resonated throughout my life, Now resounds from my spirit."Map (db m98090) HM
29 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Still On Patrol
U.S. Navy Submarines paid heavily for their success in World War II. A total of 374 officers and 3131 men are on board these 52 submarines still on "patrol" Albacore · Amberjack · Argonaut · Barbel · Bonefish · Bullhead · . . . Map (db m98057) HM WM
30 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — L1930 — The First Congregational Church — Registered Michigan Historic Site
The First Congregational Church was formed in 1882. Members purchased this lot in 1883, and the building was completed in 1885. Church women held social fundraisers to help finance its cost. The building features rare Stick style motifs. The . . . Map (db m98093) HM
31 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — The Harsha House Museum — Discover Charlevoix's History
[Excerpted historical photo captions read] Round Lake Harbor, 1950s Shuffleboard Courts in East Park, 1940s First Waterfront Art Fair, 1959 North American in Round Lake, 1950sMap (db m98031) HM
32 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — 4 — The Lower Channel Bridges
1859-1864 Bridge #1 Built wide enough for two pedestrians to pass, this wooden structure was four feet across and two feet above the water, with removable planks in the middle. If someone wasn't nearby to help, those in a boat . . . Map (db m215863) HM
33 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — USS Escolar (SS 294) Memorial — October 17, 1944 — CDR W.J. [William John] Millican —
We the US Submarine Veterans of WWII Michigan Chapter proudly dedicate this memorial to the gallant men of the USS Escolar (SS294) Lost by enemy action on or about 17 October 1944 while on her first patrol with the loss of her . . . Map (db m98060) HM WM
34 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix — Wharfside Building and Park Acquisition
Wharfside Building Acquisition The 2002 purchase of the Wharfside Building (formerly known as Neff Brothers Quality Food Store) culminated the City of Charlevoix's one hundred and six year dedicated effort to purchase properties along the . . . Map (db m98056) HM
35 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Charlevoix, Hayes Township — L26 — Greensky Hill Mission
Here in the 1840's the Chippewa Indian missionary, Peter Greensky, established a Protestant mission in an area where legend says Indian chiefs once held their councils. New trees have been planted in an arrangement similar to that of the trees that . . . Map (db m215921) HM
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36 Michigan, Charlevoix County, East Jordan, South Arm Township — L2004 — John and Eva Porter Estate
Elm Pointe is an eleven-acre estate developed c. 1926 by John J. and Eva Porter. the house, designed by Grand Rapids architect J. Alexander McColl, was constructed of lumber milled by the East Jordan Lumber Company. An unusual, contemporary . . . Map (db m215776) HM
37 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Horton Bay — 10 — Horton Bay General Store — Hemingway's Michigan
Established in 1876, this building has served as a store and post office and as the village's center of business and social life. Hemingway frequented it both as a boy and as a young man. He described its "high false front" in his story "Up in . . . Map (db m98008) HM
38 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Horton Bay — 9 — Pinehurst and Shangri-La — Hemingway's Michigan
Jim and Elizabeth Dilworth operated Pinehurst, an inn providing meals and tourist lodging. The Hemingways were family friends and Ernest often stayed here. His wedding reception was held here in 1921 and next door at Shangri-la, a rooming house . . . Map (db m98030) HM
39 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Horton Bay, Bay Township — S463 — Horton Bay
Named for pioneer settler Samuel Horton, this village was founded as a lumbering community in 1876, complete with sawmill, shanty boys, boarding house, company store, blacksmith shop, and draft horses. The store and many early buildings still . . . Map (db m98027) HM
40 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Norwood — L1988 — Norwood Township Hall — Registered Michigan Historic Site
Norwood was settled in 1866 when Orvis Wood, Lucius Pearl, and Orwin Adams built a dock and sawmill on the shore of Lake Michigan. The town thrived as a lumber shipping center with sawmills, a company store, and blacksmith shops. In 1884 the Norwood . . . Map (db m98099) HM
41 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Norwood, Norwood Township — 2301 — Norwood School
Norwood School District No.1 was organized in 1867, one year before Orwin and Eliza P. Adams and Orvis D. Wood platted this village. Thirty-five children attended lessons in a log building. In 1869 a frame schoolhouse was built on land . . . Map (db m234150) HM
42 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Walloon Lake, Melrose Township — 722 — Hemingway at Walloon Lake
In 1899 the Hemingways of Oak Park, Illinois, built a summer cottage called Windemere some six miles northwest of here on Walloon Lake. Young Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) spent his days at the lake reading, fishing, hunting, and . . . Map (db m233985) HM
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Apr. 19, 2024