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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Eaton County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Eaton 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> Eaton County, MI (78) Barry County, MI (39) Calhoun County, MI (138) Clinton County, MI (38) Ingham County, MI (181) Ionia County, MI (57) Jackson County, MI (128)  EatonCounty(78) Eaton County (78)  BarryCounty(39) Barry County (39)  CalhounCounty(138) Calhoun County (138)  ClintonCounty(38) Clinton County (38)  InghamCounty(181) Ingham County (181)  IoniaCounty(57) Ionia County (57)  JacksonCounty(128) Jackson County (128)
Charlotte is the county seat for Eaton County
Adjacent to Eaton County, Michigan
      Barry County (39)  
      Calhoun County (138)  
      Clinton County (38)  
      Ingham County (181)  
      Ionia County (57)  
      Jackson County (128)  
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1 Michigan, Eaton County, Bellevue — L0257 — Bellevue Gothic Mill
Front Side Horatio Hall built this mill for Manlius Mann in 1854. Powered by water from the Battle Creek, a three-town overshot waterwheel in the basement turned three pairs of millstones that ground grain from local farmers into flour. . . . Map (db m166296) HM
2 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — L1719 — 1845 Eaton County CourthouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
This building served as Eaton County's courthouse from 1846 to 1872. The first courthouse was built in Bellevue in the 1830s. In 1840, Charlotte became the county seat, and in 1844 the county supervisors voted to erect a new courthouse on the . . . Map (db m216458) HM
3 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — American Legion Post No. 42 Veterans Memorial
Dedicated in memory of those who sacrificed their lives to preserve our American heritage "that we may live in peace." In memory of S.S.G. David W. Barrus Many shores, many battles, served without malice In memory of Frederick A. Young . . . Map (db m217362) WM
4 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — L1371 — Center Eaton United Methodist Church
On November 30, 1878, the local Methodist class purchased land for a church from Benjamin and Catherine Spotts for $25.00. Church men cut and hewed the logs for the building. The Reverend B. E. Paddock dedicated the church on November 10, 1881. . . . Map (db m126010) HM
5 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Charlotte Medal of Honor Memorial
The citizens of Charlotte proudly dedicate this monument to the memory of our two heroes who were awarded the Medal of Honor The Medal of Honor is America's highest military decoration for valor in combat. It is awarded to individuals whose . . . Map (db m216503) HM WM
6 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Charlotte Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who so gallantly served in the wars of our countryMap (db m216505) WM
7 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Cobra AH1E
Developed originally as a helicopter gunship for use in Vietnam, the Cobra demonstrated remarkable versatility and power. Built 1968 Retired 1999 Service: Germany, South Korea, U.S.A. Specifications Made by Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. . . . Map (db m216508) HM
8 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Daniel G. Rulison
In honor of Daniel G. Rulison Corporal KIA October 1969Map (db m216542) WM
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9 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — David W. Barrus
In honor of David W. Barrus Staff Sergeant KIA March 1970Map (db m216549) HM
10 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — S190 — Eaton County / Eaton County Courthouse Square
Eaton County Eaton County was organized in 1837 and named for President Andrew Jackson's war secretary, John H. Eaton. Pioneers had come to Bellevue, the first county seat, in 1833. The county was settled chiefly by New Englanders who . . . Map (db m121314) HM
11 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Eaton County Civil War Memorial
Presented to A. S. Williams Post No. 40 Dept. of Mich. G. A. R. by U.S. Govt. in service of Civil War from 1861 to 1865. This Post dedicated them to the memory of Soldiers and Sailors of Eaton County 1898.Map (db m216559) WM
12 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Eaton County Courthouse Sentinel Tree
This amazing oak tree is approximately 250 years old. It has stood as the Sentinel on these grounds since the American Revolution. Courthouse Square Association honors and celebrates its life and history. Eaton County's Museum at . . . Map (db m216506) HM
13 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Eaton County's 1845 Courthouse
Completed in 1846 for $1,000, the building was originally located on town square, the current location of the 1885 Courthouse Museum. It served as Eaton County's Courthouse until 1872, at which time it was sold and used as the Episcopal Chapel. . . . Map (db m216457) HM
14 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — L187 — First Congregational Church of Charlotte
This handsome brick church was completed in 1881. Seven persons organized the congregation in 1851 in nearby Carmel Township. Moving to Charlotte the next year, they held services in the wooden courthouse and in 1856 built the city's first place of . . . Map (db m121366) HM
15 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — L1489 — Gresham United Methodist Church
Members of the Gresham United Methodist Church first worshipped in a school and in homes. In 1879 Palmer and Rebecca McDonald gave this site on which to build a church. In order to erect the church, people in the community donated logs, which were . . . Map (db m191522) HM
16 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — History of the Bennett Park Dam
The dam at Bennett Park was built around 1907 to provide cooling water for a stream generated water works facility. Additionally, it served as a local recreational attraction for many members of the community who would swim and fish here. The . . . Map (db m126182) HM
17 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — L2076 — Joseph & Mary Hall HouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Local builder Nathan Johnson built this house around 1845 for Charlotte's first physician, Joseph P. Hall, and his wife, Mary. The house was moved from the business district to this site in 1868. Many professionals lived here, including . . . Map (db m126029) HM
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18 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Kitchell S. Gibbs
In honor of Kitchell S. Gibbs Private First Class KIA May 1969Map (db m216552) WM
19 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — L2154 — Lawrence Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church
Side 1 Served for many years by circuit riding ministers, the Methodist congregation dates from 1838, making it Charlotte's oldest religious society. People worshipped at the home of Jonathan Searles, in a temporary courtroom in the Eagle . . . Map (db m121387) HM
20 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Lt. George W. Spinning Memorial Field
This athletic field dedicated in memory of Lt. George W. Spinning U.S. Army WWIMap (db m216558) WM
21 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — S691 — Luren D. Dickinson / The "Country Capitol"
Luren D. Dickinson Michigan's thirty-seventh governor, Luren D. Dickinson (1859-1943), prided himself on being a frugal farmer. As a young man he taught school and served as principal of Potterville High School before becoming . . . Map (db m125995) HM
22 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — The Charlotte Historic District126 N. Bostwick
. . . Map (db m216561) HM
23 Michigan, Eaton County, Charlotte — Timberland Grange Memorial
"And the leaves of the trees were for the healing of the nations" Rev. 22-2 This Grove is dedicated to the memory of the Timberland Grange pioneers of Eaton County. To the boys who answered their country's call. To the study of trees . . . Map (db m216459) WM
24 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — Clay Hill
Known as 'Clay Hill', this was home to Dimondale's High School. Originally built in 1879, the two-story brick structure grew along with the community. It was demolished in 1965 after the school district annexed with Holt.Map (db m192589) HM
25 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — Dimondale Cemetery Vietnam/Korea Memorial
In honor and memory of those who served our country in Korea and VietnamMap (db m192356) WM
26 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — Dimondale Cemetery World War I Memorial
In honor and memory of those who served our country in World War IMap (db m192358) WM
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27 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — Dimondale Cemetery World War II Memorial
In memory of those who gave their lives in World War II Alfred Merchant · Roy W. Bleisch · Alan F. Smith · Major E. Foerch · Woodrow O. Corson · Roger Keast · Lester H. Rhoades· Robert E. Hetrick · Oscar P. Kretschman · Delbert F. Meyers · . . . Map (db m192357) WM
28 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — Dimondale Fire
It wasn't quite the Chicago Fire but a blaze in 1888 nearly wiped out Dimondale's downtown, which at that time was located south of the river. The downtown was then rebuilt on the north side of the bridge.Map (db m192591) HM
29 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — L390 — First Presbyterian Church
In 1846 Congregational services were conducted by the Reverend Joseph Smith in the home of one of Windsor Township's earliest residents, Nathan Pray. In 1875, nineteen years after the town of Dimondale was platted around the mill of lsaac Dimond, . . . Map (db m192247) HM
30 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — First Presbyterian Church Bell
This bell first called the people of Dimondale to worship in 1882 It was removed from the church tower and displayed here in 1977 In memory of Clara and Ray BurnettMap (db m192493) HM
31 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — Rick's Barber Shop
Opening as a bakery, this building moved here in 1917 from where the hardware stands today. Hines Harness Repair operated here, as well as a general store. Lyle King opened a barber shop in the 1960's. Rick has served Dimondale since 1990.Map (db m192592) HM
32 Michigan, Eaton County, Dimondale — The Dimond House
This home, built in 1848 by Isaac Dimond, was sold just after the Civil War. In 1886 a fire burned the house to the ground. Owner O.H. Olmstead rebuilt the Olmstead House Hotel and stage- coach stop on the original stone foundation.Map (db m199011) HM
33 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — L0360 — "The Saratoga of the West"
Eaton Rapids became a popular health resort when mineral water was discovered in 1869. Attracted by advertisements boasting of its curative powers, thousands came for treatment. The water was also bottled and shipped across the country. In 1874 . . . Map (db m171848) HM
34 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — S0558 — Austin Blair
Civil War governor Austin Blair (1818-1894) came to Jackson, Michigan, from New York in 1841. In 1842 he moved his law practice to Eaton Rapids. At that time the area was made up mostly of farmers, and Blair was paid for his legal services with . . . Map (db m171841) HM
35 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — Eaton Rapids Community War Memorial
We Dedicate This Plaque "To The Ones Who Served" In The Spanish-American War 1898 World War I 1914-1918 World War II 1941-1945 The Korean Conflict . . . Map (db m171845) WM
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36 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — L1480 — Edward Ferris House
Edward Ferris House Built C. 1880Map (db m171653) HM
37 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — L1802 — Hamlin District No. 15 School
In 1853 Warren and Sophia Ford deeded land for a school to Eaton Rapids School District No. 15. In 1869 the land became part of Hamlin Township. This one-room school, erected in 1884 with decorative Eastlake details, replaced one built in 1873. The . . . Map (db m171840) HM
38 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — L286 — Island Park
This island, owned and operated by J. D. McAuliffe from 1872, was hailed as “a shady retreat for pleasure seekers...(with) a fine collection of animals and a museum of rare specimens”. In 1897 Eaton Rapids bought it for a city park. From . . . Map (db m171678) HM
39 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — L692 — Miller Dairy Farm No. 1
In 1896 dairy farmers Dennis and Mary Miller produced ice cream for the first time on this site, using a hand-crank freezer. The 111-acre farm grew into a business with 14 farms, 1,300 acres, 500 Holstein cows, and modern equipment. In 1936 Miller . . . Map (db m171851) HM
40 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — L0361 — Red Ribbon Hall
The Eaton Rapids Reform Club, under the leadership of Isaac N. Reynolds, built this temperance hall in 1878. Affiliated with the national Red Ribbon movement, over a thousand local men knotted red ribbons in their lapels after pledging to abstain . . . Map (db m171843) HM
41 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — S0604 — VFW National Home
In 1923 the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) initiated a plan to build a national home for the families of deceased and disabled American veterans. The following year a Jackson, Michigan, cattleman made his Ingham County ranch available for the site . . . Map (db m171836) HM
42 Michigan, Eaton County, Eaton Rapids — VFW National Home For Children World War II Memorial
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43 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — "Growing Progress"By Artist Thomas Sheering
Provided by the children of Victor J. and Rosella C. Huhn, in loving memory of their parents who were longtime Grand Ledge residents. The Huhn family started their journey in the United States much the same as a majority of immigrants by . . . Map (db m125647) HM
44 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — L1943 — Blake's Opera House
Constructed in 1884 as a roller skating rink, this building was purchased by Peter Blake and opened as Blake's Opera House in 1886. Here, audiences enjoyed talent shows, vaudeville, silent movies and athletic contests. Between 1928 and 1984, the . . . Map (db m122824) HM
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45 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 9 — Bring Bricks Back to Nature
With over 40,000 bricks produced a day there were bound to be a few bad bricks. As you walk deeper into the wooded trails look closely at what appears to be hills of trees and vegetation. LOOK AGAIN - these hills are the remains of . . . Map (db m122706) HM
46 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — L593 — Fitzgerald Park
Migrant Indian tribes led by the famous Chief Okemos called this area "Big Rocks." They came here in early spring to tap the sugar maples. Later, the beauty of the ledges and woods attracted the Grand Ledge Spiritualist Camp Association which, in . . . Map (db m122708) HM
47 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — S511 — Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home
Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home Here lived Frank D. Fitzgerald who served his first term as governor 1935-36. His second term, starting in January 1939, was cut short by his death in this house in March of that year. Born in Grand Ledge . . . Map (db m122729) HM
48 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — Grand Ledge 1909
Look to your left and up to see the water tank built in 1909. There, an enterprising photographer took this photograph, perhaps the first aerial view of Grand Ledge. He captured a section of the Grand River where the north and south sides were . . . Map (db m125656) HM
49 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — L1644 — Grand Ledge Chair CompanyRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Built in 1906Map (db m125646) HM
50 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — Preston's Grocery - Preston's BarMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Preston's Grocery - Preston's Bar founded in 1914 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m125591) HM
51 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 4 — Quarrying and Carrying
The large pieces of shale rock that were dynamited from the quarry were carried up to the top of this hill by mining carts and dumped into the crusher which pulverized these 400 pound slabs into a dusty chalk which was sent down to the Pug Mill room . . . Map (db m122657) HM
52 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — L0592 — Second Island
Graced by the natural beauty of these soaring sandstone ledges, Grand Ledge was once famous for its Seven Islands Resort, a recreation area centered on this island from 1870 to 1910. At the turn of the century the ledges made this city one of the . . . Map (db m182468) HM
53 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — Shane Jewelry CompanyMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Shane Jewelry Company founded in 1883 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to . . . Map (db m122826) HM
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54 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 8 — The Old Boiler Room and Sand House
The structure in front of you was referred to by many of the workers as the old boiler room, being the original boiler room for the factory. Through changes in ownership and updating of equipment this building was turned into a storehouse once . . . Map (db m122652) HM
55 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 7 — Through Fire, Depression and War - The Legend Lives On
Although currently only a partial wall of this 300 foot kiln remains, this brick factory has withstood over a century of brick production through five separate owners, a fire which spread throughout the plant in 1927, the depression era of the . . . Map (db m122705) HM
56 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 3 — What's Buried Down Below?
Looking down hill from this area you may notice a pond. Once two types of shale were processed from this quarry and used for brick making. It was said that at one time this quarry was over 60 feet deep and that during the last years of operations . . . Map (db m122653) HM
57 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 2 — Where You are Standing Wasn't Always Woods
Looking at this wooded park it is hard to imagine that from 1914 to 1947 this area was cleared of trees and was the home of up to 11 buildings which made up a brick factory. The longest of which was the kiln reaching some 300 feet from this point . . . Map (db m122660) HM
58 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge — 6 — Why Lincoln Bricks Were Better
This building, known as the New Boiler room, was attached to a unit known as the gas producers. This gas was produced from coal. Producer gas was different from illuminating gases because no by-products such as smoke or coal tar were released. . . . Map (db m122707) HM
59 Michigan, Eaton County, Grand Ledge, Delta Township — L1080 — Delta Mills Schools
On this site in 1839, residents of Delta Township built their first school. A one-room woodframe structure, it could seat sixty-five. In 1940 the building was remodeled and a second classroom was added. Although the township district was annexed to . . . Map (db m182785) HM
60 Michigan, Eaton County, Lansing — L1120 — Delta Center Methodist Church
In 1837 Methodists in Delta Township began meeting in a log schoolhouse. Served by circuit riders, they organized as a Methodist class in 1842 with two families. The class grew, and in 1865 the Reverend J. Gulic became its first appointed minister. . . . Map (db m182783) HM
61 Michigan, Eaton County, Lansing, Delta Township — L1458 — Delta Township / Delta Charter Township
Delta Township Musgrove Evans platted this area in 1827. The first settlers, Erastus and Sally Ingersoll and their twelve children, did not arrive until 1835. The township was organized in 1842. At the first township meeting, citizens chose the . . . Map (db m182784) HM
62 Michigan, Eaton County, Olivet — L1913 — First Congregational Church
The First Congregational Church grew out of the evangelical movement that swept the country during the early nineteenth century. The congregation and its anti-slavery and temperance societies were organized in 1845. Temperance activities continued . . . Map (db m216435) HM
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63 Michigan, Eaton County, Olivet — S186 — Olivet College
On February 24, 1844, the Reverend John J. “Father” Shipherd and thirty-nine followers arrived by ox-cart on this wilderness hilltop, driving their herds before them. They felt God had directed them to this oak grove for the purpose of founding a . . . Map (db m216434) HM
64 Michigan, Eaton County, Olivet — Olivet College World War I Memorial
The supreme sacrifice Pro Christo et humanitate 1914 - 1918 Henry G. Maxted John S. Lothridge A. Harold Webber Harry A. Holliday Harold J. Payette Class of 1921Map (db m216450) WM
65 Michigan, Eaton County, Olivet — Walton Township Veterans Memorial
Thank you to our veterans, past, present and future. For this that serve, we support you! For those that gave the last full measure of heir lives, we are eternally grateful. All gave some, some gave all.Map (db m216452) WM
66 Michigan, Eaton County, Olivet — Walton Township World War I Memorial
John K. Jaquette Memorial Dedicated to the memory of the soldiers, sailors, and marines from Walton Township in the World War 1917-1918Map (db m216451) WM
67 Michigan, Eaton County, Potterville — L1296 — The Potterville United Methodist Church
Side 1 The Potterville United Methodist Church was organized after the Reverend Hiram Nichols held a revival meeting in Potterville in 1867. The congregation appointed a building committee in 1875 and began work on the church in the spring . . . Map (db m125966) HM
68 Michigan, Eaton County, Sunfield, Sunfield Township — L735 — G.A.R. Hall
(side 1) The Samuel W. Grinnell Post No. 283 was granted its charter by the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) on October 6, 1884. The post operated until 1934, at which time it was disbanded. Members built this hall in 1898-99. Dedicated . . . Map (db m216648) HM
69 Michigan, Eaton County, Sunfield, Sunfield Township — Sunfield G.A.R. Hall
Sunfield G.A.R. Hall built in 1899 by Civil War Veterans of the Samuel W. Grinnell Post #283, Grand Army of the Republic. Post chartered 1884. Disbanded 1934.Map (db m216664) HM
70 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — American Legion Post 222 Veterans Memorial
Veterans' Memorial Park Built and maintained by members of American Legion Post 222 as a reminder of all of the people who gave so much that the flag of freedom still flies everyday above the land of the free!Map (db m191611) WM
71 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — Eaton and Barry Counties Vietnam Memorial
Dedicated to the Vietnam veterans of Eaton & Barry Counties who honorably served & gave their all for our great country Ronald D. Albertson - Dimondale Ellis E. Austin - Vermontville David W. Barnaby - Charlotte David W. Barrus - . . . Map (db m191561) WM
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72 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — HB54 — First Congregational Church
The Rev. Sylvester Cochrane, a Congregational minister from Vermont, first conceived of a settlement in Michigan after a visit here in 1835. Returning home he formed a group called the Union Colony, which settled in Vermontville the next year. The . . . Map (db m191516) HM
73 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — L435 — Opera House
Vermontville Opera House, completed in 1898, is still the main center of community activities. The two-story red brick structure with cutstone foundation, and an off-center tower over the front entrance, was constructed with funds solicited from the . . . Map (db m191515) HM
74 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — HB55 — Vermontville Academy
In 1836 a group from Vermont known as the Union Colony settled here. The members were determined that their children should receive a good education. The Vermontville Academical Association was formed, constructed this building, and opened it for . . . Map (db m191517) HM
75 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — Vermontville First Home
This memorial marks the site of the first dwelling erected by the Vermontville Colony in 1837 It was called "The State House" and was used to shelter the pioneer families while building their own homes.Map (db m191600) HM
76 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — Vermontville First Schoolhouse
On this plot of ground was erected The First Schoolhouse in Vermontville in 1838. It was used until a date in the early fifties, and was also occupied for church purposes from 1838 - 1844.Map (db m191599) HM
77 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville — L1218 — Vermontville United Methodist Church
A Methodist class was organized in this area in 1845. Early worship services, held in private homes and local schools, were conducted by preachers traveling the Eaton circuit. In 1859 the Michigan Methodist Conference made Vermontville a separate . . . Map (db m191520) HM
78 Michigan, Eaton County, Vermontville, Sunfield Township — Clinton Trail
An Indian path later used by pioneer settlers of MichiganMap (db m216563) HM
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Dec. 8, 2023