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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hillsdale County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Hillsdale 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> Hillsdale County, MI (66) Branch County, MI (79) Calhoun County, MI (138) Jackson County, MI (130) Lenawee County, MI (157) Steuben County, IN (58) Fulton County, OH (109) Williams County, OH (92)  HillsdaleCounty(66) Hillsdale County (66)  BranchCounty(79) Branch County (79)  CalhounCounty(138) Calhoun County (138)  JacksonCounty(130) Jackson County (130)  LenaweeCounty(157) Lenawee County (157)  SteubenCountyIndiana(58) Steuben County (58)  FultonCountyOhio(109) Fulton County (109)  WilliamsCounty(92) Williams County (92)
Hillsdale is the county seat for Hillsdale County
Adjacent to Hillsdale County, Michigan
      Branch County (79)  
      Calhoun County (138)  
      Jackson County (130)  
      Lenawee County (157)  
      Steuben County, Indiana (58)  
      Fulton County, Ohio (109)  
      Williams County, Ohio (92)  
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1 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Allen — Allen Civil War Monument
Forty two years after the surrender at Appomattox, this monument is dedicated to the memory of heroic men who imperilled their lives for the preservation of the Union Erected by a comrade who, by the fortunes of war, was permitted to . . . Map (db m66786) WM
2 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Allen — Allen World War Honor Roll
1917 - World War - 1918 Honor Roll Avery, Ora - Baggerly, E.A. - Baggerly, Max † - Barber, Wm. J. - Beers, Robert - Byard, Leonard - Carpenter, Leo - Clickner, Solon - Clobridge, Dence - Combs, Samuel † - Craddock, Ray - Crapo, Walter . . . Map (db m165551) WM
3 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Allen — Allens' Own Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
Civil War Captain William G. Whitney 1840 - 1915 Born: Allen, Michigan Company B Eleventh Michigan Infantry Medal of Honor Award: September 20, 1863 Chickamauga, Georgia Vietnam War Staff Sergeant James Leroy Bondsteel . . . Map (db m66785) HM WM
4 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Allen — Assistant Chief Wilson
Assistant Chief Wilson End of watch: December 21, 1954 2130 Hours Age: 35 Years of service: 4 Village police officers Ivan Wilson and Gerald Chase stopped Elmer Anderson for having a light out. Unbeknownst to the officers, . . . Map (db m165550) HM
5 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Allen — L1899C — Captain Moses Allen
Moses Allen fought in the War of 1812, later serving as a captain in the Michigan militia. He became the first "white settler" in present-day Hillsdale County, settling here in April 1827, two years after working on the Chicago Road (present-day . . . Map (db m66775) HM
6 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Allen — Site of First Log Cabin in Hillsdale County
Near here in the spring of 1827 Moses Allen built the first log cabin in Hillsdale CountyMap (db m159675) HM
7 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Cambria — Leavitt
The people honored here are members of an American pioneering family. This brief history is their story. In 1628, young John Leavitt, newly arrived in America, became a settler at Hingham, Massachusetts. Two wives, Mary Lovett and Sarah . . . Map (db m204002) HM
8 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Camden — Camden Cemetery Veterans Memorial
In honor of those who served Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15:13Map (db m203993) WM
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9 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Camden — Chester Park Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who served our country gallantlyMap (db m203994) WM
10 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Camden — Where Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio Meet
130 feet south is the point where Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio meet.Map (db m62129) HM
11 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — American Legion Veterans Memorial
In memory of those veterans who gave their lives in the defense of their countryMap (db m222025) WM
12 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — American Legion World War I Memorial Tree
Pine tree planted November 11, 1920 In memory of those who gave their all in World War IMap (db m199755) WM
13 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L2299 — Camp Woodbury / Lewis Emery Park
Camp Woodbury On July 2, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for troops for the Union Army. Men from Monroe, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties met in Hillsdale to form the Eighteenth Michigan Infantry Regiment. Local mill . . . Map (db m165558) HM
14 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L1275 — College Baptist Church
This church was incorporated as the First Free Will Baptist Church on November 24, 1855. The congregation met at the Hillsdale College Chapel until the present church was constructed in 1867-68. This Romanesque building was designed by a Chicago . . . Map (db m32250) HM
15 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — D.A.V.-V.F.W. Veterans Memorial
D.A.V. 68 V.F.W. 7301 1914-1918 WWI 1939-1945 WWII 1950-1953 Korea 1963-1973 Vietnam We honor the dead by helping the living Hillsdale CountyMap (db m199750) WM
16 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Amphitheater
This amphitheater is dedicated to the memory of Dorothy and Joseph Moller, whose service to our country in peace and war is exemplary, and whose kindness and generosity to this College are unsurpassed. Dorothy was a member of the Board of . . . Map (db m199767) HM WM
17 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Frederick Douglass
Dedicated May 12, 2017 in proud recognition of the speech given at Hillsdale College by Frederick Douglass on January 21, 1863 Neither law, learning, nor religion, is addressed to any man's color or race. Science, education, the word of God, . . . Map (db m199758) HM
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18 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — S294 — Hillsdale
The plat for the village of Hillsdale was filed in July, 1839, though the first settlement probably occurred a few years previously. Before that time this area had been inhabited mainly by a band of Potawatomi Indians led by their chief, Baw Beese. . . . Map (db m33598) HM
19 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — 230 — Hillsdale College
In 1844 a group of Freewill Baptists organized Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor. This college was the first in Michigan to grant degrees to women. Moved to Hillsdale in 1853 and chartered by the legislature in 1855, the school was renamed . . . Map (db m34216) HM
20 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale College Mission Statement
Hillsdale College is an independent, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women "grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and "believing that the diffusion of . . . Map (db m199766) HM
21 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County Desert Storm Memorial
In Appreciation to the Hillsdle County men and women who served in the U.S.A. and overseas during Operation Desert Storm. Mothers Of The Military and their supportersMap (db m199749) WM
22 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County Heritage
This bronze and concrete sculpture expresses Hillsdale County's heritage. The branch at the top of the open circle symbolizes the original deep forestland; the curve of the hills at the bottom the glacially contoured terrain. The figures moving . . . Map (db m199753) HM
23 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County Veteran Of The Year
1962 Walter Ferris • 1963 Frank Gaskill • 1964 George Vanzandt • 1965 Virgil Cummins • 1966 Lloyd Kelly • 1967 Marion Simmons • 1968 Miles Ansbaugh • 1969 Robert Scott • 1970 Charles Lane • 1971 Floyd Bordner • 1972 Harold . . . Map (db m199675) WM
24 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County World War II & Korean Conflict Memorial
In honor of the men and women who served our country during World War II and the Korean Conflict God is our refuge and strength PS 4.61Map (db m199751) WM
25 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Kresge PlazaDedicated October 14, 2005
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. John Milton In 1975, The Kresge Foundation recognized Hillsdale College for . . . Map (db m199757) HM
26 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Liberty Tree Descendent
This Tulip Poplar is a direct bud-grafted descendent of the 600 year-old historic Liberty Tree under which the Sons of Liberty of Maryland read the Declaration of Independence in 1776. When the magnificent historic tree fell in 1999 . . . Map (db m199765) HM
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27 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Lorado Taft Statue of 1895
To recognize the Civil War Honor of more than 500 Hillsdale College soldiers who dutifully answered the call of their county. Alpha Kappa Phi Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion Oliver C. Adkinson, 140th Imd. Inf. • S. L. Armstrong, . . . Map (db m199759) WM
28 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Potter's Field
Oak Grove Cemetery was privately owned when a section was set aside for its Potter's Field. This was a place for the indigent to be laid to rest. About fifty people are buried here, with some in the woods and most without a grave marker. The . . . Map (db m165571) HM
29 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L1985 — Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
In 1839 Episcopalians held the first church service in Hillsdale. Saint Peter's Church was organized in 1844. The original Gothic Revival church dates from 1859 and forms the sanctuary of the present church. Saint Peter's housed the first pipe organ . . . Map (db m33602) HM
30 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L2290 — Sandy Beach / Baw Beese Lake
Sandy Beach People began using Sandy Beach as a popular, but informal, swimming spot in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1955 nine Hillsdale County residents formed the Baw Beese Memorial Park Association to acquire and convert . . . Map (db m160830) HM
31 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L1645 — St. Anthony's Catholic Church
The origins of Catholicism in Hillsdale County date to the 1840s when Irishmen who worked for the Southern Railroad settled here. In 1853 the Reverend Joseph Kindekens of Adrian and eighty-five people organized St. Anthony's parish. The former . . . Map (db m33601) HM
32 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Sultana
Dedicated to the memory of the 280 Michigan Civil War soldiers who lost their lives in America's worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the steamship "Sultana." These men were among more than 2,200 Union soldiers returning home from Confederate . . . Map (db m33960) HM
33 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Taylor - Moore & Co.Michigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Taylor-Moore & Co. founded in 1894 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the economic . . . Map (db m199756) HM
34 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — The Oak Grove Cemetery Association
The Oak Grove Cemetery Association held it first meeting November 21, 1859, with by-laws and constitution adopted six months later. During the Civil War, the Cemetery fell into disrepair and became "a disgrace to our town." In 1867, "The Ladies . . . Map (db m165570) HM
35 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — The Will Carleton Poor House
This stone building is a part of the poorhouse that inspired Will Carleton's well-known poem "Over the Hill to the Poorhouse."Map (db m32361) HM
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36 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Victory Bell
. . . Map (db m199762) HM
37 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Wilhelmina Stock
Mrs. Nancy Stock Sessions Mrs. Stock was born Wilhelmina Augusta Seidel in the Pommern province of Prussia in 1840. She came to this country in 1855 and married Fredrick W. Stock in 1858. Together they had eight children, five sons and three . . . Map (db m199748) HM
38 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Winona
The Heritage Association 2017 Winona Daughter of The Chief Daughter of Chief Baw Beese, leader of the Native American Potawatomi Clan, Winona lived in the region of Hillsdale County around the 1830's. Winona's mother was a French . . . Map (db m199676) HM
39 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale, Ward 4 — L2337 — Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
In 1849 the Reverend Wilhelm Hattstaedt founded a Lutheran congregation in Hillsdale. It was organized in 1854 under the Reverend Phillip Trautmann as the German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church. Construction on this building began in 1854, . . . Map (db m220422) HM
40 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hudson — Locust Corners Cemetery(aka) North Pittsford Burying Ground
In Tribute and Honor of Veterans of Families in the Pittsford Township Area Who Fought in The Civil War 1861-1865 Alpaugh, Aron B. • Fitch, James H. Benson, Ephraim W. • Foster, Byron D. Brant, William E. • Golden, Worden Chilson, . . . Map (db m159917) WM
41 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville — Father Gabriel Richard
Priest Educator-Statesman Secured funds in 1825 through the United States Congress for the survey of the Great Sauk Trail now U.S. Highway 112 thus opening this artery of civilization into the westMap (db m32219) HM
42 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville — L0084 — Grace Episcopal Church
William N. Lyster, Irish-born missionary, preached in Jonesville in 1836, and Darius Barker organized the parish in 1838. A church featuring Classical and Gothic styling was begun in 1844 and consecrated by Bishop Samuel McCoskry in 1848. Panelling . . . Map (db m32190) HM
43 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville — Grand Army Of The Republic Civil War Memorial
In memory of the soldiers who fought in the wars of our country G.A.R.Map (db m161194) WM
44 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville — L500 — Grosvenor House
Completed in 1874, this structure of High Victorian Italianate design is one of the most magnificent residences in Michigan. The interior, an excellent example of a living museum of the 1870s, contains thirty-two rooms with twelve-foot ceilings. . . . Map (db m33656) HM
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45 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville — Jonesville Veterans Memorial
In Honor of All VeteransMap (db m165575) WM
46 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville, Fayette Township — First House in Jonesville
Near this spot in 1828 Benaiah Jones Built the first house in Jonesville 1828 - 1928Map (db m220360) HM
47 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville, Fayette Township — Hillsdale County National BankMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Hillsdale County National Bank Grosvenor Office Founded in 1854 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan . . . Map (db m220340) HM
48 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville, Fayette Township — L2293 — J.J. Deal and Son Carriage Factory / Kiddie Brush and Toy Company
J.J. Deal And Son Carriage Factory: Around 1865 blacksmith Jacob J. Deal began to build and repair carriages, wagons, sleighs and carts in Jonesville. He had a manufacturing complex on this site by 1884. Jacob’s son, George, became a partner . . . Map (db m220293) HM
49 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Jonesville, Fayette Township — Powers Clothing
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Powers Clothing Founded in 1890 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the economic . . . Map (db m220285) HM
50 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Litchfield — L0814 — Congregational Church of Litchfield
Twenty charter members, led by the Reverend Elisha Buck, established this church on July 14, 1839. Founded as a Presbyterian mission, it was reorganized under the congregational polity by the Reverend J.J. Bliss in 1844. At first, worship services . . . Map (db m63316) HM
51 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Litchfield — Litchfield World War II Memorial1941-1945
In memory of those men and women from Litchfield and vicinity who gave their all in World War II Harold L. Bingley U. S. Navy Java Sea Feb. 28, 1942 Edwin E. Colon U. S. Army Philippines July 1, 1943 Donald L. Weese U. S. . . . Map (db m165564) WM
52 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Litchfield — Robert Benjamin
Asst. Chief Litchfield Fire Dept. Died in line of duty Jan. 29, 1979 17 years serviceMap (db m165559) HM
53 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Litchfield — Rose Hartwick Thorpe
Composer, in Litchfield in 1865, of the poem "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight"Map (db m165561) HM
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54 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Litchfield — L2282 — Wayside Memorial Park
In 1945-46 the Litchfield Garden Club created this park on land donated by the Litchfield Dairy Association. The club's Memorial Committee, composed of Jessie Bowersox, Martha Beauchampet and Pauline Kropschot, used landscaping and green . . . Map (db m165562) HM
55 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Montgomery, Camden Township — American Legion Veterans Memorial
In memory of all those who servedMap (db m222024) WM
56 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Moscow — L1310 — Michigan and Ohio Railroad Depot
A grand celebration and a baseball game greeted the Michigan and Ohio Railroad when its track reached Moscow on September 4, 1883. This Stick Style station, completed the following month, was "quite an ornament to the place," according to the . . . Map (db m66791) HM
57 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Mosherville — L653A — Mosherville Church / Mosherville School
(Obverse Side) Mosherville Church The Mosherville Church was built in 1861-62 on land donated by Joseph and Mary Riggs. Originally part of the Litchfield circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church, it became the home church of a . . . Map (db m66790) HM
58 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Pittsford — Pittsford World War Memorial1917 AEF 1919
Erected to the memory of the heroes of this community who offered and gave their lives for their country and humanity in the late World War Lieut. Jay D. Nichols Died Dec. 11, 1918 Camp Travis Texas - Killed in Action, France - Pvt. . . . Map (db m165557) WM
59 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Prattville — Squaw-Field
Site of the last camp of the tribe of Pottawattomie Indians under Chief Baw Beese moved to Iowa 1840Map (db m165574) HM
60 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Ransom — Joel Doty Cemetery
Burial Site of Ransom TWP. First Settler 1836 Rowaland Bird 1793-1840Map (db m203996) HM
61 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Ransom — Ransom Veterans Memorial
To commemorate the service of all men and women of the community and of those who gave their lives for their country in all warsMap (db m165553) WM
62 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Reading — Reading American Legion Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m204009) WM
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63 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Reading — Reading Civil War Memorial
Remember The Soldier Dead Bull Run • Pittsburg Landing • Chaplain [Chaplin] Hill • Gettysburg Gain[e]s Mills • Petersburg • Atlanta • Nashville Cold Harbor • Chancellorsville • Champion Hill • Chattanooga . . . Map (db m204004) WM
64 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Reading — Veterans Memorial
In memory of those from our community who gave their lives for our country World War I Floyd M. Holcomb • Steven D. McKinley World War II Lewis D. Cook • Leroy W Marsh • Ralph G. McClellan • Harvey C. Price • Richard . . . Map (db m204008) WM
65 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Somerset — Somerset General Store1871
On the Old Sauk Trail, later known as the Detroit-Chicago Turnpike, George A. Smith erected this building for use as a general store to serve local residents and travelers. Frank R. Smith was proprietor when his brother in law, Andrew . . . Map (db m165572) HM
66 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Somerset Center — S0624 — W. H. L. McCourtie / W. H. L. McCourtie Estate
W. H. L. McCourtie Somerset Center native W. H. L. McCourtie (1872-1933) was introduced to the cement industry by W. F. Cowham of Jackson in 1897. McCourtie soon went to Dallas, Texas, where he made a fortune speculating in oil and established . . . Map (db m33416) HM
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