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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ionia County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Ionia 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> Ionia County, MI (57) Barry County, MI (39) Clinton County, MI (29) Eaton County, MI (78) Gratiot County, MI (16) Kent County, MI (99) Montcalm County, MI (22)  IoniaCounty(57) Ionia County (57)  BarryCounty(39) Barry County (39)  ClintonCounty(29) Clinton County (29)  EatonCounty(78) Eaton County (78)  GratiotCounty(16) Gratiot County (16)  KentCounty(99) Kent County (99)  MontcalmCounty(22) Montcalm County (22)
Ionia is the county seat for Ionia County
Adjacent to Ionia County, Michigan
      Barry County (39)  
      Clinton County (29)  
      Eaton County (78)  
      Gratiot County (16)  
      Kent County (99)  
      Montcalm County (22)  
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1 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Alvah N. Belding Library
Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior May 21, 1993Map (db m216061) HM
2 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — 816 — Alvah N. Belding LibraryRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Alvah N. Belding erected this library in 1917/18 as a memorial to his parents, Hiram and Mary Wilson Belding. Alvah and his brother Hiram began peddling silk around Belding (then Patterson's Mills) in 1858. With the help of their brother Milo they . . . Map (db m216178) HM
3 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — L2233 — Belding City Hall
On April 1, 1912, the citizens of Belding voted to issue a $15,000 bond to build a new city hall. At the time, the city jail was housed in an old barn and the dilapidated building rented by the city as a firehouse was called a “burning shame.” . . . Map (db m216068) HM
4 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding Civil War Memorial
In memory of the boys of 1861-1865 who offered their services for the integrity and unity of our Grand Republic during the War of the Rebellion Dan S. Root Post 126 Department of Michigan Grand Army of the Republic Organized April . . . Map (db m216677) WM
5 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding Iraqi Freedom Memorial
Desert Shield We stood behind the men & women who stood behind the line in the sand Persian Gulf War August 1990 - February 1991 Desert Storm To honor our men & women who served 1991Map (db m216680) WM
6 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding Korean War Memorial
Korean War June 25th, 1950 July 27th, 1953 And still occupied to this day The Forgotten War The first soldier from Ionia County to be killed in action was Pvt. Clayton D. Adams US Army. Adams left for Korea on July 20, 1950 . . . Map (db m216683) WM
7 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial
Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom All gave some, some gave all! This memorial is dedicated to all those who served in Afghanistan and to the heroes we lost.Map (db m216681) WM
8 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding POW/MIA Memorial
★★★ Chair of Honor ★★★ For Prisoners of War - Missing in Action ★★★ This unoccupied chair is in honor of those that are still Prisoners of War (POW)or Missing in Action (MIA), and . . . Map (db m216682) WM
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9 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding Redskin Veterans Memorial
In honor of all Belding Redskin veteransMap (db m216684) WM
10 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all who served in the. United States Armed Forces You are not forgotten Belding, MIMap (db m216676) WM
11 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Belding World War I Memorial
This memorial was erected to commemorate those who dedicated their lives to serve in the First World War April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918Map (db m216678) WM
12 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — 1747 — Belrockton Dormitory
Built in 1906, the Belrockton is the last remaining boardinghouse of the three provided by the Belding Brothers and Company for its single female workers. A major silk manufacturer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the company . . . Map (db m55242) HM
13 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — Pere Marquette Railway Depot
Pere Marquette Depot built in 1921 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m216064) HM
14 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — 2050 — Pere Marquette Railway Depot
Completed in 1923 for the Pere Marquette Railway, this depot is typical of the railroad stations that served Michigan towns during the early decades of the twentieth century. The depot replaced an earlier, wood frame station built during the 1880s . . . Map (db m216177) HM
15 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — SGT Warren C. LaneJan. 3, 1945 - Mar. 10, 1968 — Age 23 —
Belding Varsity Football jersey #61 was worn by Warren Lane, a graduate from Belding High School with the class of "63". He married Marcia, moved to Grand Rapids and entered the Army in 1966, but he will always remain a Belding son. Warren was . . . Map (db m217244) WM
16 Michigan, Ionia County, Belding — 42 — White's Bridge
This picturesque covered bridge, one of the last of its kind in Michigan, was built in 1867 by Jared N. Brazee and J.N. Walker, builders of several covered bridges in this area. The name of the bridge derives from the White family, a prominent . . . Map (db m55246) HM
17 Michigan, Ionia County, Hubbardston, North Plains Township — L2091 — St. John the Baptist Church / St. John the Baptist Cemetery
St.John the Baptist Church Organized in 1855 to serve Irish Catholic immigrants, the parish of St.John the Baptist worshipped in a simple church on the Cowman farm until 1868. That year, the parish of seventy families built this church, which . . . Map (db m217492) HM
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18 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Alonzo Woodruff - Medal Of Honor Recipient
Alonzo Woodruff Oct. 27, 1864 Hatchers Run, Va. Map (db m216314) WM
19 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — L1898 — Benjamin and Lucia Vosper House
Benjamin and Lucia Vosper House Built in 1875Map (db m215935) HM
20 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Carriage Block
This block was used as a stepping stone to get into and out of carriages. The side facing the street is inscribed with the name John C. Welch. The block originally stood in front of Welch's residence in the 500 block of West Main Street. One of . . . Map (db m216316) HM
21 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — City of Ionia Cornell Alley
Alfred Cornell, Sr., and his family came to Ionia during November, 1833. His son, Dr. Alanson Cornell, was a physician and druggist who operated a drug store at the southwest corner of Main Street and Cornell Alley. Dr. Cornell's home was on the . . . Map (db m216319) HM
22 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Downtown Ionia
The first store opened in 1834 in a rented portion of Samuel Dexter's barn. By 1845, the downtown included a hotel, tavern, wagon repair shop, drug store and the Ionia Land Office, where land purchases were made for all areas of Michigan to . . . Map (db m216307) HM
23 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Flour Mill Rollers
Jonathan Hale and Son was a mill formerly located at 227 South Steele Street. Hale operated flour and feed mills in several other Michigan cities, including Lyons and Stanton, before opening the Ionia mill in 1901. By 1907, the Ionia mill had . . . Map (db m216310) HM
24 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Founding of Ionia
This tablet is dedicated to the memory of Samuel Dexter · Erastus Yeomans · Oliver Arnold · Joel Guild · Edward Guild · Darius Winsor · and their families and Dr. William B. Lincoln · Winsor Dexter · Warner Dexter · Patrick M. Fox · Abram . . . Map (db m215982) HM
25 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Fred W. Green
- Owner of the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company in Ionia, the world's largest reed furniture factory and one of Ionia's largest employers - Investor in many business ventures in Michigan and beyond - Graduate of the University of Michigan, . . . Map (db m216322) HM
26 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — S408 — Fred W. Green
Governor of Michigan, 1927-1931, Fred W. Green was born in Manistee in 1872 and grew up in Cadillac. A partner in the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Co., he moved the business to Ionia in 1904. Attracted to politics, he served twelve terms as mayor of . . . Map (db m215975) HM
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27 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — S326 — Frederick Hall House
Captain Lucius Mills, a local builder, constructed this house for Frederick and Ann Hall in 1869-70. Built of variegated Ionia sandstone, the house is an outstanding example of the Italian Villa style. Frederick Hall came to Ionia County in 1837 . . . Map (db m215970) HM
28 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — G.A.R. Memorial
In memory of Wm. H. Borden Post No. 211 Dept. of Mich. G.A.R. In memory of Wm. H. Borden W.R.C. No. 28 Though we die We shall live again Map (db m216313) WM
29 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — L1170 — Ionia Church of Christ
In Merritt’s Hall on January 24, 1859, the Reverend Isaac Errett and forty-three members signed the original charter of the Ionia Church of Christ (First Christian Church). The first church of this denomination had been founded in nearby Muir in . . . Map (db m215974) HM
30 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Ionia County Civil War Memorial1861 - 1865
In memory of our fallen soldiers Fraternity Ionia County furnished 2464 soldiers and sailors Charity LoyaltyMap (db m216315) WM
31 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — L448 — Ionia County Courthouse
Completed in 1885, the Ionia County Courthouse is the largest structure ever built of Ionia sandstone. The handsome three-and-a-half story courthouse replaced an 1840s hall of justice, which had become inadequate for the county’s needs. David W. . . . Map (db m215952) HM
32 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Ionia County Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Korean and Vietnam veterans of Ionia County who honorably served and gave their all for our great country. Korean Conflict 1950 - 1957 Clayton D. Adams - Ionia County • Clifford C. Castle - Ionia County • Robert L. . . . Map (db m216312) WM
33 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Ionia County World War II Veterans Memorial
In memory of those from Ionia County who served in World War II 1941 - 1945Map (db m216001) WM
34 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Ionia, Michigan
Ionia was established in 1833 by Samuel Dexter. Originally, Dexter named the settlement Washington Center. The name was later changed to Ionia County Seat and then shortened to Ionia. In the mid- 1800's, Dexter's home and sawmill stood near . . . Map (db m216326) HM
35 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Ionia's First Methodist Episcopal Church
Site of Ionia's First Methodist Episcopal Church 1855 - 1873Map (db m215971) HM
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36 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — James H. Kidd
- Born in Ionia County in 1840 - Authorized to raise a company of the 6th Michigan Cavalry in 1862, and quickly rose to the rank of Colonel - Succeeded Gen. George Armstrong Custer to command his Michigan Cavalry Brigade, then served under . . . Map (db m216321) HM
37 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — L230 — John C. Blanchard / John and Harriet Blanchard House
John C. Blanchard John Celsus Blanchard (1822-1905) epitomizes the American “self-made man.” He left his home in Cayuga County, New York, at age fourteen, bound for the western frontier. Blanchard worked as a laborer in Detroit, Livingston . . . Map (db m215933) HM
38 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Julia Wheelock / Bertha Brock / Polly Dye
• Julia Wheelock (top center) - One of the area's early school teachers - Pioneering nurse during the Civil War - Early advocate for nursing education • Bertha Brock (lower left) - Ionia's premier historian - Namesake of . . . Map (db m216323) HM
39 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Large Grind Wheels and Gears from Shear Machine
This artifact reflects the industrial past of Ionia. A wide variety of industries, including furniture manufacturing, a button factory and industrial and automotive suppliers, have operated in Ionia throughout its history.Map (db m216325) HM
40 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — One Horse Plow
This one horse plow represents Ionia County's agricultural past, an important industry throughout local history. Farming became especially profitable after the railroads were built through Ionia, as it gave the farmers a quicker and more . . . Map (db m216306) HM
41 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Samuel & Anna Dexter / Erastus & Phoebe Yeomans / Dr. W.B. and Anthy Lincoln
• Samuel & Anna Dexter (top center) - Leader of the Dexter Colony that first settled the village of Ionia in 1833 - A leading businessman in Ionia • Erastus & Phoebe Yeomans (lower left) - Original settlers of the village - . . . Map (db m216320) HM
42 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — L913 — St. John's Episcopal Church and Parish House
The St. John’s Episcopal parish was established on February 4, 1841. Under the leadership of the Reverend Melancthon Hoyt, the parish constructed its first church, now the parish house, that same year. Built on land donated by Ionia’s founder, . . . Map (db m215973) HM
43 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — St. Johns Parish House
St. Johns Parish House -Erected in 1841- The first church in Ionia moved from corner to present site in 1881 -lot presented by- Hon. Samuel Dexter The founder of IoniaMap (db m215972) HM
44 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Wheel From Chesapeake & Ohio Caboose
This artifact recalls the importance of the railroads to Ionia's growth. The first railroad reached Ionia in 1857, and a second was built in 1869. In 1871-72, the Pere Marquette Railroad constructed a roundhouse and shop in Ionia to . . . Map (db m216317) HM
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45 Michigan, Ionia County, Ionia — Whetstone
Used for sharpening knives and other edge tools, this whetstone reflects Ionia's historical agricultural and meat processing industries. The trough would have been filled with water to keep the stone wet while in use.Map (db m216309) HM
46 Michigan, Ionia County, Muir — L225 — Church of Christ
In 1856 the Reverend Isaac Errett organized Disciples of Christ congregations in Montrose- (present-day Muir) and Lyons. Membership grew quickly, and in 1861 this church was built to serve Muir. The board-and-batten Gothic Revival exterior masks a . . . Map (db m215375) HM
47 Michigan, Ionia County, Pewamo — Pewamo Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all men and women of the armed forces who honorably served their country. May wherever their shadows fall be in peaceful surroundings.Map (db m215917) WM
48 Michigan, Ionia County, Pewamo — Pewamo World Wars Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Pewamo and vicinity who served in the armed forces in both World Wars 1917 - 1918 1941 - 1945Map (db m215932) WM
49 Michigan, Ionia County, Portland — L2326 — City of Portland / Portland Downtown Historic District
City of Portland In 1833, Elisha Newman filed a federal land grant for extensive land around the Looking Glass and Grand Rivers that would later become the village of Portland. Early Ionia County histories state that Philo Bogue built a . . . Map (db m182786) HM
50 Michigan, Ionia County, Portland — Portland 9/11 Memorial
This steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center is dedicated to all of the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and to all of those who aided in the rescue and recovery efforts. We Will Never . . . Map (db m189571) WM
51 Michigan, Ionia County, Portland — Portland Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Memorial
In Honor Of All Who Have Served In Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Enduring Freedom Never Forget Those Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrifice In Memory Of LCPL David A Huhn, USMCMap (db m189572) WM
52 Michigan, Ionia County, Portland — Portland Veterans Memorial
Lest we forget Dedicated to all the men and women in the Portland area, past, present and future, who served or gave their lives in time of war to defend our great nation.Map (db m189573) WM
53 Michigan, Ionia County, Portland — Railroad River Crossing
Railroads were vital to early residents for receiving goods and moving local produce to market. The first train into Portland arrived in November 1869. In 1881, in addition to freight trains, there were six passenger trains daily, three in each . . . Map (db m198483) HM
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54 Michigan, Ionia County, Saranac — 76 — Saranac
In 1836, when Saranac was settled, the upper Grand River Valley was a promising but undeveloped area. The soil was fertile; Lake Creek provided water power; and the river was navigable to Grand Rapids. The town grew slowly until 1857, when the . . . Map (db m55248) HM
55 Michigan, Ionia County, Saranac — 253 — The Roadside Table
Here on old U.S. 16 in Boston Township, Ionia County, the first picnic table along a highway right-of-way was placed in 1929 through the initiative of Allan Williams, county engineer. The table was built of salvage planks formerly used as . . . Map (db m55249) HM
56 Michigan, Ionia County, Saranac, Berlin Township — Sessions School HouseBuilt 1847
Doubtless the oldest cobble-stone school house now standing in Michigan Restored by the board of supervisors of Ionia County in 1918Map (db m216328) HM
57 Michigan, Ionia County, Smyrna — 1063 — Smyrna
In 1843 Calvin Smith became the first white settler in the area. N.G. Chase opened a store here the following year. When Dr. Wilbur Fisher, the area's pioneer physician, began operating a rural post office in 1848, he named the community Smyrna . . . Map (db m55244) HM
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May. 30, 2023