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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kent County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Kent 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> Kent County, MI (99) Allegan County, MI (52) Barry County, MI (39) Ionia County, MI (57) Montcalm County, MI (22) Muskegon County, MI (16) Newaygo County, MI (5) Ottawa County, MI (72)  KentCounty(99) Kent County (99)  AlleganCounty(52) Allegan County (52)  BarryCounty(39) Barry County (39)  IoniaCounty(57) Ionia County (57)  MontcalmCounty(22) Montcalm County (22)  MuskegonCounty(16) Muskegon County (16)  NewaygoCounty(5) Newaygo County (5)  OttawaCounty(72) Ottawa County (72)
Grand Rapids is the county seat for Kent County
Adjacent to Kent County, Michigan
      Allegan County (52)  
      Barry County (39)  
      Ionia County (57)  
      Montcalm County (22)  
      Muskegon County (16)  
      Newaygo County (5)  
      Ottawa County (72)  
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1 Michigan, Kent County, Ada — L0075 — Ada Covered Bridge
An act of the legislature in 1867 authorized Ada Township to borrow up to $3000 for the purpose of building or repairing bridges in the township. This bridge was built about that time, apparently by William Holmes. The design for the trusses was . . . Map (db m182789) HM
2 Michigan, Kent County, Byron Center — L1451 — Byron Township Hall
Byron Township Hall was built in 1876. Byron Center had been platted four years earlier from the Samuel S. Towner farm which was located in the geographic center of the township. The hall housed the township library until 1963 and continued to house . . . Map (db m176439) HM
3 Michigan, Kent County, Caledonia, Caledonia Township — American Legion Post 305 Veterans Memorial
In memory of all those who have given their lives in the service of our country 1776 - 1918 for God and country In memoirium World War II and the Korean War 1954 In memorium Vietnam War 12-22-61 ---- 5-7-75 . . . Map (db m216909) WM
4 Michigan, Kent County, Caledonia, Caledonia Township — L478 — David Kinsey Home
David Kinsey, the founder of Caledonia village, settled on this site on April 13, 1856. He replaced his temporary lodging, a board shanty, with a plank house shortly after he arrived. Occasionally, Indians would be found sleeping on the first floor . . . Map (db m216775) HM
5 Michigan, Kent County, Comstock Park — L1417 — Alpine Township Hall
In 1847, Alpine Township was set apart from Walker Township at a meeting held in a schoolhouse in present-day Comstock Park. Edward Wheeler was elected supervisor. Subsequent meetings were held in a log school one-half mile east of here on the . . . Map (db m176424) HM
6 Michigan, Kent County, Comstock Park, Algoma Township — L2241 — Pine Island Drive Bridge
The Pine Island Drive Bridge is a rare Michigan example of a reinforced concrete rainbow arch bridge. A type of through arch design, this bridge, built between 1922 and 1924, replaced a steel truss bridge. The low river banks at the crossing of the . . . Map (db m176423) HM
7 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S641 — 126th Infantry
The 126th Infantry Regiment has been in active military service since 1855. The regiment began as militia companies in Grand Rapids. They provided the core of the Third Michigan Infantry Regiment, which served in the Civil War. After the war, . . . Map (db m199196) HM
8 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S235 — Aquinas College
Aquinas had its beginning in 1887 as the Novitiate Normal School of the Dominican Sisters of Marywood. In 1922 it became Marywood College of the Sacred Heart. When the college was moved downtown in 1931, it became the coeducational Catholic Junior . . . Map (db m199193) HM
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9 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L803 — Barber Briggs House
Barber and Mary Swan Briggs migrated to the Ann Arbor area from New York State in 1834. They moved to a large parcel of land near Grand Rapids in 1850, clearing it for a farm and constructing this house in 1850-52. Their son Edward served in the . . . Map (db m202669) HM
10 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Baw-wa-ting
This area is dedicated to the Ottawa Indian village site that existed along this riverbank, many centuries before the coming of non-natives in this area. It is the heart of a large native community that continues in this region. Descendants of the . . . Map (db m176510) HM
11 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S682 — Baw-wa-ting
Long before contact with Euro-Americans, Native Americans lived near Baw-wa-ting, “the rapids.” Some 2000 years ago Hopewellian Indians built numerous burial mounds in the area. This mound group became known as the Converse Mounds. As early as the . . . Map (db m176443) HM
12 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L2194 — Benjamins-Spring House
Leonard Benjamins (1840-1902) emigrated from the Netherlands with his family in 1847, settling in the Grand Rapids area. In 1868 he started a clothing business that operated for thirty years. Around 1886, he constructed this stately Queen Anne house . . . Map (db m176449) HM
13 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Betty FordBorn: April 8, 1918 - Died: July 8, 2011 — Betty Ford was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 —
Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Bloomer was born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids. She became an accomplished dancer and was fashion coordinator for Herpolsheimer's Department Store. On October 15, 1948, she married Gerald R. Ford. Together they had . . . Map (db m176431) HM
14 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Bishop Frederic Baraga
Born 1797 Ordained a Priest 1823 Consecrated a Bishop 1853 Died 1868 Proclaimed Venerable 2012Map (db m168170) HM
15 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L2303 — Boy Scout Troop 15 / Eagle Scout Gerald "Junior" Ford
Boy Scout Troop 15. In 1918, eight years after the Boy Scouts of America incorporated, Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church chartered Boy Scout Troop 15 with a membership of twenty-six boys. The troop number changed to 215 in the 1940s. Among . . . Map (db m176452) HM
16 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L0852 — Cascade Christian Church
Established in 1864, the Cascade Christian Church is the oldest of its brotherhood in Kent County. Alfred Stow and his parents, Zebulon and Edytha, who settled in the area in the early 1860s led the efforts to organize the church. The Stows had also . . . Map (db m182788) HM
17 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L2000 — Cascade Township Hall
Built in 1898, Cascade Township Hall is a rare example of a well-preserved nineteenth century frame town hall. Cascade Township was established on April 3, 1848, when the state legislature set off Ada and Cascade Townships north and south of the . . . Map (db m182787) HM
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18 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L2031 — Central High School
Side A The first Central High School opened in a stone building three blocks to the west. The state legislature instituted high school grading in 1859, and the first Central High School graduation was held in 1862. Two successively larger . . . Map (db m99990) HM
19 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1683C — Central Reformed Church
Side A Central Reformed Church was formed on April 23, 1918, by the merger of the first two Reformed churches in the Grand Rapids area: the First Reformed, an English-speaking church organized in 1840; and the Second Reformed, a . . . Map (db m99981) HM
20 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Creston World War II Memorial
In Memoriam Erected 1943 in honor of all who sacrificed during World War No. II (Names not transcribed)Map (db m115972) WM
21 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Final Resting Place of Gerald R. Ford
Beyond these gates is the final resting place of our Nation's 38th President Gerald R. Ford and his wife Elizabeth R. Ford President of the United States 1974 -1977 Vice President of the United States 1973 - 1974 United States House of . . . Map (db m99970) HM
22 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L0850A — First (Park) Congregational Church
On September 18, 1836, twenty-two persons, under the direction of the Reverend Silas Woodbury of Kalamazoo, founded one of the first Protestant congregations in Grand Rapids. Initially a Presbyterian parish, the church was reorganized under the . . . Map (db m99986) HM
23 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L2323 — Fountain Street Baptist Church / Fountain Street Church
Fountain Street Baptist Church In 1869, the Reverends Nathan A. Reed and Isaac Butterfield merged their two churches into the Baptist Church of the City of Grand Rapids. The Reverend Dr. Samuel T. Graves served as pastor until 1885, when he . . . Map (db m176448) HM
24 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S0132 — Furniture Industry
The first cabinet maker in Grand Rapids was William Haldane, who in 1837 set up a shop in his home at the corner of Pearl and Ottawa Sts. During the ensuing decades Grand Rapids attracted increasing numbers of furniture craftsmen. Under able . . . Map (db m176435) HM
25 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Gerald R. Ford1913 - 2006
President of the United States 1974 -1977 Vice President of the United States 1973 - 1974 United States House of Representatives 1949 - 1973 United States Navy 1942 - 1946I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president with your . . . Map (db m99968) HM
26 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S648 — Gerald R. Ford Boyhood Home / President Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford Boyhood Home Gerald R. Ford, the thirty-eighth president of the U.S., lived here from age 8 to 17 (1921-1930). Of all his boyhood homes, Ford remembered this one most vividly. In his autobiography, Ford recalled that he and . . . Map (db m176451) HM
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27 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Veterans Memorial and Honor Roll
1941 - 1945 1950 - 1953 They Perished Defending Us Hundreds of names on several granet pillars in Veterans ParkMap (db m100032) WM
28 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Grand River Bridges
Grand Rapids is a city divided by the Grand River. In its earliest days, settlers crossed the river in small boats or canoes, or on frozen ice during the winter and temporary foot bridges in the summer. The need to tie the city together led to . . . Map (db m153292) HM
29 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Great Flood of 1904
The Grand River’s greatest rampage came on March 24, 1904, when waters rose to 20.4 feet, more than seven feet above flood stage. Warm days and heavy rains had melted winter snow, and ice breaking up in the river created a dam at the Grand Trunk . . . Map (db m153295) HM
30 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — 39 — Holmdene
1906-1908 Construction years--under the direction of Edward Lowe and Susan Blodgett Lowe 1908-1938 Residence of the Lowe Family 1939-1945 Administration/classroom building of the University of Grand Rapids 1945- . . . Map (db m199195) HM
31 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1575 — John Isaac Cutler House
In 1853, John and Christina Cutler and their ten children came to this area from New York and founded the town of Cutlerville. In 1891 Cutler’s son John Isaac built a three-story brick house. The interior was embellished with hardwood and heated by . . . Map (db m176438) HM
32 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Kent County Civil War Monument & Fountain
In Honor of the Soldiers from Kent County 1861 - 1865 Erected 1885Map (db m95407) WM
33 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L120 — Ladies Literary Club
In 1870, six women who had been meeting for a year to study history, organized Grand Rapids' first Ladies Literary Association. The group was also instrumental in opening the first public library in the city that same year. In 1882 the association . . . Map (db m99985) HM
34 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Log Jam of 1883
One of the most devastating events in Grand Rapids’ history occurred on the morning of July 26, 1883. Two weeks of record-setting rains had raised the Grand River to flood stage. When lumbermen tried to take advantage of the high water to float . . . Map (db m153293) HM
35 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S0694 — Mathias Alten Home & Studio / Mathias Alten
Mathias Alten Home & Studio Grand Rapids painter Mathias Joseph Alten and his wife, Bertha, bought this house in 1914. Built in 1907, it was Alten's home and, from 1930 to 1938, his studio. Alten, who emigrated from Germany to Grand Rapids . . . Map (db m176453) HM
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36 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1342 — May House
This house was built in 1908-09 for local clothier Meyer S. May and his wife. Sophie Amber. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house in the prairie style. It was his first major commission in Michigan. May was the son of Abraham May, founder of May and . . . Map (db m170291) HM
37 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L915A — McCabe-Marlowe HouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Built between 1865 and 1870 by James and Hannah Gallup, this Victorian style villa is one of the oldest homes in the Heritage Hill Historic District. Gallup and his family lived here until 1896. The house was later owned by several prominent Grand . . . Map (db m99991) HM
38 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S0719 — Monroe Avenue Water Filtration Plant / The Beginning of Water Fluoridation
Monroe Avenue Water Filtration Plant During the late nineteenth century, Grand Rapids residents relied on private companies to provide purified drinking water. As the city grew, so did the need for clean water. In 1900 a city-owned facility . . . Map (db m176429) HM
39 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — NoahquageshikOgema (Chief) of the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians — ca 1770-1840 —
Noahquageshik, also referenced as Nawquageezhig and "Chief Noonday," was a very influential Grand river Ottawa Anishinabe (Original People) leader. At the turn of the 19th century, he was one of the Ogemuk (Chiefs) who led bands of the Ottawa . . . Map (db m176441) HM
40 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Paul Steketee & SonsMichigan Centennial Business
Michigan Centennial Business This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan In Recognition of Paul Steketee & Sons Founded in 1862 For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan . . . Map (db m176436) HM
41 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — President Gerald R. Ford, Jr. - Distinguished Eagle Scout
President Gerald R. Ford, Jr. Distinguished Eagle Scout 38th President of the United States of America This sculpture of President Gerald R. Ford, as a 14-year old Eagle Scout, was created by artist Charles C. Parks and proudly presented to . . . Map (db m198989) HM
42 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Purple Heart MemorialCombat Wounded Veterans
Dedicated to the men and women wounded in all our wars preserving the freedom of the United States Combat Wounded My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country's way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind . . . Map (db m190049) WM
43 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Roger B. Chaffee
Roger B. Chaffee Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy 1935-1967 Grand Rapids Native - US Navy Aviator - NASA Astronaut Roger Chaffee perished during a test of Apollo 1 on 27 January 1967 with crewmates Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward . . . Map (db m189913) HM
44 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — Shrine of Our Lady War Dead Memorial
Shrine Of Our Lady War Dead Memorial Planned, Funded and Erected By Aquinas College Students 1948-1953 In Memory Of Stephen Paul Hansknecht Class of 1983 Presented by His HamilyMap (db m176474) WM
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45 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L0479 — Sixth Street Bridge
The Massillon Bridge Company of Ohio built this $31,000, four-span bridge for Grand Rapids in 1886. The rust-resistant wrought iron used in its four Pratt trusses accounts for its durability. In 1921 the western truss was shortened when the west . . . Map (db m176446) HM
46 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1593 — St. Andrew's Cemetery
On August 5, 1852, Father Charles Louis DeCeuninck purchased ten acres of land for the formation of Saint Andrew’s Cemetery. The land was deeded to Bishop Lefevere on December 7, 1852. It was the first permanent Catholic cemetery in Grand Rapids. . . . Map (db m176450) HM
47 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — St. Cecilia Music Society
St. Cecilia Music Society Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places December 9, 1971Map (db m176477) HM
48 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L691A — The Castle
Designed by local architect William G. Robinson, this castle-like edifice was constructed in 1884-86 for Colonel E. Crofton Fox and his brother Charles. Built of granite block imported from Scotland, this house is a fine example of Chateauesque . . . Map (db m99984) HM
49 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — The Grand River
The Grand, Michigan’s longest river, rises from a spring-fed pond near Jackson and flows 270 miles westward before emptying into Lake Michigan. Formed more than 13,000 years ago by melting glaciers of the last Ice Age, the ancient Grand changed its . . . Map (db m153294) HM
50 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S0729 — Thrifty Acres
In 1962, grocers Hendrik and Fred Meijer pioneered the combination of two popular retail models, discount department stores and supermarkets, in a single store. At this site, on June 5, they opened an 80,000 square-foot addition to the 20,000 . . . Map (db m176426) HM
51 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1125 — Valley City Milling Company
In 1884 William N. Rowe, Conrad G. Swensberg, M. S. Crosby, and R. M. Lawrence founded the Valley City Milling Company in Grand Rapids. The company, which at first milled flour, expanded to include horse feed in 1893. Incorporated in 1894, it . . . Map (db m176442) HM
52 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1438 — Vandenberg Center / Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg
Vandenberg Center Vandenberg Center encompasses 12.5 acres lying to the northeast of this site. It was part of the land originally registered on September 19, 1831, by Louis Campau, Grand Rapids’s first permanent settler. Campau platted the . . . Map (db m176447) HM
53 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1254B — Veterans' Cemetery
In April 1886, the Board of Managers of the Michigan Veterans' Facility set aside five acres for a cemetery. The Grand Rapids Post of the Grand Army of the Republic dedicated the cemetery on Memorial Day, May 31, 1886. The original cemetery was . . . Map (db m176444) HM
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54 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1254A — Veterans' Facility
The Michigan Veterans’ Facility (formerly the Michigan Soldiers’ Home) was authorized by Act 152 of the Public Acts of 1885, which provided for the establishment of a home for disabled Michigan veterans. This act resulted from the efforts of Civil . . . Map (db m176445) HM
55 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — L1603 — Villa Maria
Villa Maria was founded by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in 1904 as a haven for destitute young women. Many girls came here seeking shelter from negligent or abusive families; in later years some were referred by social service agencies. Villa . . . Map (db m199004) HM
56 Michigan, Kent County, Grand Rapids — S419A — Voigt HouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
This elegant and perfectly preserved Victorian mansion was built for Carl G. A. Voigt in 1895. Voigt came to Grand Rapids in 1870 and ran a mill and dry goods store with W. G. Herpolsheimer. In 1902, when the partnership ended, Voigt took over the . . . Map (db m99983) HM
57 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — 1580 — Alton Pioneer Village
In the early 1830s the settlement known as Alton grew up in this vicinity. A log schoolhouse, the first in the township, was built on this corner in 1839. In 1842, Gideon Hendricks and Newcomb Godfrey organized the Christian Church Society, and . . . Map (db m55251) HM
58 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — 197 — Fallasburg Covered Bridge
John W. and Silas S. Fallas settled here in 1837, founding a village which soon boasted a chair factory, sawmill, and gristmill. About 1840 the first of several wooden bridges was placed across the Flat River, but all succumbed in a short time to . . . Map (db m55253) HM
59 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — 1265 — Fallasburg Pioneer Village
(side 1) Fallasburg was settled in 1837 by two brothers from Tompkins County, New York. In 1839, John Wesley Fallas purchased the northwest quarter of section 24 and laid plans for a village. His brother, Silas S., also purchased land at . . . Map (db m55255) HM
60 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — First Trading Post in Kent County
The first trading post in Kent County was located on trail 44 rods to the south of this spot Established about 1800, by Joseph La Framboise, kept by him until he was killed in 1809, and by his wife until bought by Rix Robinson and moved to Ada . . . Map (db m216760) HM
61 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — Fur Trade in LowellWhere The Rivers Meet
The Cabin This interpretive cabin is located on the site commemorated by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1921 as the site of "The first trading post" in Lowell. The large stone marker gave directions close to this location. The . . . Map (db m216758) HM
62 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — 1348 — John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas
John Wesley Fallas House John Wesley Fallas built this house in 1842 in the village which bears his family name. Fallas platted the village on land he purchased from the U.S. government in 1839. That year, after a bridge had been built . . . Map (db m55254) HM
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63 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — Joseph and Magdelaine LaFramboiseWhere The Rivers Meet
Joseph LaFramboise Sr. 1765-1806 The first trading post in the Lowell area was built by Joseph LaFramboise who traded along the Grand River as early as 1793. While its exact location is not known, it was built on the north bank, west of . . . Map (db m216759) HM
64 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — L1242 — Orlando J. Odell House/ Vergennes Post Office
Orlando J. Odell House Vergennes Post Office Built C. 1845Map (db m215388) HM
65 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — 126 — Robert W. Graham HomeRegistered Michigan Historic Site
In 1873 Robert W. Graham designed and built this Italianate structure as a two-family residence. A native of England, Graham settled in Lowell in 1858. Here he worked as a brick mason, a farmer and a merchant. Graham's son Ernest, an architect, . . . Map (db m55252) HM
66 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell — L0574 — Vergennes United Methodist Church
In 1843 a group of twelve emigrants from New England and western New York State founded the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Vergennes. Originally part of the circuit running from Grand Rapids to Boston, Michigan, the group first met at the log . . . Map (db m182790) HM
67 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Alton Veteran Memorial
In honor of those who served and sacrificed to protect and defend our freedom and liberty.Map (db m217246) WM
68 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Broadway Street
Broadway was a busy street in early Lowell. The first school in Lowell was a log cabin built in 1838 near the north edge of the current parking lot. The inside was furnished with long benches made of split logs and desks made of boards along . . . Map (db m216904) HM
69 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — City Hall BlockWhere The Rivers Meet
This block has been an important block on Main Street from the earliest days of town. Daniel Marsac, local fur trader and early landowner, built a log cabin tavern around 1840. The tavern served stagecoach passengers on their way through . . . Map (db m217476) HM
70 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Clamming and the Button FactoryWhere The Rivers Meet
There was a thriving business in Lowell based on freshwater clams harvested from the Flat and Grand Rivers. (1907 to 1948) Clammers plied the rivers in flat bottomed boats with a pole mounted on top. As the pole was dragged along the . . . Map (db m216765) HM
71 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Early SettlersWhere The Rivers Meet
The earliest settlers came to Lowell from eastern states. Forty four relatives of local fur trader Rix Robinson were the first to arrive in the Grand River Valley in the spring of 1835. Some of them settled along the Flat River. Other settlers . . . Map (db m216762) HM
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72 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — L1228 — Fallasburg School
Fallasburg School Constructed in 1867Map (db m216218) HM
73 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Fur TradersWhere The Rivers Meet
The large Native American population at the Flat River made this area important to fur traders. French and American traders came to this area to trade in the winter, returning to Mackinac Island and Detroit in the summers. The LaFramboise Post . . . Map (db m217480) HM
74 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — HotelsWhere The Rivers Meet
During the late 1800s there were two hotels, one on the south side of the street and one on the north side. It was a prime location next to the businesses in Old Wooden Row. The Lowell & Hastings Railroad depot was erected nearby on . . . Map (db m217475) HM
75 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Island ParkWhere The Rivers Meet
The island in front of you was once a popular summer destination know as Island Park. "The large island in Flat River, south of the railway trestle, often refered to as Island Park, was enjoyed by many people during the summer months. . . . Map (db m216766) HM
76 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Lowell Area Veterans Memorial
Dedicated with respect to all those men and women from the Lowell area who have or will serve our country in all branches of the military in "police actions" and "armed interventions" -- who froze in a guard shack on the 38th parallel in Korea, . . . Map (db m216767) WM
77 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Lowell Soldiers and Sailors Monument
G.A.R. Erected by citizens of Lowell & vicinity in honor of the soldiers & sailors who served in the War of the Rebellion. 1861-1865.Map (db m216907) WM
78 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Lowell Veterans Memorial
1990 - 1991 Dedicated to the Lowell area servicemen and women who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm Vietnam Korea World War I World War IIMap (db m216772) WM
79 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — LumberingWhere The Rivers Meet
The first sawmill in Lowell was built in 1856 by Seth Cogswell on the creek south of the Grand River. However, from the 1840's-1870, most of the logs went through Lowell on log drives which continued on down the Flat and Grand Rivers to sawmills in . . . Map (db m217479) HM
80 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Lyon Block
Pioneer Cyprian Hooker opened the wooden hotel, The Franklin House on Christmas Day, 1855. After the railroad came to Segwun, south of the Grand River, in 1858 the hotel advertised that "a good hack w:il run to and from the depot." The . . . Map (db m216905) HM
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81 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — L1259 — Moseley School
Moseley School Built in 1915Map (db m217488) HM
82 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Museum Block
325 West Main - Robert Graham built this duplex as a residence for his family (west side) and his in-laws (east side) in 1873. His wife, Emma, died of pneumonia soon after moving in leaving three young children. Graham then married . . . Map (db m216903) HM
83 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Native AmericansWhere The Rivers Meet
The Odawa were the people living in the Lowell area when white settlers arrived. They would have said they were Anishinabe, meaning the first people or the original people. The area was heavily forested with an abundance of wild animals such as . . . Map (db m217481) HM
84 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Negonce Block and Bank BlockWhere The Rivers Meet
Looking across Main Street: Negonce Block The block across the street was the location of the first frame house. It was built in 1846 by Cyprian Hooker. The house was later moved to make way for a business block. In 1905, fire . . . Map (db m217472) HM
85 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Old Wooden RowWhere The Rivers Meet
This block, once known as the Old Wooden Row, was the first business block in the village of Dansville (Lowell). Built between 1846 and 1870 it contained 11 wooden buildings. Mrs. Julia Hiler's Millinery, located in the westernmost building, . . . Map (db m217477) HM
86 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — On The BridgeWhere The Rivers Meet
North Side At one time buildings nearly filled the north side of the Bridge except for a small opening east of Mainstreet Inn. The most prominent building is the old Post Office building, built in 1884 after a fire destroyed the . . . Map (db m216763) HM
87 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — South Broadway St.
This has been an area of intense business activity and commerce since the Pere Marquette railroad was extended to Saginaw via Lowell and Belding and a new depot was built between S. Broadway and Hudson. Lowell Mfg. Co. would load sprayers . . . Map (db m216901) HM
88 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Union Block
The Union Block was built soon after the Civil War. Many of Lowell's social events were hosted in the 3rd floor ballroom of Train's Opera House, located on the east end of the block. Seating in the Opera House was increased to 600 after a . . . Map (db m216906) HM
89 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — L1232 — Vergennes District No. 1 Alton School
Vergennes District No. 1 Alton School Constructed in 1873Map (db m217487) HM
90 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — L1228 — Vergennes District No. 11 McPherson School
Vergennes District No. 11 McPherson School Constructed in 1861Map (db m217486) HM
91 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — WaterpowerWhere The Rivers Meet
The Flat River has provided water power for numerous industries. Little evidence remains today of the large factories that once lined the east and west banks below the Main Street dams. Hooker Grist Mill (Forest Mills) was built on . . . Map (db m216764) HM
92 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Waverly Hotel Block
This block had only a dwelling house, blacksmith shop, and some sheds until the 1880's. Then Jarvis C. Train built his second Lowell hotel called Train's Hotel, containing two business fronts and one front for hotel purposes. The hotel had a . . . Map (db m216902) HM
93 Michigan, Kent County, Lowell, Vergennes Township — Welcome to LowellWhere The Rivers Meet
The Lowell Area Historical Museum invites you to explore the history of Lowell. Look for interpretive boards throughout town. Learn about different events, people and places that have shaped this community. Imagine a landscape covered with . . . Map (db m216761) HM
94 Michigan, Kent County, Plainfield charter Township, Belmont — Plainfield Charter Township Veterans Memorial
Dedicated To All The Men And Women Of This Community Who Helped To Preserve The Freedom Of This Great Nation Plainfield Charter Township 2003Map (db m176432) WM
95 Michigan, Kent County, Plainfield charter Township, Belmont — L0582 — William Hyser / Austerlitz Post Office
William Hyser William Hyser (1826-1909), pioneer surgeon and Civil War captain, came to Plainfield Township in 1850, when it was a lumber center. In 1852 he built this Greek Revival house as a home and an office for his medical and civic . . . Map (db m176433) HM
96 Michigan, Kent County, Rockford — L1467 — Cannon Township Hall
The state legislature organized Cannon Township as “Churchtown” in 1846. At the first town meeting, held in 1848, it was renamed Cannon, after Cannonsburg, the largest village. The earliest land claims date from 1835. Families began settling . . . Map (db m182791) HM
97 Michigan, Kent County, Rockford — L1999 — Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Culvert
The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (GR&I) reached Algoma Township in 1867. A series of wooden trestles were built to cross Wicked Creek, later named Stegman Creek. In 1885, after repeated fires and floods, the GR&I hired James House to cut . . . Map (db m182793) HM
98 Michigan, Kent County, Sparta — L1749 — Toledo, Saginaw & Muskegon Railway Depot
In 1888 the Toledo, Saginaw and Muskegon Railway (TS&M) built this depot. It was one of six constructed that year on the line between Muskegon and Ashley. The depot typifies country “combination-type” depots; it sheltered passengers, the station . . . Map (db m182794) HM
99 Michigan, Kent County, Wyoming — Army National Guard Veterans Memorial
In Memory Of Those Who Have Served Their Country In The Armed Services Roy Austen · Mirza Baig · Richard Bogard · Walter Bloomquist · Richard Bolema · Berson Bowen · Daniel Bowen · Lyle Breen · Ronald Brummel · Brian Cronin · Rex Denslow · . . . Map (db m189912) WM
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Jun. 7, 2023