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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Livingston County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Livingston 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> Livingston County, MI (67) Genesee County, MI (156) Ingham County, MI (184) Jackson County, MI (130) Oakland County, MI (464) Shiawassee County, MI (49) Washtenaw County, MI (326)  LivingstonCounty(67) Livingston County (67)  GeneseeCounty(156) Genesee County (156)  InghamCounty(184) Ingham County (184)  JacksonCounty(130) Jackson County (130)  OaklandCounty(464) Oakland County (464)  ShiawasseeCounty(49) Shiawassee County (49)  WashtenawCounty(326) Washtenaw County (326)
Howell is the county seat for Livingston County
Adjacent to Livingston County, Michigan
      Genesee County (156)  
      Ingham County (184)  
      Jackson County (130)  
      Oakland County (464)  
      Shiawassee County (49)  
      Washtenaw County (326)  
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1 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 11 — Alice JollyBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Alice and her husband, George, ran one of Brighton's hat shops for ladies in the late 1800s. Alice Jolly became the sole proprietor of the Jolly Millinery Shop in 1893 with the death of her husband at age 49. This was necessitated since she had . . . Map (db m107724) HM
2 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 6 — Alvira GillulyBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Alvira and her husband, John, lived on Hamburg Road, south of Brighton with their two girls, Carrie and Lucy. John taught school in the Village of Brighton before being admitted to the University of Michigan Law School in the late 1850s. He . . . Map (db m107677) HM
3 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 4 — B.T.O. ClarkBrighton's Historical Silhouettes
Benjamin Treadwell Onderdonk Clark was an infant when his family came to Brighton in 1837 just after the tiny town of Ore Creek was renamed. His father, Reverend William A. Clark held the first regular religious services in the community and . . . Map (db m107649) HM
4 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 7 — Bessie the HolsteinBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Bessie is a milk cow. Holsteins started to appear in Livingston County in the 1880s. The county became a leader in selling these cows throughout the Midwest. These black and white dairy cows can produce about 2900 gallons of milk. In the late . . . Map (db m107615) HM
5 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Brighton Area Veterans Memorial
Dedicated To The Men and Women of the Brighton Area Who Honorably Served Their Country In War and Peace We Cherish the Memory Of Those Who Died That Freedom May LiveMap (db m182467) WM
6 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Ll30/L1300 — Brighton District No. 8 School
In 1842 pioneer settler Richard Lyons donated land for the first school in Brighton Township's District No. 8. Area Methodists worshipped in the log school until 1874. In 1885 the log building was replaced with this one-room clapboard structure. . . . Map (db m156118) HM
7 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 1 — Brighton Hook and Ladder Co.Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes
The Brighton Hook and Ladder Company Number 1 was formed in 1876 to protect the village against fires. The continued growth of the community and the expansion of the village to the west of Ore Creek created a real need for men and equipment to . . . Map (db m107603) HM
8 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — L2078 — Brighton Village Cemetery
Side 1 The Brighton Village Cemetery began as a burial ground for the family of William A. Clark, D.D., an Episcopal minister from New York City, who settled with his family in Brighton Township in 1837. Clark acquired many acres of land, . . . Map (db m107616) HM
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9 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 9 — Daniel MarshBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Daniel Marsh was elected as the first President of the new Village of Brighton. He arrived in Brighton in 1839 and was this small town's first attorney and the first prosecuting attorney in Livingston County. He married the widow Sara Maltby who . . . Map (db m107694) HM
10 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 5 — Duke the HerefordBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Duke was raised to provide beef. Herefords are brown and white and could be found in the 1870s. Sometimes cattle and cows were found in the Old Village Cemetery eating grass. These animals apparently left the safety of their pen in search of . . . Map (db m107674) HM
11 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial
The sacrifices of few ensured the freedom of many. A grateful community remembers those who served in the armed forces of the United States during times of war and peace, whose courage and personal sacrifices defended and . . . Map (db m175047) WM
12 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Dedicated To Those Lying Here Who Fought Or Served So That Liberty Might EndureMap (db m182471) WM
13 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Fairview Cemetery WWI Memorial
W.W.I Barracks 3534 Veterans MemorialMap (db m182472) WM
14 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 2 — Henry Ford and John TannerBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
John Tanner was known as one of Brighton's most unusual people. His 10 foot long beard was always tucked under his shirt only to be seen by his wife and the paying public. His delivery operation from the train depot ran from 1871-1910 with his . . . Map (db m107558) HM
15 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Homesite of Edwin B. Winans
Livingston Co. Homesite Of Edwin B. Winans 29th Governor Of Mich. 1891-1892 Map (db m174936) HM
16 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m182470) WM
17 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 8 — John McKinneyBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
John McKinney arrived in Brighton in the 1850s as an escaped slave who most likely survived the dangers of hidden travel with the families who operated the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad helped Southern slaves escape to the North and . . . Map (db m108662) HM
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18 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 13 — Johnny Blessed Reported missing
Johnny Blessed operated a two horse stagecoach that avoided the swamps and followed the rough and bumpy Grand River Indian Trail between Detroit and Howell. Tired horses would be exchanged for fresh horses in Farmington, New Hudson and at Brighton's . . . Map (db m158769) HM
19 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — Mill Pond Park
City of Brighton Mill Pond Park Dedicated October 14, 1972 to the people of the Brighton community. A community recreation facility made possible through contributions from the citizens, service clubs, and organizations of the Brighton . . . Map (db m176655) HM
20 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — L1010 — Old Town Hall
Settled in 1832 by Maynard Maltby, this community was originally called Ore Creek for the stream that flows through it. In 1838 its name was changed to Brighton. It was incorporated as a village in 1867 and as a city in 1928. In 1878 the village . . . Map (db m107605) HM
21 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 10 — Orson QuackenbushBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Orson Quakenbush played a key role in establishing Brighton as a viable rural community with the downtown construction of his dam and grist mill on Ore Creek in 1838. The flowing water of Ore Creek would turn a water wheel that rotated a grindstone . . . Map (db m108737) HM
22 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 3 — Pipp Children FishingBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Amelia and Benjamin Pipp lived near the Millpond. Their summer activities were swimming and fishing which was common for all kids. Placing worms on their hooks and awaiting the first hit of the "big" fish was their challenge. Their talents were . . . Map (db m108706) HM
23 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — 12 — Railroad Repair GangBrighton's Victorian Silhouettes
The iron horse arrived in Brighton in 1871. Brighton's future growth and success was off to a good start with this new transportation service running through town. The railroad depot was built about 600 feet beyond this artwork. The push-pull . . . Map (db m108680) HM
24 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — L2248 — St. Patrick Church / St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery
St. Patrick Church St. Patrick was the first church to serve Brighton area Catholics, many of whom were immigrants from Ireland. A simple log structure at the corner of McCabe and Silver Lake Roads built in 1838 was used by the congregation . . . Map (db m107557) HM
25 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton — L1011 — St. Paul's
When the Reverend William A. Clark, D. D., purchased his land in Brighton Township, he set aside an acre as a church site and established a cemetery near it. In 1837 he organized an Episcopal group and conducted its first services in his orchard. . . . Map (db m107623) HM
26 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton, Green Oak Township — S406 — Kinsley S. Bingham
Twenty-five year old Kinsley Bingham left his New York home in 1833 saying: "Give me $500 and let me go to Michigan and I'll be governor in two years." He settled here, constructing this handsome Greek Revival house in 1842. Bingham's boast was not . . . Map (db m107539) HM
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27 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton, Green Oak Township — 134 — Spanish-American War Regiments
This was once the summer camp of Michigan's National Guard. Here in 1898 the five regiments which were recruited in the state during the war with Spain were organized. Ten men volunteered for every one who could be accepted. Two of the units, the . . . Map (db m107555) HM
28 Michigan, Livingston County, Brighton, Milford — L2339 — Warner Homestead
Around 1855, Timothy and Lucretia Warner built this Greek Revival farmhouse. Timothy (1819-1900) migrated from Livonia, New York, to Brighton Township in 1837. He was credited with helping organize and name the township later that year. In 1841 he . . . Map (db m231249) HM
29 Michigan, Livingston County, Fenton, Tyrone Township — L1920 — First Congregational Church
The Congregational Church of Tyrone, grew out of the Methodist Episcopal church that organized here in 1845. Itinerant ministers called circuit riders served what was known as the Tyrone or Cranston Class. In 1874 the class split over where to build . . . Map (db m178131) HM
30 Michigan, Livingston County, Fenton, Tyrone Township — L0704 — Tyrone Township Hall
Tyrone Township was settled in 1834, and Joseph M. Becker was elected as the first township supervisor in 1838. Township meetings were held in the homes of the townsfolk until 1887, when this hall was erected on Hartland Road at a cost of $640. . . . Map (db m178108) HM
31 Michigan, Livingston County, Gregory — L2146 — First Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Charles G. Clarke of Washtenaw County led eleven people in organizing the First Presbyterian Church in Unadilla on February 4, 1837. It was the township’s first religious society. The congregation met in a schoolhouse until a brick . . . Map (db m171698) HM
32 Michigan, Livingston County, Gregory — L2001 — Plainfield Methodist Church
The Plainfield Methodist Protestant Church formally organized on June 7, 1863. The present church building dedicated on January 27, 1907, replaced the first church, built in 1868, which burned when it was struck by lightning in 1906. In 1939 the . . . Map (db m192115) HM
33 Michigan, Livingston County, Gregory — LY-33 — Unadilla Baseline Cemetery
Baseline Cemetery was established on April 14, 1837. The custom of burning the cemetery grass before Memorial Day blackened and weakened the limestone monuments and many others were destroyed during the tornado of 1914. Since no records were kept, . . . Map (db m171685) HM
34 Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — Hamburg
In the early 1830s, many New England homesteaders moved west towards the Territory of Michigan in search of fertile land close to a river or stream. Many traveled by boat along the Erie Canal and then inland on existing Anishinaabe trails. . . . Map (db m202037) HM
35 Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — S583 — Hamburg / Edwin B. Winans
Hamburg The year 1831 marked the arrival of Hamburg's first settlers--Felix Dunlavey, Jesse Hall, Calvin Jackson, Cornelius Miller and Herman Lake--and their families. In 1835, Ann Arbor merchant E.F. Gay and Amariah Hammond purchased thirty . . . Map (db m50165) HM
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36 Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — L78 — St. Stephen's
This building is one of the oldest Episcopal churches in Michigan. St. Stephen's parish was organized in 1844, and construction of the church began almost immediately. Hiram Raymond of Hamburg was the contractor, and building funds were solicited in . . . Map (db m67453) HM
37 Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — Trains to HamburgThe Village with Two Railroads
Everything changed when the trains came to Hamburg in the 1880s. The village had been connected to neighboring towns only by old Native American trails and dirt roads. Travel was slow and difficult on foot, horse or wagon, and village . . . Map (db m168379) HM
38 Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — Travelers Stopat the Hamburg House Hotel
The Hotel brought the world to the little village of Hamburg. Built in 1835 beside Horsehoe Creek, it sheltered many early settlers to the region and, by 1850, visitors coming to enjoy hunting and fishing in the woods and lakes. Two . . . Map (db m168152) HM
39 Michigan, Livingston County, Hartland — L411 — Florence B Dearing Museum
Hartland Township was settled in 1831. On this site distinguished early citizens Robert and Chauncey Crouse operated a general mercantile business. In 1891 this town hall was built. The hall later served as a fire station and center for community . . . Map (db m178052) HM
40 Michigan, Livingston County, Hartland — L2173 — Hartland Burying Ground
The first burial in this cemetery occurred in 1840 upon the death of Thomas Hall, a Hartland Township pioneer. Chauncey L. and Robert C. Crouse, who platted the village of Hartland in 1842, transferred approximately two acres of the original . . . Map (db m178056) HM
41 Michigan, Livingston County, Hartland — L0768 — Hartland Music Hall
This structure was constructed in 1858 as the Hartland First Congregational Church. It was purchased in 1929 for $500 by the Hartland Consolidated School Foundation, established by John Robert Crouse, Sr. In 1932 the remodeled building became the . . . Map (db m178054) HM
42 Michigan, Livingston County, Hell — The Grieving Yard
Little is known to the living who walk above us. Yes, they come to visit a loved one or that special someone just to make themselves happy, to remember us as we once were. Oh, to always be 18 or 20 or to have lived a much longer life and choose . . . Map (db m211163) WM
43 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — American Legion Veterans Memorial
Devereaux Post 141 In Memory Of Our Departed ComradesMap (db m182474) WM
44 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L94 — Ann Arbor Railroad
Howell raised $20,000 in 1885 to induce the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan to enter town. Many believed the town, already served by one railroad, would boom with a second line. Early in 1886 a right-of-way dispute erupted in an armed brawl . . . Map (db m107759) HM
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45 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L391 — County CourthouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Albert E. French designed this two-and-a-half story brick and stone building. This edifice, completed in 1890, shows influence of Richardsonian architecture and has maintained many of its original Victorian furnishings. Peter and Maria Cowdry . . . Map (db m107800) HM
46 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L1889 — Frank J. Hecox House
This “House of Seven Gables” was built in 1886-87 by the farm family of Frank J. and Ada Hecox. A plastered brick wall in the basement is inscribed with Frank Hecox’s initials and the date 1887. The Hecox family left the area by 1900, and Ada sold . . . Map (db m174718) HM
47 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L2178 — George W. Lee House
This c. 1846 Greek Revival house, among Howell's oldest, was home to prominent citizen George W. Lee (1812-1882). Lee moved from New York State to Michigan in 1836. A businessman and public servant, Lee helped establish the Republican Party in 1854 . . . Map (db m107753) HM
48 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L2013 — Howell Carnegie Library
The Howell library association originated as the Ladies Library Association in 1875. That year, the ladies began offering books for lending. The need for spacious, permanent quarters grew, and in 1902, for three hundred dollars and railroad . . . Map (db m107873) HM
49 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — Lakeview Cemetery GAR Civil War Memorial
In Memory Of Our Fallen ComradesMap (db m182473) WM
50 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — Livingston Co. Civil War Memorial
Waddell Woman's Relief Corps in memory of and dedicated to Waddell Post No. 120. G.A.R. and all Veterans of Livingston Co. who served in the war of '61-'65 "They fought to save US a Nation"Map (db m182475) WM
51 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L1896 — Livingston County Press
The Livingston County Press, one of Michigan's oldest weekly newspapers, traces its roots to The Livingston Courier, The Livingston Republican and The Livingston Democrat. The Courier, established in 1843, was . . . Map (db m107830) HM
52 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — Livingston County Veterans Honor Roll
Honor Roll In Grateful Memory Of Those From Livingston County Who Gave Their Lives In World War II 1941-1945Map (db m182477) WM
53 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — Livingston County WWI Honor Roll
Honor Roll A Tribute To The 656 Heroic Ones Who Served Their Country * 1914 * World War * 1919 * In Memoriam Floyd Howard Abrams • Leon Ellsworth Allen • John Avis • William Edward Brimley • Jesse Barton Cooley . . . Map (db m182476) WM
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54 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — National Hotel
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m216350) HM
55 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — Old Indian Trail
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56 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L184 — Opera House
Built c. 1881Map (db m107799) HM
57 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell — L1938 — Saint Augustine Catholic Church and Cemetery
During the 1830s a number of Irish Catholic settlers migrated from New York State to Deerfield and Tyrone Townships, drawn by the prospect of purchasing inexpensive land. When they arrived there was no parish to serve them. In 1843 Father Patrick . . . Map (db m176612) HM
58 Michigan, Livingston County, Howell, Oceola Township — L538 — St. John The Baptist Catholic Church
Irish immigrants founded a Catholic mission in Livingston County in 1843. The following year, two acres of land were purchased here and a log structure was erected for worship services. As the congregation grew it required a larger facility, and a . . . Map (db m107751) HM
59 Michigan, Livingston County, Milford — That Dammed River
Huron River: Why dam it? Dams serve a variety of purposes. The Kent Lake Dam was built in 1947, but why? The answer comes from the "when". On the Huron River, from 1910 to 1940, power generation was the goal. From 1944 to 1970, most dams . . . Map (db m156415) HM
60 Michigan, Livingston County, Milford, Brighton Township — Bubbling Waters
Before the existence of Kensington Metropark, Detroit journalist, poet and labor leader Jo Labadie chose this site to get away from the "noise and hurry-up of the big town." He and his wife built a house, barn, printshop, and henhouse. Because of . . . Map (db m185009) HM
61 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney — Anderson
Founded in 1884, Anderson began as a train depot along the newly built Grand Trunk Western Railroad route. A community grew around it, and, at its peak, Anderson had a post officce, cheese factory and farmers store that sold dry goods, groceries . . . Map (db m202579) HM
62 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney — Pinckney
[The Village of Pinckney] in the midst of one of the finest and already best settled agricultural districts in the state, and is already the natural center of business for not less than two hundred or three hundred families. . . . Map (db m202547) HM
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63 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — Chain of Lakes
From 1883 to 1886, the Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor & Toledo Railroads laid tracks here. Soon after, the first hotels and resorts were built on the Huron River's Chain of Lakes. Throughout the early 1900s, people left the heat and industry . . . Map (db m202209) HM
64 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — Hitting the RoadChanging Routes Through Hamburg Township
The Humpback Bridge used to be here, crossing the Grand Trunk Railway. The narrow wooden span was built in 1900 to carry vehicles on state route M-36 over the Grand Trunk Railway line (now the Lakeland Trail). Unsuited to . . . Map (db m202504) HM
65 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — Huron River
The Potawatomi and Wyandot lived along the river Giwitatigweisibi, known today as the Huron River. They traveled the waterway in birchbark canoes as they caught fish, harvested wild rice or bartered with other tribes. Lightweight canoes were easy . . . Map (db m202076) HM
66 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — The Big ChillRailroads and the Zukey Lake Ice House
Ice harvesting was the major winter activity in Hamburg Township for over thirty years. Until electrical refrigeration became common in the 1940s, food was best preserved during warmer months in "iceboxes" with ice blocks . . . Map (db m202142) HM
67 Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — Trains Off LineThe Challenge of Railroad Safety
Train wrecks were a constant worry in Hamburg Township, though they were not common. Accidents jolted communities around the world as trains became common in the 1800s. In fact, worldwide time zones were established, in part, . . . Map (db m202465) HM
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