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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sanilac County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Sanilac 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> Sanilac County, MI (38) Huron County, MI (57) Lapeer County, MI (40) St. Clair County, MI (117) Tuscola County, MI (34)  SanilacCounty(38) Sanilac County (38)  HuronCounty(57) Huron County (57)  LapeerCounty(40) Lapeer County (40)  St.ClairCounty(117) St. Clair County (117)  TuscolaCounty(34) Tuscola County (34)
Sandusky is the county seat for Sanilac County
Adjacent to Sanilac County, Michigan
      Huron County (57)  
      Lapeer County (40)  
      St. Clair County (117)  
      Tuscola County (34)  
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1 Michigan, Sanilac County, Applegate — L2256C — Village of Cash
Named after early settler Edward Cash, the village of Cash was founded in 1851. In 1868, seven Cash residents voted to found Watertown Township to govern and serve the quickly growing area. Each man who voted held at least one township post. In . . . Map (db m154388) HM
2 Michigan, Sanilac County, Argyle — ArchaeologySanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park
Archaeologists have studied the Sanilac Petroglyphs site since the 1920s. They have recorded these carvings through drawings, photographs and plaster casts, and excavated in the area around the rock outcrop. Stone tools and pottery found . . . Map (db m211153) HM
3 Michigan, Sanilac County, Argyle — Ezhibiigaadek AsiaSanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park
Written On Stone Ezhibiigaadek asin represents the collective memory of the Great Lakes Anishinabek (Original People) ancestors. Throughout the Anishinabek aboriginal territory, certain areas were used for ceremony. These areas were sought . . . Map (db m211150) HM
4 Michigan, Sanilac County, Argyle — Native Plants
Cattail/Apakweshkway Michigan Indians wove floor mats for their lodges from cattail leaves and insulated their moccasins and clothing with cattail down. They mixed cattail down with coyote fat to soothe smallpox sores. The flammability of . . . Map (db m211600) HM
5 Michigan, Sanilac County, Argyle — Sanilac Petroglyphs
For thousands of years, people worldwide have carved images in stone (petroglyphs) to honor their ancestors, record teachings and mark important places and events. Within the last 1,500 years, Native people carved more than 100 petroglyphs on the . . . Map (db m211143) HM
6 Michigan, Sanilac County, Argyle — Sanilac Petroglyphs Park Geneology
The Sanilac Petroglyphs are carved into an outcrop of a type of rock known as the Marshall Sandstone. About 340 million years ago, this area was a river delta. Sand, mud and lime deposited by the water hardened to form the Marshall Sandstone. . . . Map (db m211147) HM
7 Michigan, Sanilac County, Brown City — L1897 — The Brown City Banner
Published under the motto “Our Community is our Hive. The Rights of the People, our Queen” The Brown City Bee debuted on January 23, 1891. Owner James A. Menzies named the newspaper for the “business-like fellow” who ensures “that matters are . . . Map (db m179820) HM
8 Michigan, Sanilac County, Brown City — L1187 — Brown City Community Schools
In 1884 the first school in this area was established on the Hughson farm site. About halfway through the 1886 school term, that building burned. The term was completed in a blacksmith shop. Before the year was out, however, a frame school had been . . . Map (db m179791) HM
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9 Michigan, Sanilac County, Brown City — Brown City Veterans Memorial
In Honor And Memory Of Those Veterans From The Brown City Area Who Perished While Serving In The U.S. Armed Forces Defending Our Great Nation. May Their Courage Be Remembered Always.Map (db m182485) WM
10 Michigan, Sanilac County, Carsonville — Carsonville High School Bell
Carsonville's high school building was located at this site and served area students from 1917 to 1975 at which time a new high school opened two miles east of the village. While. the building was razed in 1990, the following year four new . . . Map (db m212456) HM
11 Michigan, Sanilac County, Carsonville — Melvin (Blackie) Burger
Lived in Carsonville for 54 years He loved this town Member of the Lions Club for 36 years He was inspired to help with the planning and building of this park along with members of the Club He received the Melvin Jones Award 1995 Citizen . . . Map (db m212458) HM
12 Michigan, Sanilac County, Croswell — L1187B — Buel Methodist Episcopal Church
This handsome building was the first church erected in Buel Township. Known as the Buel United Methodist Church, it was dedicated on December 3, 1882. The founding trustees were Robert Jolley, David Chewings, Halver Hulverson, Nicholas Van Natter, . . . Map (db m154386) HM
13 Michigan, Sanilac County, Croswell — Croswell's Swinging Bridge
This suspension footbridge over the Black River was built in 1905 using cables provided by Michigan Sugar Company. It was constructed to provide convenient access to the popular River Bend Park from the east and as a more direct route for workers to . . . Map (db m89441) HM
14 Michigan, Sanilac County, Croswell — L1926 — Matthews Farm
In 1848 Thomas and Margaret Spencer Matthews came to Worth Township from Ontario, Canada, following other farm families who migrated from Upper Canada to Michigan. Matthews's grandfather, Thomas Elmes Matthews. I a Loyalist during the . . . Map (db m212475) HM
15 Michigan, Sanilac County, Croswell — L514 — Trinity Church
This picturesque cobblestone building constructed in 1898 serves as the Croswell chapel of the Trinity Episcopal Church. Its interior features wooden arches and a rood screen between the nave and the chancel. This structure formerly called Christ . . . Map (db m88855) HM
16 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — 636 — Sport Reported permanently removed
The tug Sport, one of the nation’s earliest steel-hulled vessels, was built for lumber and steel entrepreneur Eber Brock Ward in 1873 by the Wyandotte Iron Ship Building Works in Wyandotte, Michigan. For forty-seven years the tug towed, . . . Map (db m174902) HM
17 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — L2330 — Cadillac House
Side 1 Jeremiah Jenks and John L. Woods built the Cadillac House hotel in the Italianate style in 1860. The business opened on July 4 of that year with great fanfare, including songs from the Lexington Glee Club, a parade, dinner and dancing. . . . Map (db m204024) HM
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18 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — Charles H. Moore & Albert E. Sleeper House
Charles H. Moore & Albert E. Sleeper House Built 1859 Is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Building #85000064Map (db m212441) HM
19 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — Charles H. Moore Public Library
This handsome building was constructed in 1859 by Sanilac County's first lawyer, John Devine, and served as his law office until the end of the 19th century. It was then remodeled to become the library for the village of Lexington and opened . . . Map (db m212418) HM
20 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — L543 — Moore Public Library
Moore Public Library Built in 1859Map (db m212417) HM
21 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — L997 — Old Town Hall and Masonic Temple
The village of Lexington and the local Masonic Lodge combined their efforts and finances to build this three-story Italianate structure in 1876. The village owned the first two floors (the fire department and the opera house); the Masons, the third . . . Map (db m41200) HM
22 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — Patrick J. TierneyVillage Special Events Chairman — 1918 - 1990 —
He walked our streets as an old captain patrols the deck of his ship-with a weathered affection and an iron sense of responsibility. His compassion and wit were legend. His belief in community inspired us all. No captain ever gave more of himself, . . . Map (db m89378)
23 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — Sanilac County Sesquicentennial CelebrationLexington, Michigan — July 4-8, 1984 —
The first white settlers came to Lexington in 1834 so it was appropriate that the village was the center of the Sesquicentennial Celebration honoring Sanilac County July 4-8th, 1984. A spectacular parade and fireworks commemorated the Fourth, . . . Map (db m88821) HM
24 Michigan, Sanilac County, Lexington — S0421 — Trinity Church
This tall stately Gothic Style church with its elegant wood interior was built in 1874 during Sanilac County's great lumbering era. The Reverend A. B. Flower came to Lexington as a missionary in 1869 and started this congregation known as the Church . . . Map (db m41205) HM
25 Michigan, Sanilac County, Marlette — L713A — Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad Depot
The first twenty-five miles of track for the Port Huron and Northwestern Railroad opened from Port Huron to Croswell in 1879. Marlette citizens lured the railroad by raising $15,000 toward construction of the tracks. The line extended from Saginaw . . . Map (db m154436) HM
26 Michigan, Sanilac County, Marlette — L2121 — Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodism in Marlette dates back to 1851 when the first religious sermon in the county was delivered for the Methodist Society. In 1858 the Methodist Episcopalians organized as a church. Their first minister, the Reverend D. W. Hammond, came to . . . Map (db m154455) HM
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27 Michigan, Sanilac County, Marlette — L713A — The Marlette District Library
In 1914 the Marlette Research Club, composed of women in the community, decided to build a public library for Marlette. The club contacted the Carnegie Corporation for a grant to build the library. In compliance with the Carnegie Corporation’s . . . Map (db m154435) HM
28 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — AnchorFrom the wreck of the sailing ship Col. A.B. Williams
The Williams was lost in 1863 while carrying a cargo of coal. One of the earliest shipwrecks in the area, she lies in 84 feet of water. The wreck was discovered in 1957 when a commercial fisherman's nets became entangled on an obstruction in the . . . Map (db m98913) HM
29 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — Houndtown Cabin
This chink and mortar log cabin originally stood northwest of Deckerville in a region of the county called Burgitville, or Houndtown, as everyone in the area owned hound dogs. Built after the fire of 1881, it now houses our Native . . . Map (db m212468) HM
30 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — L172 — Loop-Harrison House
This Second Empire style mansion was built in the 1870s by Doctor Joseph Loop. A native of New York, Loop moved to Oakland County, Michigan, in 1843. He and his wife, Jane Gardner Loop pioneered this land in Sanilac County in 1854, and after . . . Map (db m88892) HM
31 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — L684 — Masonic and Town Hall
The Sanilac Masonic Lodge was organized in 1868. In 1883 lodge members and township officials agreed to build a combined township and Masonic hall on land donated by Christopher Odfield, a Mason. The foundation was built with three-foot-thick walls . . . Map (db m88861) HM
32 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — Museum Church Reported missing
The Museum Church was moved here in 2005 from Forestville. Built in the late 1800's, our Museum Church served as a store, a meat market and a tavern before becoming a German Church in 1921.Map (db m98919) HM
33 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — Platt's General Store Reported missing
This turn-of-the-century mercantile features shelves filled with household items that would have been found in a store of this era. The postal unit is from Argyle, Michigan, and was originally established in 1876.Map (db m98918) HM
34 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — Platt's General Store
Dating from the early 1900's, our general store is half exhibit / half gift shop. The display includes vintage merchandise, a classic cash register, and the original Argyle, Michigan postal unit. Old fashioned toys, candy and books on local . . . Map (db m212462) HM
35 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — The Decker Crib Barn
This Crib barn, c. 1850, was built before the two major forest fires in the Thumb of 1871 and 1881. The Barn was owned (and believed to have been built) by Charles Decker, who also founded the Village of Deckerville in the late 1860's. The . . . Map (db m212469) HM
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36 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — The Forestville Church
1878 - "Our Little White Church” has a colorful history. In 1878 it started as a saloon in Forestville at the corner of 11th St.(Big Gully) and Cedar St. 1920 - It became the home of the German Evangelical Unity Congregation of . . . Map (db m212466) HM
37 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — S0110 — The Great Storm of 1913
Sudden tragedy struck the Great Lakes on November 9, 1913, when a storm, whose equal veteran sailors could not recall, left in its wake death and destruction. The grim toll was 235 seamen drowned, ten ships sunk, and more than twenty others driven . . . Map (db m154099) HM
38 Michigan, Sanilac County, Port Sanilac — Ward Cottage
This traditional 1920's lakefront cottage features Greek revival columns, trap door-type windows in the gables and an unusual fireplace made entirley of beach stone.Map (db m212467) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023