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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. Clair County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of St. Clair County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg St. Clair County, MI (122) Lapeer County, MI (41) Macomb County, MI (149) Sanilac County, MI (43)  St.ClairCounty(122) St. Clair County (122)  LapeerCounty(41) Lapeer County (41)  MacombCounty(149) Macomb County (149)  SanilacCounty(43) Sanilac County (43)
Port Huron is the county seat for St. Clair County
Adjacent to St. Clair County, Michigan
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1 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac — Christopher Columbus Smith / Garfield A. "Gar" Wood
Christopher Columbus Smith 1861 - 1939 created the sport of motor-boating in 1893 by installing a motor in a wooden boat and launching it in the St. Clair River at Algonac — three years before Henry Ford installed one in the first . . . Map (db m123945) HM
2 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac — L711 — Clay Township Library
This Greek Revival home was built by Charles H. Beers around 1849. In 1914 it became the home and office of Dr. Walter E. Bostwick, who died in 1943. His widow, Cordella Sheill Bostwick, lived in the house until her death in 1948. In 1949 the . . . Map (db m123876) HM
3 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac — S124 — Saint Andrew's Parish / Saint Andrew's Church
Saint Andrew's Parish Beginning in 1845 the Reverend Andrew Jamieson, an Anglican missionary, served Saint John the Baptist Church on nearby Walpole Island, Ontario. In the early 1860s, Jamieson (1814-1885) established a mission in Algonac. . . . Map (db m123873) HM
4 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac — St. Clair River Habitat RestorationMarine City Drain Habitat Restoration
The St. Clair River is part of the connecting channels between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It is a 40 mile strait that flows south from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. The river serves as a navigational passage as well as an ecosystem for a great . . . Map (db m124058) HM
5 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac — St. Clair River Habitat RestorationCottrellville Township Shoreline
The St. Clair River is part of the connecting channels between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It is a 40 mile strait that flows south from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. The river serves as a navigational passage as well as an ecosystem for a great . . . Map (db m124059) HM
6 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac — S537 — Water Speed Capital
For more than a century, Algonac has played a leading role in ship building, from sailing cargo ships to large pleasure craft, racing boats and World War II landing craft. Between 1921 and 1932 Christopher Smith and Gar Wood built ten Miss . . . Map (db m123847) HM
7 Michigan, St. Clair County, Algonac, Pearl Beach — Algonac Civil War / Vietnam Memorial
Erected 1905 in memory of the soldiers and sailors 1861 to 1865 St. Clair County KIA Vietnam John Frederick Anthony• John J Bailey• George Patrick Barrett• William Thomas Bass Jr• Robert Louis Bauer• Robert Joseph Bawal• Raymond . . . Map (db m217775) WM
8 Michigan, St. Clair County, Allenton — L1223 — Almont Society of the New Church
Scottish immigrants from Glasgow settled in Berlin Township in 1841. Ten years later, twenty-four of them founded the Almont Society of the New Church. They followed the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-17720), a Swedish mathematician, . . . Map (db m155039) HM
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9 Michigan, St. Clair County, Anchorville — L2310 — Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary
Side 1 In the 1830s, numerous Catholic settlers immigrated to the Anchor Bay area. Having no formal church, the settlers were intermittently pastored by missionary clergymen. In 1847, Etienne (Stephen) Rose and his two sons constructed a . . . Map (db m152884) HM
10 Michigan, St. Clair County, Anchorville — Paul Torney and Michigan Historical Markers
In grateful appreciation of our Parish Historian, Paul Torney, who through long hours of research and dedication, with help and support from his wife Shannon and working with Father Joe Esper, Gail Zabowski and Cemetery Director Robert . . . Map (db m166257) HM
11 Michigan, St. Clair County, Anchorville — L2316 — Sacred Heart Cemetery
Led by Bishop John Samuel Foley, the Diocese of Detroit purchased this land from Ephise Rosset in February 1914. The property became a new burial ground for Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary after the church's first cemetery, St. . . . Map (db m155896) HM
12 Michigan, St. Clair County, Anchorville, Ira Township — Sacred Heart Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all veteransMap (db m217694) WM
13 Michigan, St. Clair County, Anchorville, Ira Township — L2295 — St. Mary's Cemetery
In 1830 Etienne (Stephen) and Mary Rose arrived in Detroit from Montreal. They settled with their children near here. Rose and his sons supported the family by cutting and selling wood at fifty cents a cord. In 1840 the Roses bought about . . . Map (db m155892) HM
14 Michigan, St. Clair County, Capac — L2292 — Capac's Early Railroad Depots/The Fourth Capac Depot
Capac's Early Railroad Depots In 1870 the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railroad Company, later the Grand Trunk Railroad, opened a rail line and depot in Capac. Judge Dewitt C. Walker, Capac's founder, later recalled that "the shrill noise . . . Map (db m155045) HM
15 Michigan, St. Clair County, Capac — Soldiers and Sailors Boulder
. . . Map (db m166143) WM
16 Michigan, St. Clair County, Capac — The Old School Bell
In 1866 this bell was mounted on the first school located on the northwest corner of East Church St. and Walker St. In 1879 the bell was removed to the three story brick school on this site. It was used until 1932. Restored the year of Capac . . . Map (db m179793) HM
17 Michigan, St. Clair County, Clay Township, Ira Township — Ira Township Veterans Memorial
Ira Township Veterans "In memory of those who served" Morris Ray Latour • Stanley Chodacki • Fred Finedell • Bernard David • Norman Spens • Donald Claeys • Stephen Lord • James ThibaultMap (db m217696) WM
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18 Michigan, St. Clair County, Clay Township, Pearl Beach — L805 — Colony Tower
Built in 1925 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, this steel-framed water tower was the main water supplier for "The Colony on the Ste. Claire" — a secluded residential community established in Clay Township during the 1920s. The Colony . . . Map (db m152071) HM
19 Michigan, St. Clair County, Clay Township, Pearl Beach — St. John's Marsh Project
At this site April 1977 The Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources purchased the first 45 acres of the St. John's Marsh Project. The money was raised by the Lake St. Clair Advisory Committee and given to the state for the purchase. Two time . . . Map (db m213949) HM
20 Michigan, St. Clair County, East China, St. Clair Township — East China Township Revolutionary War Memorial
U. S. A. 1776 1976Map (db m218026) WM
21 Michigan, St. Clair County, East China, St. Clair Township — East China Vietnam Memorial
In commemoration of those who served in the Vietnam WarMap (db m218353) WM
22 Michigan, St. Clair County, Emmett — L2131 — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish / John F. Farrell
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Father Lawrence Kilroy established Catholic churches throughout St. Clair County during the early nineteenth century. In Kenockee he founded a cemetery and the "log church," the precursor of Our Lady of Mount . . . Map (db m155047) HM
23 Michigan, St. Clair County, Fort Gratiot — L2219 — Lake Huron Water Supply Project / Tunnel ExplosionRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Lake Huron Water Supply Project In 1968, to serve the water needs of a growing population, the Detroit Metro Water Department began work on the Lake Huron Water Supply Project. This massive feat involved erecting a submerged intake crib . . . Map (db m88947) HM
24 Michigan, St. Clair County, Fort Gratiot — The 1971 Water Tunnel Explosion Memorial

Side 1
This Memorial is dedicated in the memory of:
Manuel AbastaRomualdo Alvarez
James BeesleyRoswell Brown
Keith VernerGerald . . . Map (db m91765)
25 Michigan, St. Clair County, Fort Gratiot — What Lies Beneath
With the metro Detrolit area growing, a new Lake Huron water intake and treatment plant was needed to serve both the Detroit and Flint areas. In 1968, the Detroit Metro Water Department began a massive $125 million project of digging a water . . . Map (db m235474) HM
26 Michigan, St. Clair County, Goodells — L1983 — Wales Township Hall
The state legislature set off Wales Township from Clyde Township on March 27, 1841. It was considered one of the finest agricultural districts in St. Clair County. In 1889 citizens voted to build a town hall. On November 8, 1890, the township board . . . Map (db m154892) HM
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27 Michigan, St. Clair County, Harsens Island — 631 — Harsen House
This house belonged to the family of Jacob Harsen. A gunsmith and fur trader who arrived here about 1778, Harsen was the first white settler on the island. On this site he built a log home which was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion. The . . . Map (db m233527) HM
28 Michigan, St. Clair County, Harsens Island — 2128 — Stewart Farm / Memoir of Aura Stewart
Stewart Farm. This is likely the oldest farm complex on Harsens Island. Harvey Stewart, a brewery and distillery owner from New York State, came to the Michigan Territory in 1810. He served as a guide and messenger to General William . . . Map (db m233529) HM
29 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — New Orleans Anchor
Anchor from the steamer New Orleans built in Marine City, Michigan 1885. Sunk in Thunder Bay by the steamer William Linn 1906. Recovered by Jack Thompson 1973. Donated by Jack Thompson 1985Map (db m217803) HM
30 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Protector Rudder
Rudder of the tug Protector U.S. 170400 139.4 X 30.6 X 15.4 409 tons Last major wooden vessel built in Marine City Sydney C. McLouth Shipyard 1919Map (db m218019) HM
31 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Anchor Bay Anchor
Ship's anchor ca. 1880 found in Anchor Bay. Near the shipping channel. Found and donated by: Jason GirardMap (db m217811) HM
32 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — City Hall of Marine City
City Hall of Marine City was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1982. Constructed in 1884, it was designed by the noted architectural firm of George Dewitt Mason and Zachariah . . . Map (db m218015) HM
33 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — L2197 — David and Laura Lester House
This house was likely built in stages between around 1855 and 1885 and reflects the prominence of David and Laura Rice Lester. David Lester (1823-1890), a shipbuilder, a ship owner, and a salt producer, played a key role in Marine City's economic . . . Map (db m41189) HM
34 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — L1833 — East China Fractional District No. 2 School
East China Township was set off from China Township in 1859. In 1868 Harriet J. Comstock, an heir of pioneer Andrew J. Westbrook, sold a parcel of land to School District No. 2. A frame school, built on the site prior to 1853, was replaced by this . . . Map (db m169599) HM
35 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Emily Ward Academy Bell
Bell from the bell tower of the Emily Ward Academy. Academy started 1845. Building built 1847 by Eber Brock Ward. Donated by: Carroll BrownMap (db m217807) HM
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36 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Freighter Propeller
Freighter propeller recovered from St. Clair River north of Marine City by divers Fred Dufty, Leo Dupuis, Terry Lisk and John Trevaskis.Map (db m217794) HM
37 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — L1969 — Greenwood Cemetery
In 1856 Detroiters Eber Brock and Mary Ward deeded approximately one and one-half acres of land along the Belle River to establish Greenwood Cemetery. As a result of several additions, the burial ground comprised 14.2 acres by 1922. Renamed Woodlawn . . . Map (db m176823) HM
38 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Heritage Square Historic District
City Hall of Marine City was built in 1884 designed by the firm of George Dewitt Mason and Zachariah Rice, Detroit. Mason, principal designer, chose to reflect a style popularized by the Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson and now known as . . . Map (db m123788) HM
39 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — L0546 — Holy Cross Parish
Father Gabriel Richard received this triangular plot of land by way of a grant from President John Quincy Adams on April 1, 1825. This area, known as Catholic Point, contains, among other buildings a church, a rectory, a convent, the former high . . . Map (db m41196) HM
40 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — L461 — Marine City
Built in 1884 at a cost of $12,300, this edifice has served continuously as the seat of local government. Marine City was incorporated as the village of Marine in 1865. It became Marine City in 1867. The first village president was David Lester, a . . . Map (db m123786) HM
41 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Marine City High School Bell
Bell from Marine City High School Built in 1898 Erected for the people of Marine City Map (db m217813) HM
42 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Marine City World War I Memorial
Dedicated by the labor organizations to those Honored Patriots of Marine City who fell in the -1914- World--War -1919- ★ Henry Bashore ★ Wm. C. Sharp ★ Emil Hund ★ Wm. Regan ★ Wm. LawrenceMap (db m218011) WM
43 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — L0683 — Newport Academy
Emily Ward established the Newport Academy about 1845 to provide educational opportunities for area children. Miss Ward was a niece of Samuel Ward, the founder of Newport (now Marine City), and the sister of Eber Brock Ward, a shipping magnate and . . . Map (db m41199) HM
44 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Pêche Island Rear Range Lightc. 1905 - decommissioned 1982
This range light was originally located in American Waters, east of the mouth of the Detroit River, just north of the international border and north east of Pêche Island, Ontario, Canada It was brought to Marine City in 1982 through the . . . Map (db m123840) HM
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45 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The Carrier1865 - 1923
Built in Marine City as a Bark by David Lester. Converted to Schooner in Chicago in 1878. Abandoned in 1921 and then used as a club house by Lincoln Park Club. Donated to the Milwaukee Naval Reserve in 1923, but sank in transit.Map (db m217996) HM
46 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The D.F. Rose1868 - 1910
Built in Marine City by George King in 1868. Designed as a Barge, she was rebuilt & her Rig changed to Propeller in 1870. Registered in Port Huron in 1870. Removed from commission at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1910.Map (db m218008) HM
47 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The Marine City 1866 - 1880
Built in Marine City as a Barge by Thomas Arnold. Rebuilt as a steamer in 1867 increasing the tonnage to 695,89 Caught fire & burned off Sturgeon Point in Lake Huron on August 28, 1880 with a loss of 9 lives.Map (db m217795) HM
48 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The Maud1899 - 1917
Built in Marine City in 1899 by Alexander Anderson. Designed as a Propeller 95 feet long & 23 feet wide. Collided with the Hilton in 1915 at Courtright, Ohio. Later raised by Robert Thompson of Port Huron. Burned at the dock in St. Clair in . . . Map (db m217997) HM
49 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The Newaygo1890 - 1903
Built in Marine City by Alexander Anderson. Her Rig was Propeller & one of the larger ships. Running from Cleveland, OH, to Ontario during a blizzard, she ran aground & foundered near Devil's Island in Georgian Bay, Ontario.Map (db m217995) HM
50 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The Northerner1871 - 1892
Built in Marine City as a Barge by John J. Hill. Rebuilt & Rig changed to Propeller in Detroit in 1880. Caught fire at Kelly's Island, Ohio in November, 1886. Rebuilt in Cleveland, Ohio & registered in 1887. Burned on Lake Superior leaking oil . . . Map (db m217994) HM
51 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — The R.G. Coburn1870 - 1871
Built in Marine City by Thomas Arnold. A large Propeller ship, built for freight and passengers, she was sold to Eber Ward of the Lake Superior Line. In October 1871, she foundered in fierce gales near Pointe Aux Barques. Only 18 souls survived.Map (db m217990) HM
52 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Titanic Memorial
In memory of the 69 Michigan bound passengers Aboard the RMS Titanic April 15, 1912 Nearer My God to Thee Richard F Becker - Benton Harbor•Marion L Becker - Benton Harbor•Ruth E Becker - Benton Harbor•Nellie E Becker - Benton . . . Map (db m217776) HM
53 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — United Methodist Church Bell
Church Bell Donated By: The United Methodist Church (1851-2014) Built By The Troy Bell Foundry Jones And Company Troy, New York 1871 Map (db m217806) HM
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54 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Walking Plow
Walking plow used by: William Caughell 1871-1940 Manfred Caughell 1907-1976 Donated by: Margery GuintherMap (db m217808) HM
55 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City — Woodlawn Cemetery Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to honor those of this community who served in time of war to perpetuate the memory of all those who made the supreme sacrifice for God and their country.Map (db m218024) WM
56 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marine City, Cottrellville Township — The Mary1882 - 1908
Built in Marine City as a Propeller by Morley and Hill. Changed ownership 5 times including C. & E. McElroy, 1882-1894 & S. H. Burnham, 1894-1899 both of St. Clair, Michigan. Later rebuilt to increase size. Taken to Massachusetts in 1905 & . . . Map (db m217946) HM
57 Michigan, St. Clair County, Marysville — L1100 — C. H. Wills & Company Reported damaged
C. Harold Wills (1878-1940) began working as a draftsman for Henry Ford in 1902. When the Ford Motor Company was organized in 1903, Wills was its chief engineer and metallurgist. He designed every Ford car until he resigned in 1919. Deciding to . . . Map (db m168499) HM
58 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — S0404 — Huron Lightship
Commissioned in 1921, the Huron began service as a relief vessel for other Great Lakes lightships. She is ninety-seven feet long, twenty-four feet in beam, and carried a crew of eleven. On clear nights her beacon could be seen for fourteen miles. . . . Map (db m41197) HM
59 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Admiralty Anchor
In Memory of those PHYC Members that came before us and helped to Anchor our Future This 400 lb. Admiralty Anchor was made around 1860-1880 Found in 2016 off Lakeport, MI. It snapped off in a severe storm, vessel unknown, . . . Map (db m241412) HM
60 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — All Aboard!
This is the Fort Gratiot Station. It welcomed immigrants, settlers, military and other travelers to Port Huron during the late 19th century. The Grand Trunk Railway built this depot in 1858 and launched daily passenger service to Detroit the . . . Map (db m76020) HM
61 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — 80 — Bina M. WestRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Founded Woman's Life Insurance Society in 1892. Promoted votes for women and helped lead state suffrage campaign 1917 - 1918.Map (db m211273) HM
62 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Bridging the Blue Waters
People first crossed the St. Clair River using logs, rafts and canoes. Steam-powered ferries began carrying freight and people in the 1840s. The river current pushed tethered swing ferries from shore to shore. Later other ferries were used, and . . . Map (db m76014) HM
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63 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Civil War Memorial
This boulder and tablet were placed here by The Department of Michigan Woman's Relief Corps in memory of and dedicated to The Civil War Veterans. 1861 - 1865 "They are sleeping in the valleys, They are sleeping 'neath the . . . Map (db m76102) WM
64 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Commerce & Catastrophe
The Omar D. Conger Built for the Port Huron-Sarnia Ferry Company at the Dunford and Alverson shipyard in 1882, the passenger ship was named after Port Huron native and U.S. Senator Omar D. Conger. For over 40 years, the 93 ft. ferry moved . . . Map (db m217562) HM
65 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Customhouse
October 6, 1988 This structure, which has served as the Port Huron, Michigan Customhouse since 1874, was dedicated as a Historic Bicentennial Customhouse in honor and recognition of U.S. Customs steadfast and vigilant service to the . . . Map (db m76103) HM
66 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L220 — Davidson House
This excellent Queen Anne-style house, completed in 1890, was the residence of Wilbur F. Davidson until his death in 1913. Born in Adrian in 1852, Davidson opened a Port Huron dry goods store in 1882. The next year he installed in the store the . . . Map (db m241413) HM
67 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L1901 — E. C. Williams House
E. C. Williams built this double house in 1890-91, in what was then the village of Fort Gratiot. Williams published the Fort Gratiot Sun, a newspaper that circulated primarily among railroad passengers and crew. In 1894 the village merged . . . Map (db m213688) HM
68 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Edison Homesite
Thomas Alva Edison was seven years old in 1854 when he and his family moved to Port Huron. They moved into a house on the Fort Gratiot Military Reservation, a short distance south of here. This is where young "Al" conducted his first experiments . . . Map (db m76049) HM
69 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — S81 — First International Tunnel
At this point the Grand Trunk Western Railroad tunnel, linking Port Huron with Canada, passes underneath Military Street. This international submarine railway tunnel -- first in the world -- was opened in 1891. The tunnel's total length . . . Map (db m212487) HM
70 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Fort Gratiot
On this site stood Fort Gratiot Built 1814 by Capt. Charles Gratiot Abandoned 1879 Erected by Ottawawa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1914Map (db m212535) HM
71 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Fort Gratiot Light
In 1825, a lighthouse was established near the mouth of the St. Clair River, at the southern end of Lake Huron. It sat just north of Fort Gratiot, a military outpost that would give the lighthouse its name. That light, of poor construction and . . . Map (db m241417) HM
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72 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — S0332 — Fort Gratiot Light
This lighthouse, oldest in Michigan, was built in 1829 to replace a tower destroyed by a storm. Lucius Lyon, the builder, was Deputy Surveyor General of the Northwest Territory and later a United States senator from Michigan. In the 1860s workers . . . Map (db m156750) HM
73 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — 80 — Fort St. Joseph
Built near here in 1686 by the French explorer Duluth, this fort was the second white settlement in lower Michigan. This post guarded the upper end of the vital waterway joining Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Designed to bar English traders from the . . . Map (db m212488) HM
74 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Great Storm of 1913 and Sailors Memorial
[Side A] On November 7-10, 1913, two major storms collided over the Great Lakes. This created hurricane like winds that lasted over 16 hours, producing waves over forty feet tall. As the storm intensified, temperatures dropped below . . . Map (db m76068) HM
75 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Hammond American Legion Post 8 Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all the departed Post 8 Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion membersMap (db m76107) WM
76 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L970 — Harrington Hotel / Truman Honeymoon
Harrington Hotel The Harrington Hotel opened amid much fanfare in 1896. A unique blend of Romanesque, Classical and Queen Anne architecture, the hotel thrived for many years. As business declined due to the popularity of automobile . . . Map (db m212536) HM
77 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Immigration
Many people coming to the United States from other lands entered through this depot. By 1881, more than 77,000 immigrants first stepped foot on American soil here. Port Huron folks gathered here to see and hear the new arrivals, fascinated by . . . Map (db m79067) HM
78 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Intersection of Military Road and Indian Reservation
This tablet marks the intersection of the eastern line of the Indian Reservation surveyed in 1810 provided by the treaty made Nov. 17, 1807 between the U.S. Government and the Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawattamie [sic], and Wyandotte Indians with the . . . Map (db m76101) HM
79 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Jefferson Sheldon House
Jefferson Sheldon House Built in 1898Map (db m211206) HM
80 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Keepers Duties
Daily Duties of a Keeper...... • Hand carry fuel up to the lantern room and fueling the lamp. • Trimming the wicks (later, replacing the mantles and pumping up the oil vaporizer). • Regularly cleaning and polishing (with jeweler's . . . Map (db m76100) HM
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81 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Learning from Lake Huron
Lake Huron's basin was formed by glacier movement over 20,000 years ago. The lake was created when melting ice filled the basin gouged by the glaciers. Lake Huron took its present shape around 3,000 years ago. Lake Huron is the second largest . . . Map (db m76081) HM
82 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Making Tracks
The Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada opened the first track between here and Detroit in 1859. As years passed, other railroads reached Port Huron. A line to Flint opened in 1871. Another extended into the Thumb in 1879. In 1886, the Port . . . Map (db m76046) HM
83 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L1506 — Methodist Episcopal Church
(Side A) This congregation dates from 1849, when people worshipped in log barracks within Fort Gratiot. Known as the Mission of Fort Gratiot, it was served by circuit riders until 1859 when the Reverend Samuel Clemens began his tenure. The . . . Map (db m41198) HM
84 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Native Americans
Archaeologists found evidence of a native village (circa 1000 A.D.) located one block north of where you are standing. These prehistoric people fished the waters of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, hunted game and gathered foods in nearby . . . Map (db m76016) HM
85 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L1609 — Port Huron High School
On September 9, 1908, the third Port Huron High School building opened here, where two previous high schools had stood. Port Huron architect George Harvey designed this Second Renaissance Revival-style school, constructed of brick and limestone. A . . . Map (db m212489) HM
86 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — 2160 — Port Huron Public Library
In 1902 the city of Port Huron secured money from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to erect a municipal library. Two years later, this grand, Beaux-Arts-style building was completed at a cost of $45,000. Chicago architects Patton and Miller . . . Map (db m76105) HM
87 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — S734 — Port Huron to Mackinac Race / Yacht Clubs and World War II
Port Huron To Mackinac Race In 1924, members of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit raced a schooner named Lloyd W. Berry and won the 731-mile race from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda. Later that year, members of the Bayview Yacht . . . Map (db m241419) HM
88 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Seeing the Light
Evolution of Lighting the Way It has long been documented that the first shoreline lights were wood burning fires set on hillsides. Later, these wood fires were moved to the top of man-made towers. Wood however proved to be inefficient, as . . . Map (db m76076) HM
89 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Sending a Signal
Dense fog on Lake Huron could spell disaster to vessels filled with passengers and valuable cargo. When fog was present and visibility was poor, mariners were forced to rely on sound to navigate their way into the St. Clair River. Early fog . . . Map (db m76083) HM
90 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L2164 — Shiloh Baptist Church
On September 15, 1918, members of Port Huron’s African American community organized Shiloh Baptist Church in South Park, one of the city’s first black neighborhoods. By the early 1920s, the church had acquired the current building from a white . . . Map (db m212492) HM
91 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Ships on the St. Clair
The St. Clair River has always been an important part of the Great Lakes system. For centuries native people traveled throughout the region in canoes, as did the early French fur traders. In 1679, LaSalle's Griffon was the first sailing . . . Map (db m76015) HM
92 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — St. John’s United Church of ChristMichigan Sesquicentennial Organization
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of St. John's United Church of Christ Founded in 1864 For more than 150 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m241460) HM
93 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L796 — St. John's United Church of Christ
St. John’s congregation was organized by German immigrants in 1864. The original wood-frame structure was erected here in 1869-70 at a cost of five thousand dollars. In 1904 it was enlarged and extensively remodeled to create this . . . Map (db m212503) HM
94 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — The "John S. Martin"
On August 4, 1900, the "Fontana" sank while in these narrows. Several weeks later, on September 25, 1900, the "Martin", a 225 foot schooner with a load of iron ore, was being towed downbound from Lake Huron by the steamer "Grover". In attempting to . . . Map (db m41203) HM
95 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — The Port Huron Carferry: crossing the St. Clair River
The St. Clair River's narrow and swift current at this point made it an ideal location for a crossing. In the late 1800s, railroads crossed the region east from New York and Ontario and west from Wisconsin and Chicago. The St. Clair . . . Map (db m241461) HM
96 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — The St. Clair River
The water flowing past you comes from two countries, five states and three of the Great Lakes. A watershed is the area of land that drains runoff and smaller streams toward a larger body of water, such as a river or lake. Watersheds . . . Map (db m241935) HM
97 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — The Storm
The Great Storm of 1913 lasted from November 7th through the 11th. It is often referred to as the "Big Blow", the "Freshwater Fury" or the "White Hurricane". The storm hit four of the five Great Lakes, and was particularly ferocious in Lake . . . Map (db m76080) HM
98 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — Thomas Alva Edison
[Bas relief panels highlight significant events in Edison's life, including] Edison the railroad entrepreneur Edison the young scientist Edison inventionsMap (db m76067) HM
99 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — 283 — Tom Edison at Grand Trunk
The Grand Trunk Railroad depot to the right is where 12-year-old Tom Edison departed daily on the Port Huron-Detroit run. In 1859, the railroad's first year of operation. Tom persuaded the company to let him sell newspapers and confections on . . . Map (db m76017) HM
100 Michigan, St. Clair County, Port Huron — L1993 — Trinity Lutheran Church
In 1871 German speaking Lutherans organized this congregation under the leadership of the Reverend John F. Ruff. The parish moved from Erie Street to this area, known as “Deutschtown,” in 1874. This structure, dedicated in 1942, is the third . . . Map (db m241465) HM

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