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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Washtenaw County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County, MI (279) Jackson County, MI (119) Lenawee County, MI (133) Livingston County, MI (66) Monroe County, MI (188) Oakland County, MI (451) Wayne County, MI (556)  WashtenawCounty(279) Washtenaw County (279)  JacksonCounty(119) Jackson County (119)  LenaweeCounty(133) Lenawee County (133)  LivingstonCounty(66) Livingston County (66)  MonroeCounty(188) Monroe County (188)  OaklandCounty(451) Oakland County (451)  WayneCounty(556) Wayne County (556)
Ann Arbor is the county seat for Washtenaw County
Adjacent to Washtenaw County, Michigan
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      Lenawee County (133)  
      Livingston County (66)  
      Monroe County (188)  
      Oakland County (451)  
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1 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Alpha Delta Phi
On August 18, 2018, the Brothers of the Peninsular Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi re-dedicated this house, originally built in 1910, as a completely renovated home for future generations of Alpha Delts. Certain Brothers deserve special mention for . . . Map (db m211411) HM
2 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — At Home in the 19th Century
Civic leader Silas Douglas, dean of the UM medical faculty and twice mayor of Ann Arbor, lived in this home at 502 East Huron Street from 1848 until 1902. His three daughters, Kate, Marie, and Louise, shown here around 1890, enjoyed the luxuries . . . Map (db m125168) HM
3 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Centers for Communications on Courthouse Square
Ann Arbor's early centers for communications, including newspaper, postal, and telegraph offices, were all located in buildings facing Courthouse Square. The telegraph line between Detroit and Ann Arbor was opened on Christmas Day in 1847. The . . . Map (db m156638) HM
4 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — S0584 — Central Title Service Building
On August 6, 1845, the first graduation ceremony for the University of Michigan was held in this building, which was then the First Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1817 in Detroit, the first university of the state moved to Ann Arbor in 1837, the . . . Map (db m182361) HM
5 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Changing Retail Patterns
In 1896 the Crescent Works, manufacturers of custom-made corsets and "comfortable waists," moved into the upper floors of the new Pratt Block (above). For a few years the corset salesroom was in the central bay on the street between the Portland . . . Map (db m156059) HM
6 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Downtown Movie Theaters
When the Orpheum opened in 1913 at 326 South Main Street, the event drew such a crowd that people had to be turned away. Constructed by clothier J. Fred Wuerth, it was the first theater in town built to show movies. Earlier, one-reel films were . . . Map (db m156465) HM
7 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Early Power and Transportation
From the hill above Plank Road in the 1870s (North Main Street today), you could look back toward where you are now standing and view sources of Ann Arbor’s early power and transportation. In the panorama find your location, along with the dam, . . . Map (db m182210) HM
8 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — First National Building — 1929
First National Building 1929 This Property Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The InteriorMap (db m181031) HM
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9 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Four World Records — Jesse Owens
Four World Records Established on Ferry Field at the Big Ten track meet Ann Arbor May 25, 1935 Broad Jump 26 ft. 8-1/4 inches. 220 yds low hurdles 22.6 seconds. 220 yd sprint 20.3 seconds. 100 yd dash 9/4 seconds. Jesse Owens 1913 . . . Map (db m63269) HM
10 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — From Industry to Parks
Alber & Co., one of the city’s earliest blacksmith and wagon shops, once stood in front of you where State Street ended at Broadway after crossing the railroad. Factories, mills, slaughterhouses, and tanneries operated nearby as well as three . . . Map (db m182208) HM
11 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — From Liveries to Taxis
Walker's, opened in 1907, was one of the city's largest liveries, with more than thirty horses and a wide variety of buggies, wagons, and sleighs for rent. Adelbert Walker lived next door and took great pride in his two teams of white Arabian . . . Map (db m177083) HM
12 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Ideation Building — 1983
In the year 1900, the first building erected on this site was the two story office and residence of Victor C. Vaugh, M. D. From 1905 thorugh the early part of the twentieth century the building was occupied by various Ann Arbor businesses, . . . Map (db m177344) HM
13 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — John F. Kennedy Defines The Peace Corps
Here at 2:00 AM on October 14, 1960, John Fitzgerald Kennedy first defined the Peace Corps. He stood at the place marked by the medallion and was cheered by a large and enthusiastic student audience for the hope and promise his idea gave the world.Map (db m181719) HM
14 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — L236 — Kempf House
Cast iron grilles in an ancient Greek floral motif highlight the frieze of this temple-front Greek Revival house. Built in 1853 for Henry D. Bennett, Secretary and Steward of the University of Michigan, it became the home and studio of local . . . Map (db m125085) HM
15 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Lower Town's Flour Mills
On the site in front of you in 1860, William Sinclair built the flour mill shown above and circled in the birdseye on right. Lower Town founder Anson Brown had erected the first mill here in 1833. Brown dammed the Huron River upstream to create . . . Map (db m183336) HM
16 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Main Street Shopping Expands
In 1871 tavern keeper and developer Henry Binder replaced the old house on this corner with an elaborate three-story brick building (inset upper left). Plank sidewalks, hitching posts, dirt streets, and gas lamps were typical of the era. As . . . Map (db m155604) HM
17 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — 11 — Michigan Union — 1904/1919
The University of Michigan Union was founded in 1904 to unite men's student organizations, and to promote university spirit and social interaction among Michigan men. In 1906, the Union organization acquired the home of Judge Thomas M. Cooley for . . . Map (db m178555) HM
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18 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Michigan Union 75th Anniversary
The Michigan Union 75th Anniversary Founded June 20, 1904 Rededicated Octorber 12, 1979 As The Home Of Campus Life For Present Past, And Future Students Of The University Of Michigan And As A Unifying Force In The Life Of Its . . . Map (db m181720) HM
19 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Michigan Union Fifty Year History
In this column are stored documents which record the fifty year history of the Michigan Union's contribution to the academic community and its place as the hearthstone of the campus providing cultural, social, and recreational programs, serving . . . Map (db m209645) HM
20 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Residential Life in Mid-19th Century Ann Arbor
In 1858 Main Street jeweler Joseph C. Watts built his large brick home on the northeast corner of Liberty and Division within easy walking distance of his Main Street shop. Multiple fireplaces, a roof-top widow's walk, and ornate trim in the . . . Map (db m125134) HM
21 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
In 1869 German settlers, led by the Reverend Frederick Schmid, organized the first Lutheran congregation in Northfield Township. The original church on the site was dedicated in 1874. On March 13, 1932, the church and parsonage were destroyed by . . . Map (db m170945) HM
22 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — S494 — St. Patrick's Church
Catholicism in Northfield Township dates from the early nineteenth century. In 1829 Father Patrick O’Kelly, a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, was sent to the area to minister to the Irish Catholics who were settling in southwestern Michigan. The first . . . Map (db m183146) HM
23 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — St. Patrick's Civil War Memorial
Civil War Veterans 1861 - 1865 William W. Boyle Daniel Donovan Patrick Leanord James W. Mead Maurice O'Conner Patrick H. O'Connor James Sage John Shannon James W. Tobin Michael Trainor James Welch John O'Connor James . . . Map (db m183202) WM
24 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Terhune Memorial Park
Terhune Memorial Park contains the gravestones of John Terhune, Sarah Vreeland Terhune, and Emily Whitmore. The stones were moved to this location from the cemetery at the corner of Packard and Burton Roads by the Daughters of the American . . . Map (db m198487) HM
25 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — The 19th-Century Neighborhood
Most of the 19th-century homes and churches built between downtown (upper left) and UM campus (lower right) have been lost to 20th-century commercial expansion. In what was once a neighborhood of quiet, unpaved tree-lined streets, residents could . . . Map (db m125566) HM
26 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — The Agricultural Works and Lower Town
In 1866 Lewis Moore and his son Eli began building an agricultural implement factory on the north bank of the river on the site of an old paper mill. By 1896 the Ann Arbor Agricultural Works, seen above in a fanciful drawing, covered three . . . Map (db m182207) HM
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27 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — The James Foster House of Art
In 1913 James and Clarice Foster attached a modern addition to their Italianate home and rooming house and moved their "House of Art" store from its original location on the corner of Liberty and State. The addition "stands as peaceful and . . . Map (db m177581) HM
28 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — The Last Deposit
On a hot August night in 1927 four fully loaded interurban freight cars, parked near the County Fairgrounds (out Jackson Ave., where Veterans Park is today), broke loose from their couplings and began rolling back to town. Gaining momentum with . . . Map (db m169814) HM
29 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — L1857 — Thomas Church / St. Thomas Cemetery
Thomas Church In 1833 the Basel Mission Institute of Switzerland sent Friedrick Schmid as its first missionary to the United States. Schmid is credited with founding some twenty churches in Michigan, including the Thomas Church. At first . . . Map (db m169888) HM
30 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor — Uptown Theaters
The Michigan Theater opened January 5, 1928, acclaimed as Ann Arbor's own movie palace—"a shrine to art." Ida Mae Chadwick and her Dizzy Blondes, a flapper dance revue, accompanied the silent film "A Hero for a Night" with a live orchestra and . . . Map (db m177028) HM
31 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Allen — 50 Years of Friendship
Hikone, Shiga, Japan Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. Sister Cities, 1969-2019 "50 Years of Friendship"Map (db m176531) HM
32 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Allen — L237 — Ticknor-Campbell House
Side 1 In 1844 Benjamin Ticknor, a U.S. naval surgeon from Connecticut, built this Classic Revival house on his 183-acre farm in Pittsfield Township. He used cobblestone construction, which originated in upstate New York. The rear wing . . . Map (db m101798) HM
33 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — AC-25 — Forest Hill
Forest Hill is typical of the "rural tradition" cemetery design which emphasizes its natural setting. This design originated in France and was first seen in Greenwood Cemetery in New York. This cemetery, as well as Highland in Ypsilanti, was . . . Map (db m181766) HM
34 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — How It Happened
The Solution A lot went into creating this beautiful setting on the river. In collaboration with the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Nichols Arboretum used this project to demonstrate principles of soft . . . Map (db m161980) HM
35 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — Nichols Arboretum
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36 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — L1075 — Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House Constructed in 1902-03Map (db m189351) HM
37 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — Riverbank Rescue
The Problem The river front is a much loved aspect of the Arboretum. But there was trouble in paradise. Heavy use, lack of vegetation, concrete and the natural flow of the river all contributed to severe degradation of the banks. Without a . . . Map (db m161701) HM
38 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — Shagbark Hickory — Carya ovata, ~65-70 years old
Mighty Tough • The National Forest Service's manual of native trees states that "no commercial species of wood is equal to it in combined strength, toughness, hardness, and stiffness." • The wood is excellent for burning and is used to . . . Map (db m162142) HM
39 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — Simpson Memorial Institute — 1927
The Thomas Henry Simpson Memorial Institute for Medical Research combined medical research and patient care activities, provided research experience for medical and postgraduate students, direct care to its patients on the third floor, and . . . Map (db m108898) HM
40 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — Washtenaw County War Memorial
In memory of the soldiers and sailors of Washtenaw County who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865, also those who served in the war with Spain, 1898. Erected A. D. 1914.Map (db m26659) HM
41 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — Weeping Japanese Cherry — Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' ~60 years old
Symbol of Friendship • In 1912, the Japanese government donated thousands of cherry trees to the United States as a symbol of friendship. • U-M alumni living in Japan donated this specimen in Dow Field. Planted in 1957 . . . Map (db m162009) HM
42 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Angell — White Willow — Salix alba, ~95 years old
Behind the Scenes • Willows filter contaminants from wastewater and can be used in ecological wastewater treatment systems. • Salix alba, with the ability to hybridize, has an estimated 300 sub-species and named hybrids. • . . . Map (db m162448) HM
43 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — A Second Shopping District
Town and gown came together on State Street after 1870 to create Ann Arbor's second shopping district. Grocers, barbers, and tailors served both communities, while billiard parlors, dining halls, bathhouses, and bookstores catered to the growing . . . Map (db m178069) HM
44 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Acacia — May 12, 1904 - May 12, 1929
In honor of the founders of Acacia, the National Council of the Fraternity has caused this tablet to be erected on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the order at the University of Michigan, where the Fraternity was instituted. • . . . Map (db m181713) HM
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45 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 18 — Alumni Memorial Hall — 1910
Following the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) a movement began to create a war memorial to University of Michigan persons who had served in any of the nation's wars. A committee of the Alumni Association sought to raise funds for a suitable memorial, and . . . Map (db m211408) HM
46 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Ann Arbor High School
Innovative education has been connected to this site ever since the Union School opened in 1856 as a school for all grades (inset above). Ann Arbor's Argus newspaper reported people "moving here to take advantage of our model Union . . . Map (db m177609) HM
47 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Campus Patterns of Residential Life
Large, luxurious homes with extensive grounds lined Washtenaw Avenue when UM Librarian Andrew Ten Brook built his mansion across the street in the 1860s. Financial hardship soon required Ten Brook’s wife to open a boarding house, providing meals . . . Map (db m134521) HM
48 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Charles Fox
Professor of Agriculture, the first one chosen for this university, he had already won for himself and his studies many friends, and the people were aroused to great hope for this new science. While holding this office for only the second year, he . . . Map (db m181724) HM
49 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Delta Sigma Delta
November 15, 1982 This Plaque Commemorates The One Hundredth Anniversary Of The Founding Of Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity In Ann Arbor, Michigan November 15, 1882 Ezra Lincoln Kern, Lyndal Llewellyn Davis, . . . Map (db m181692) HM
50 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — L1834 — Delta Upsilon Fraternity
Delta Upsilon Fraternity Built 1903Map (db m181690) HM
51 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Douglass Houghton
In Memoriam Douglass Houghton, M.D. professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy and Geology in this University and head of the geological survey in this state. Learned in science, zealous in action while fearlessly engaged in public work, he perished by the . . . Map (db m181725) HM
52 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 5 — East University Avenue Campus Boundary — 1837
This plaque marks East University Avenue, which served as the eastern boundary of the original forty acres of land deeded to the State of Michigan in 1837 by the Ann Arbor Land Company for the location of the University of Michigan.Map (db m109021) HM
53 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Engineering at Michigan — 1854-2004
The first public university in America to award degrees in engineering, the University of Michigan was among the earliest institutions of higher education to offer programs in aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, . . . Map (db m100411) HM
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54 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 6 — First Medical Buildings — 1850-1925
The original Medical Building was built in 1850 on the current site of Randall Laboratory, and provided the principal space for lectures, recitations, anatomical dissections, faculty offices, and laboratories from 1850 to 1903. Clinical diagnosis, . . . Map (db m108917) HM
55 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — First Presbyterian Church Cornerstone
This Cornerstone Is From The Original Church At Huron and Division Streets. That Building Was Demolished In 1935. The Cornerstone Was Placed Here In August Of 2003.Map (db m181693) HM
56 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — AN-52 — Geddesburg
Founded in 1832 by John and Robert Geddes, the agricultural milling hamlet of Geddesburg illustrates the tradition of water-power economic opportunity which spurred westward expansion in 19th century America. Traversed by two Native American . . . Map (db m171187) HM
57 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — S415 — Governor Alpheus Felch
Born in Maine in 1804, Felch graduated from Bowdoin College in 1827. Entering the legal profession, he moved to Michigan in 1833 and after 1843 resided in Ann Arbor. A lifelong Democrat, Felch was governor in 1846-47, serving previously as justice . . . Map (db m109001) HM
58 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Joseph Whiting
To the memory of Joseph Whiting A.M. Minister of the Gospel who after he had filled the office of president of an academy of the University of Michigan in exemplary fashion then was selected for the chair of Latin and Greek in that same university. . . . Map (db m181728) HM
59 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 17 — Law Quadrangle — 1924-1933
University of Michigan alumnus William W. Cook (1880, 1882law) believed that the character of the legal profession depended on the character of Law Schools, and that the character of the Law Schools forecasted the future of America. In support of . . . Map (db m100342) HM
60 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — S601 — Martha Cook Building
Side 1 The Martha Cook Building first housed women students of the University of Michigan in 1915. New York lawyer William W. Cook, a Michigan alumnus, donated the building. The Collegiate Gothic residence was named for Cook's mother, . . . Map (db m93666) HM
61 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — McDivitt-White Plaza
James A. McDivitt, Jr. (BSE AeroE '59, Hon PhD Astro Sci '65) Edward H. White, II (MSE AeroE '59, Hon PhD Astro Sci '65) On June 8, 1965, during their second orbit around Earth, command pilot James A. McDivitt controlled the spacecraft . . . Map (db m181701) HM
62 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Michigan Chapter of the Scabbard and Blade
Michigan Chapter Scabbard And Blade F Co., 4th Regiment Founded March 5th, 1923 By K.S. Andersson • V.S.Firestone • W.A. Brice • M.J. Hinkley • C. Crawford • M.M. Maddin • D.W. Dressler • A.H. Robins • G. . . . Map (db m181705) HM WM
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63 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics
This plaque honors the Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics, 1928-1941, under the leadership of Harrison Randall. During this period virtually every world-renowned physicist lectured at the symposium, which played a critical role in . . . Map (db m100470) HM
64 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — L1037 — Michigan's First Jewish Cemetery
At this site the first Jewish cemetery in Michigan was established in 1848-49. The Jews Society of Ann Arbor acquired burial rights to this land adjacent to what was then the public cemetery. Several years earlier, immigrants from Germany and . . . Map (db m127346) HM
65 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 14 — Rackham School of Graduate Studies — 1938
Horace H. and Mary A. Rackham, generous donors to the University of Michigan, established the Rackham Fund in 1933 “for the benefit of humanity.” Feeling that the graduate school offered possibilities of the most far-reaching benefits, . . . Map (db m65357) HM
66 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Robert Brackett Memorial
In Memory Of Professor Robert D. Brackett National Director And Founder Of Sigma Rho Tau 1966Map (db m181715) HM
67 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Samuel Denton
Professor of Medicine in the University of Michigan for ten years from 1850. He taught Pathology and the Theory and Practice of Medicine. Born July 2, 1803, at Vallkill, New York, he studied medicine at Castleton, Vermont where he received the M.D. . . . Map (db m181729) HM
68 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Social and Political Change on South University
When local merchants began the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July 1960, South University catered to both townspeople and students. During 40 years of social and political change, the fair grew into a city-wide extravaganza. In the twentieth century, as . . . Map (db m109062) HM
69 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — South University and Forest Avenues
Blaich's grocery, added to an old house on this site in 1895, was the first commercial building on South University. Forty years later, as Miller's, it was a popular place to enjoy ice cream. sodas, and sandwiches. The old wooden building was . . . Map (db m181694) HM
70 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Spanish-American War Memorial
Erected In Honor Of The U of M Men Who Fought In The War Against Spain Class of ’99Map (db m181717) WM
71 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 9 — Tappan Hall — 1894
Named for the university's first President in Ann Arbor, Henry. Philip Tappan, and completed in 1894 for use by the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts, Tappan Hall has served the university in many ways, In addition to housing LS&A classes, . . . Map (db m181718) HM
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72 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 20 — The Central Forty and The Diag
In 1837, the University of Michigan was relocated from Detroit to Ann Arbor where the Ann Arbor Land Company had donated forty acres of land for the site of the university. This original forty acre campus was the area of Central Campus bounded by . . . Map (db m140415) HM
73 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The Corners of South University and East University Avenues
In the 1898 panorama above, campus buildings had not yet reached this corner. The School of Engineering and its shops can be seen in the distance. Cousins and Hall greenhouses and florist shop occupied most of the first block across South . . . Map (db m109051) HM
74 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The Denison Archway
So named in honor of him who suggested the idea of constructing it Professor Charles Simeon Denison, for forty-two years teacher of stereotomy, mechanism, and drawing in the University of Michigan. This tablet is placed here by his . . . Map (db m100445) HM
75 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The Making of a Great University
When classes began in 1841, Mason Hall (left) housed classrooms, a chapel, a library, a museum, and dormitory rooms. Two professors taught thirteen students Greek, Latin, mathematics, and rhetoric. South College (right), a second . . . Map (db m145739) HM
76 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The Michigan Ross Bur Oak — A Symbol of the Community
Conserving our living history For 200 years or more, a majestic bur oak and its companions grew on a site that eventually became home to the Ross School of Business. But when the school took on a new construction project in 2014, concerns . . . Map (db m124106) HM
77 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The Michigan Union and the Peace Corps
At 2 a.m., October 14, 1960, three weeks before the election, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed a densely packed crowd in front of the Michigan Union. In a three-minute impromptu speech, he challenged them to contribute a part of . . . Map (db m134565) HM
78 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 1 — The President's House — 1840
Completed in the summer of 1840, this stucco-over-brick house was one of four dwellings built for professors after relocation of the University to Ann Arbor in 1837. It has been the University's chief official residence and the center of social . . . Map (db m126314) HM
79 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 3 — The Professors' Monument
This cenotaph stands as a monument to the untimely deaths of four professors in the early years of the University of Michigan. It was erected in 1846 following the death of Joseph Whiting, Professor of Greek and Latin Languages. Panels were added . . . Map (db m184113) HM
80 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The University Expands
In 1913 Hill Auditorium replaced science professor Alexander Winchell's 1858 brick octagon house. It was among several large homes on North University, one of four tree-lined boulevards surrounding the original campus. Harper's Weekly . . . Map (db m178008) HM
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81 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club — "In Tradition, Camaraderie, and Musical Excellence" — 1859 - 150th Anniversary - 2009 —
In the 19th century, at universities throughout the United States, students came together in celebration of their love of song to form glee clubs. Leading the trend was the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, founded in 1859. Through the years, . . . Map (db m100603) HM
82 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture
The 1954 Michigras parade, with elaborate student floats, passed the Michigan Theater on its way up Liberty Street. The parade and the theater were part of an entertainment tradition of "gown" and "town" coming together to shape Ann Arbor's . . . Map (db m177258) HM
83 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — University of Michigan Campus 1907
By the end of James B. Angell's 38-year presidency, a row of impressive buildings lined State Street. The Law BUilding (left) had been enlarged, and the original dome on University Hall replaced. The University Museum, with its square tower, was . . . Map (db m181722) HM
84 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 13 — West Engineering - West Hall — 1904/1910
Designed by the Detroit firm of George Mason and Albert Kahn, the New Engineering Building was completed in 1904, and enlarged through expansion of its east wing in 1910. Created to anchor the southeast end of the original campus, the building . . . Map (db m181702) HM
85 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — 16 — William L. Clements Library — 1923
William L. Clements (1882, LLD 1934hon) was a regent of the University of Michigan (1910-1933) whose life-long avocation was the collection of books, maps and related materials on American History from 1492 to 1800. In 1922, he donated to the . . . Map (db m93665) HM
86 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Burns Park — Xi Psi Phi Fraternity
Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity was founded February 8, 1889 at the University of Michigan by Lewis C. Thayer • Arthur A. Deyde • Walter H. Booth • William F. Gary • Eldon Waterloo • Gordon G McCoyMap (db m181716) HM
87 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Germantown — L1046 — Bethlehem United Church of Christ
In the late 1820s and early 1830s many German Protestant immigrants settled in the Ann Arbor area. Desiring to worship in German, they wrote to Switzerland's Basel Mission to request a pastor. On August 20, 1833, the Reverend Friedrich Schmid . . . Map (db m155464) HM
88 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — A Corner Landmark on Huron and North Fourth
The Hamilton Block, later known as the Cornwell Building, was built in 1882 across from the Cook House Hotel. The first floor housed the Postal Telegraph Cable Co. in the 1890s, a bowling alley for a time, and later the Cornwell Coal Co. When . . . Map (db m171576) HM
89 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — A Former Bank and Estate on Ann Street
On the northeast corner of Ann St. and Fourth Ave. is the structure built in 1836 to house the short-lived Bank of Washtenaw. A stuccoed Greek Revival building, it was remodeled as a residence in 1847 for local businessman Volney Chapin, whose . . . Map (db m171332) HM
90 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — A Meeting Place for Ann Arbor's Black Community
In 1921 the Colored Welfare League bought the Kayser Block on North Fourth Ave. (above right) and used it as a center to help settle black workers who migrated to Ann Arbor in the 1920s. It gradually became an African American community center . . . Map (db m171335) HM
91 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Architecture & Business on Courthouse Square
By the late 1870s, Ann Arbor was a thriving and prosperous business center. The streets facing Courthouse Square contained some of the town's grandest commercial buildings. Originally, the northwest corner of Main and Huron was the site of a . . . Map (db m163838) HM
92 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Building New Around Old: The Construction of the Present Courthouse
Washtenaw County solved a dilemma in 1954. By the terms of town founder John Allen's original gift, proceeds of the sale of the Courthouse Square land might go to Allen's heirs, not to the county, if it were sold for other use. That . . . Map (db m156710) HM
93 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Commerce on the "Ann Street Block"
Behind you, just to your left, the "Ann Street Block" still houses storefronts, offices, and residences. It was built in 1871 as the Hoban Block after fire destroyed earlier buildings. Customers came to butchers, grocery stores, saloons, . . . Map (db m171331) HM
94 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Courthouse Square: A Center of Civic Life
Citizens from town, country, and university gathered on Courthouse Square for important civic events. In 1861, friends of the Union assembled there to hear reports of the Confederate army attack on Fort Sumter. On April 15, university president . . . Map (db m166696) HM
95 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Departing Heroes and the Home Front
Little more than four weeks after the sinking of the battleship Maine, volunteers in Company A of the Michigan National Guard posed on the courthouse steps on April 26, 1898, before leaving to fight in the Spanish-American War. . . . Map (db m166773) HM
96 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Essential City Services
Fred Sipley (circled) was the police marshal before he became the first full-time fire chief in 1889. His successor as chief, Charles Edwards, stands left of the horses in this 1906 photograph. Fires from oil lamps and wood-burning stoves were a . . . Map (db m181731) HM
97 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Hospitality on Courthouse Square
Streets surrounding Courthouse Square were the site of most of Ann Arbor's largest hotels from the 1830s until 1990. Cook's Hotel was the first of five that have occupied the site before you. It was followed in 1871 by the larger "Cook House," a . . . Map (db m157643) HM
98 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — Main Street in the 1890s
When this photo was taken in 1893, "Lost in New York" was playing at Hill's Opera House at the southwest corner of Main and Ann streets. Down the block, Charles J. Shetterly, barber, offered billiards and hot and cold baths, and students and . . . Map (db m171570) HM
99 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — 261 — Michigan Becomes a State
On this site, in 1836, delegates from all parts of Michigan met in Washtenaw County's first courthouse to consider a proposal by Congress for settling the boundary dispute between Michigan and Ohio. Both claimed a narrow strip of land, including . . . Map (db m156703) HM
100 Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Kerrytown — New City Government, New Issues, and a New City Hall
The 1963 City Hall, designed by architect Alden Dow, became an instant magnet for demonstrations. Even before landscaping was completed, picketers began protesting to end discrimination in rental housing based on race, creed, color, or national . . . Map (db m181732) HM

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