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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Adrian, Michigan

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Adrian is the county seat for Lenawee County
Adrian is in Lenawee County
      Lenawee County (132)  
      Hillsdale County (60)  
      Jackson County (46)  
      Monroe County (185)  
      Washtenaw County (259)  
      Fulton County, Ohio (98)  
      Lucas County, Ohio (360)  
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1Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — A Bench By The Road
There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of or recollect the absences of slaves; nothing that reminds us of the ones who made the journey and of those who did not make it. There is no . . . Map (db m182367) HM
2Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — A Tribute to Sage Union(Walsh Hall) 1923-2018
Sage Union, originally named Walsh Hall when constructed in 1923, was located in the greenspace, which now showcased the magnificent view of Trinity Gardens from Siena Heights Drive. This building was once "The Hub" of campus activity. For decades, . . . Map (db m182384) HM
3Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian & The Republican Party
Entering the 1850s, the Democratic Party was the nation's leading political party. The party identified with both state and individual rights, making it very popular in the South where whites feared that the North might use the . . . Map (db m182366) HM
4Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian Civil War Memorial
By such as these was our Union saved in the Great Struggle of '61-'65 (Plaque 1) In memory of 4th. Mich. Cav. Henry E. McLouth • Orin D. McLouth • William Bidelnan • Henry A. Barnard • Augustus Rabold • Willian Housman • . . . Map (db m182779) WM
5Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — 227 — Adrian College
Chartered on March 28, 1859, Adrian College traces its origins back to a Wesleyan Methodist theological institute founded at Leoni, Michigan in 1845. This institution later became Michigan Union College. Strongly antislavery in its sentiments, the . . . Map (db m102933) HM
6Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian College Veterans Memorial
With this yellow ribbon, Adrian College honors the sacrifice, bravery and selfless service of all the men and women in our armed forces. Adrian College is grateful for your dedication to the protection of the freedoms all Americans enjoy.Map (db m165586) WM
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7Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L2263 — Adrian Fire Department / Adrian Engine House No. 1
Adrian Fire Department Adrian founded its fire department in 1841. By 1851, it had 102 male volunteers, who served in two companies. They pulled hand pumpers and hose carts to fires, using water from city-built reservoirs. In 1867, the city . . . Map (db m102861) HM
8Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L1844 — Adrian Monthly Meetinghouse / Raisin Valley Friends Church
Adrian Monthly Meetinghouse Quakers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania settled in southeastern Michigan in the early nineteenth century. In June 1831 Adrian Quakers held their first meeting in the home of Darius Comstock. In 1834 . . . Map (db m102686) HM
9Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — S0478 — Adrian Union Hall
In 1863 Charles M. Croswell (Michigan governor 1877-1881) formed an association to construct a new theater. An 1866 bird’s-eye view of Adrian shows the completed exterior. Originally designated the Adrian Union Hall, by 1887 it was called Croswell . . . Map (db m180273) HM
10Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian's Governors
William Greenly was born in New York and came to Adrian in 1836. He became a lawyer and in 1838 was elected a state senator on the Democratic ticket. In 1846 Greenly was elected lieutenant governor. When Governor Alpheus Felch resigned a year . . . Map (db m104377) HM
11Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian's Prominent Leaders
Thomas Cooley was the greatest lawyer and judge ever to come out of Lenawee County and is generally considered the finest legal mind Michigan produced during the nineteenth century. During the 1840s and 1850s, Cooley partnered with several local . . . Map (db m104514) HM
12Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — S679 — Camp Williams / Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry
Camp Williams At the outbreak of the Civil War in early 1861, the trustees of Adrian College offered the use of campus buildings and grounds to the Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry for training. This became known as Camp Williams. The . . . Map (db m102927) HM
13Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Charles Miller Croswell
In memory of Charles Miller Croswell Born at Newburgh New York 31 October 1825 Died 13 December 1886 Secretary of the State Convention at Jackson where the Republican Party of Michigan was organized Mayor of Adrian State . . . Map (db m102863) HM
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14Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — 3 — Cooley Law OfficeMichigan Legal Milestones
Here on the south side of Maumee Street in 1848, Thomas M. Cooley, a giant of the Michigan Law, established his first law office. He was a partner in the firm of Beaman, Beecher and Cooley and then established a law firm with Charles M. Croswell, . . . Map (db m102922) HM
15Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L368 — County Courthouse
Lenawee County was first settled in 1824 at Tecumseh, which the Territorial Legislature subsequently made the county seat. Pioneers, mostly from upper New York State, then established Blissfield and Adrian, the later called Logan. The largest Indian . . . Map (db m102761) HM
16Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Frank Navin & The Detroit Tigers
Frank Navin was the most famous Adrian native involved in professional baseball in his day. Born in Adrian in 1871, Navin went to Detroit in 1889, where he worked as a bookkeeper. He eventually became the right-hand man to Sanuel F. Angus, the . . . Map (db m104549) HM
17Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — HB12 — Governor Charles M. Croswell / Croswell House
Governor Charles M. Croswell Charles Miller Croswell (1825-1886) was born in New York. A lawyer and civic leader, he was secretary of the Republican Party's founding convention in Jackson. He also drafted Michigan's act ratifying the XIII . . . Map (db m169876) HM
18Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Grant B. Swift
Grant Swift shared his enthusiasm and energy as manager of the Lenawee County Fair for 23 years. Through his leadership and vision, the fair grew phenomenally as it expanded and flourished. Grant's passion for the fair business fueled his desire . . . Map (db m187555) HM
19Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — History of Kiwanis Trail and Trestle Park
Early in 1974, with much foresight, the City of Adrian adopted a Land Use Plan that called for the acquisition of all river bank property between Riverside and Island Parks. The goal was to connect the two major city parks with a walkway. A major . . . Map (db m104477) HM
20Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — History of the Adrian Kiwanis Club
The Adrian Kiwanis Club was begun in 1940, some 35 years after Kiwanis was founded in Detroit. The Adrian club was chartered by the Hillsdale Kiwanis Club and Charter Night was September 25, 1940 with an initial membership of 34. The purpose of . . . Map (db m169877) HM
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21Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Laura Haviland1808 - 1898
Laura Haviland, affectionately known as Aunt Laura, is probably the best-known and most-admired person who ever lived in Lenawee County. The reason for this admiration and acclaim lies in Mrs. Haviland's life-long devotion to helping others and in . . . Map (db m169285) HM
22Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Laura Smith Haviland1808 - 1898
Front Side Erected by the Adrian Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Haviland Memorial Association "I was thirsty and ye gave me drink." Matthew XXV 35 Left Side A tribute to a life consecrated to the . . . Map (db m103220) HM
23Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L2102 — Lenawee County Fairgrounds
The Agricultural Society of Lenawee County organized and held its first fair in 1839, making it one of Michigans oldest county fairs. The fair originally took place in downtown Adrian between River Street and the River Raisin. In 1879 the grandstand . . . Map (db m102733) HM
24Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Lenawee County Korean War Memorial
Honoring and remembering Lenawee County Veterans who served during the Korean War June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955Map (db m182370) WM
25Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Lenawee County Spanish War Memorial1898     1902
In honor of United Spanish War Veterans of Lenawee CountyMap (db m182371) WM
26Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Lenawee County Vietnam War Memorial
However and wherever we are we must live as if one never dies Nazim Hikmet Dedicated by the people of Lenawee County to it's deceased Vietnam Veterans Duane R. Keil Adrian • Floyd A. Hyder ★ . . . Map (db m182780) WM
27Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Lenawee County World Terrorism Veterans Memorial
In memory of all Lenawee County Veterans who gave their lives fighting for American freedom against world terrorism Dedicated Veterans Day, November 11th, 2006 by the City of Adrian and the United Veterans Council Of Lenawee County . . . Map (db m182369) WM
28Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Lenawee County World War Honor Roll1917       1918
Dedicated to the memory of Lenawee County men who gave their lives for liberty and justice in the World War. Claud T. Annis • Harold Bachman • Lloyd C. Bailey • Ward B. Baughey • Oliver M. Biggs • Edward E. Biskupski • Orvel V. . . . Map (db m182918) WM
29Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Lenawee County World War II Memorial
This Time Capsule to be opened July, 2045 was placed here In commemoration of the World War II Veterans 50th Anniversary 1945 - 1995 and the Victory Pope Concert of 1995 by the City of Adrian and the United Veterans . . . Map (db m182372) WM
30Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Maple Lane Manor
From 1838 to 1970 the Maple Lane Manor was a home provided by the county for the aged. At least 85 of those who died at the manor are buried in this cemetery on the Maple Lane Manor Farm. John Seward 03-28-1898 • William B. Wallace 12-18-1901 • . . . Map (db m159747) HM
31Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L2047 — Oakwood Cemetery
With its parklike setting, wooded pathways and variety of monuments, Oakwood Cemetery is an outstanding Victorian Era cemetery. Local citizens, including Adrian founder Addison Comstock, created Oakwood Cemetery in 1848. Originally 22 acres, by 1968 . . . Map (db m102687) HM
32Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Professional Baseball in Adrian
Adrian got to experience professional baseball in 1894 when the Adrian Light Guard baseball team was formed to play in the Michigan Baseball League. Although the league lasted only one year, Adrian fielded great players such as star pitcher and . . . Map (db m104596) HM
33Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Robertson Building
Charles L. Robertson, born October 27, 1880 grew in Blissfield, Michigan. Charles started his law practice in Lenawee County in 1902 and completed the construction of the Robertson Building in 1960. The Building served as the law offices of . . . Map (db m182368) HM
34Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L1697 — Sacred Heart Hall
Sacred Heart Hall, designed by Detroit architect Peter Dederichs, was built in 1922 to house Saint Joseph’s College. In 1919 Mother Camilla Madden and the Adrian Dominican Sisters founded Saint Joseph’s College as a liberal arts and teacher training . . . Map (db m180274) HM
35Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Saint Joseph Bell
Three bells were originally placed in the St. Joseph belfry January of 1882. The largest of these cracked in 1892 and was replaced in 1895 by this 1500lb. bell. It rang for about a century before it also cracked and was replaced in May of 2007.Map (db m187552) HM
36Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — 1716 — Saint Joseph Rectory
Michigan Registered Historic Site Saint Joseph Rectory Built in 1889 Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State Registered Local Site No. 1716 Property of the State of Michigan, 1993Map (db m187554) HM
37Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — 1716 — Saint Joseph School
Michigan Registered Historic Site Saint Joseph School Built in 1884 Burea of History, Michigan Department of State Registered Local Site No. 1716 Property of the State of Michigan, 1993Map (db m187553) HM
38Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L1381 — Second Baptist Church
In 1866 Laura Smith Haviland, a former abolitionist, persuaded several African Americans in Washington, DC. to migrate to Adrian. Three years later the Reverend A. I. J. Jackson led the settlers in founding the Second Baptist Church. The . . . Map (db m102762) HM
39Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — South Hall BellPresented by the Class of 1984
Installed atop South Hall in 1872, this bell marked the pace of life at Adrian College for many years. Upon the demolition of South Hall in 1965, the bell was placed in the Carillon Tower which marks the location of South Hall. We, the members . . . Map (db m103184) HM
40Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Spirit of Cooperation
The Adrian Kiwanis Club and the City of Adrian have a rich history of working together to make Adrian a better community. With the assistance of the City in site selection, and through significant public support, the Kiwanis Riverview Terrace, a . . . Map (db m104500) HM
41Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L887 — St. John's Lutheran Church
The Reverend William Hatterstaedt helped organize St. John's Lutheran Church in 1847. Until their first church was completed in 1849, the original congregation, fourteen German families, met in a church that belonged to the Episcopalians. Services . . . Map (db m102923) HM
42Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — 1178 — St. Joseph Hospital and Home for the Aged
In the old elm farmhouse that once stood on this site, six Dominican nuns opened the St. Joseph Hospital and Home for the Aged on May 20, 1884. They were sent by Mother Hyacinth Scheininger, Prioress of Holy Rosary Convent in New York City, at . . . Map (db m187557) HM
43Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L671 — St. Joseph's Catholic Church
German immigrants desiring to practice Catholicism in their native language founded St. Joseph's parish in 1863. Father John G. Ehrenstrasser became the first pastor in 1865. This handsome brick and stone church, the second house of worship for this . . . Map (db m102734) HM
44Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — The Antislavery - Underground Railroad Movement1830 - 1860 — Lenawee County, MI —
What was the Underground Railroad? The Underground Railroad existed from around 1830 to the Civil War (1860). It was a secret (underground) network of people organized on Moral grounds to help slaves travel to Canada to find freedom from . . . Map (db m103201) HM
45Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — The Cane Ceremony
The Cane Ceremony, a traditional part of the Adrian College Commencement, has a rich and colorful heritage. As depicted in this 1940's era drawing by Will Cairns, each Adrian College graduating class ties a ribbon in its class colors to the . . . Map (db m102941) HM
46Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — The Centennial Mall
The Centennial Mall is dedicated to the Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded St. Joseph's College for women in 1919. St. Joseph's College was renamed Siena Heights College in 1939 in honor of St. Catherine of Siena, and later renamed Siena . . . Map (db m182428) HM
47Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — The First House Built in Adrian
This tablet marks the site of the first house built in Adrian in 1826 by Addison J. Comstock founder of the city.Map (db m104402) HM
48Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — The Thinker(French, Le Penseur) Auguste Rodin
The original bronze and marble sculpture of The Thinker is in the Musée Rodin in Paris. The original dates from the late nineteenth century. Casts of the original are on display in museums around the world and are found as well on several . . . Map (db m165581) HM
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Sep. 27, 2022