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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ann Arbor

 
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Ann Arbor, Michigan and Vicinity
    Washtenaw County (129)
    Jackson County (31)
    Lenawee County (53)
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1Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town
Residents living on the west side in the 1870s drove their buggies or walked across the bridge over Allen Creek, climbing the Liberty Street hill to join the celebration of German American Day. In the distance you can see the rooftops of their homes . . . — Map (db m94376) HM
2Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor Streetcars
In 1908 you could hop on an open-air trolley, ride to the fairgrounds (later Burns Park), and, for 10 cents, see a baseball game. Electric streetcars ran in Ann Arbor from 1890 to 1925. From Main Street, cars followed Detroit Street down to the . . . — Map (db m155528) HM
3Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor's New "Streamlined" Bus Depot
Ann Arbor's Art Moderne-style bus depot, touted as one of the most up-to-date in the country, was officially opened in September 1940. A large crowd of dignitaries and admirers assembled as the mayor cut a maize and blue satin ribbon stretched . . . — Map (db m156631) HM
4Michigan (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
5Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
6Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
7Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
8Michigan (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
9Michigan (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
10Michigan (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
11Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — L2028 — Earhart Manor
Side 1 Michigan pioneer Elnathan Botsford settled this site in 1825. Harry Boyd Earhart of Detroit, president of the White Star Refining Corporation, purchased the farm in 1917 and named it "The Meadows." The Olmsted Brothers, nationally . . . — Map (db m101826) HM
12Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 5 — East University Avenue Campus Boundary1837
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
13Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Engineering at Michigan1854-2004
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
14Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Everyone Loves a Parade
Circuses unloaded near the Michigan Central depot and paraded up Main Streeet to perform at the fairgrounds or on a farm at Packard and Stadium. Exotic animals passed by in fancy wagons, bands played, the calliope blared, and children screamed . . . — Map (db m155603) HM
15Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 6 — First Medical Buildings1850-1925
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
16Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Four World RecordsJesse 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
17Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — From Horses to Cars: Early Autos, Service and Parts
By 1925, when Theophil Aprill joined with Albert Larmee to found Ann Arbor Exide Battery Service, this neighborhood was already a center for automobile sales, garages, parts, and service—much of it owned and staffed by German Americans. It . . . — Map (db m156551) HM
18Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — From Interurbans to Buses
In 1929 long-distance buses replaced the electric interurban for travel between Ann Arbor and other cities. The first interurban in the state had linked Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in 1891. Junius Beal, UM Regent and one of the main stockholders, . . . — Map (db m156609) HM
19Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Germans on Ashley Street
Fred Wagner's blacksmith shop was one of many German-owned west-side businesses providing services for horse-drawn vehicles. Wagner repaired carriages and wagons and shoed horses. Nearby livery stables rented out horses and carriages. Around the . . . — Map (db m156535) HM
20Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
21Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Harris Hall
Harris Hall was built in 1886 as a student center to "establish Christian teaching in the midst of a great secular university." Funds were raised from all over the country by Michigan Episcopal Bishop Samuel Harris. As a parish house for St. . . . — Map (db m101026) HM
22Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
23Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — In memory of all Veterans
In memory of all veterans who served our country in time of war — Map (db m35499) HM
24Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Industry and Recreation on Allen Creek
In 1925 King-Seeley, inventor and manufacturer of the first dash-mounted gas gauges for autos, moved into the old Krause tannery building with its tall smokestacks on Second Street (right rear). By 1940 the factory had expanded east to First Street . . . — Map (db m156468) HM
25Michigan (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
26Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 17 — Law Quadrangle1924-1933
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
27Michigan (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
28Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
29Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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 the . . . — Map (db m156703) HM
30Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — L339 — Michigan Central Railroad Depot
Built in 1886, and conceived by Frederick Spier, the design of this granite block building was influenced by the Romanesque style of the great American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The massive arch and two-foot thick walls are balanced by . . . — Map (db m51751) HM
31Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
32Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
33Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Power and Transportation
Detroit Edison sold electric home appliances from 1915 to 1983 in its showroom across the street. The earliest Ann Arbor homes were lit by fireplace flames and lard lamps. Oil, along with gas manufactured after 1858 from the burning of coal, lit . . . — Map (db m155484) HM
34Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 14 — Rackham School of Graduate Studies1938
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
35Michigan (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
36Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Simpson Memorial Institute1927
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
37Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
38Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — L1181 — St. Thomas the Apostle Church
In 1831 Father Patrick O'Kelly came from Detroit to minister to the Irish Catholics in the Washtenaw area. He offered his first mass in Ann Arbor on July 12, 1835, in a home located on land bounded by Detroit, Kingsley and Fifth Streets. St. Thomas . . . — Map (db m51695) HM
39Michigan (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
40Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — The Ann Arbor Railroad
The Toledo & Ann Arbor Railroad reached Ann Arbor in 1878 amid festive celebrations. "Big Jim" Ashley, former lawyer, abolitionist, and Ohio congressman, was the driving force behind its construction. Always one to seize opportunities, Ashley . . . — Map (db m156473) HM
41Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
42Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
43Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
44Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — The Main Street Shopping Experience
Founded in 1860, Mack & Company grew to be Ann Arbor’s largest department store. In 1870 it advertised dress goods, household goods, flannels, shawls and cloakings, “selling everything cheap.” By 1900 it had become Main Street’s premier . . . — Map (db m94375) HM
45Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
46Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — The Michigan Ross Bur OakA 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
47Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
48Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 1 — The President's House1840
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
49Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — The Staeblers and the Germania/American Hotel
In 1885 Michael Staebler, a successful farmer from a pioneer German family west of town, constructed this building as the Germania Hotel. Balls, lectures, musical programs, and meetings of the Germania Society were held on the third floor. . . . — Map (db m156512) HM
50Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
51Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — Three Generations of Metzgers on Washington Street
Wilhelm Metzger and Christian Kuhn had been in the U.S. for only a few years when they and Wilhelm's wife Marie rented the German American Restaurant from the Flautz family in 1928. The Metzgers, their two children, and Kuhn, a bachelor, lived on . . . — Map (db m156553) HM
52Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
53Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 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
54Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 16 — William L. Clements Library1923
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
 
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