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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dowagiac, Michigan

Clickable Map of Cass County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Cass County, MI (44) Berrien County, MI (80) Kalamazoo County, MI (100) St. Joseph County, MI (55) Van Buren County, MI (76) Elkhart County, IN (82) St. Joseph County, IN (91)  CassCounty(44) Cass County (44)  BerrienCounty(80) Berrien County (80)  KalamazooCounty(100) Kalamazoo County (100)  St.JosephCounty(55) St. Joseph County (55)  VanBurenCounty(76) Van Buren County (76)  ElkhartCountyIndiana(82) Elkhart County (82)  St.JosephCounty(91) St. Joseph County (91)
Cassopolis is the county seat for Cass County
Dowagiac is in Cass County
      Cass County (44)  
      Berrien County (80)  
      Kalamazoo County (100)  
      St. Joseph County (55)  
      Van Buren County (76)  
      Elkhart County, Indiana (82)  
      St. Joseph County, Indiana (91)  
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1 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — 19th Michigan Infantry Memorial
1861 – 1865    The 19th Mich. Inf. Was organized at Dowagiac, ‘62. Henry C. Gilbert, Colonel, left camp Sept. 14, ‘62 with 995 men. Mustered out of service Jun. 10, ‘65    Total Enrollment      1206    Killed in Action      54 . . . Map (db m75366) WM
2 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Beckwith Park
On this site in January 1893, the Beckwith and Lee families opened and dedicated the Beckwith Memorial Building in honor of Philo D. Beckwith (1825-1889). P.D. Beckwith moved to Dowagiac in 1854 and became one of the most important individuals to . . . Map (db m217930) HM
3 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Big Tree
This is the third 16 ft. section from the largest Tulip tree in Michigan. When this tree was blown down in May of 1984, it was approximately 300 yrs old and over 225 ft. tall.Map (db m75361)
4 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — L2309 — Criffield-Whiteley House / Harry and Sara Ethel Whiteley
Criffield-Whiteley House Businessman and farmer Charles M. Criffield (1867-1929) and his wife, Cora, (1865-1945) built this Queen Anne-style house in 1897. Fred Corber managed the construction. In 1920 the Criffields sold the house . . . Map (db m183901) HM
5 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Dowagiac Civil War Monument
(South Side) Erected by H.C. Gilbert Post No. 47 G.A.R. Comrs. Fred E. Lee, Prest. J. Edwards, 1st Vice Prest. H. Goddings, 2nd Vice Prest. H.S. McMaster, Sec. Willis M. Farr, Tres. 1861-1865 (North Side) Cass . . . Map (db m202750) WM
6 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Dowagiac National Bank
Built for Dowagiac National Bank Bank 1911 Restored by Al Booth & Bonnie Williamson 1990Map (db m217940) HM
7 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Dowagiac World War I Memorial
(Southeast Panel) "It is an investment not a loss when a man gives his life for his country." (Northeast Panel) City of Dowagiac Floyd Ibbotson • Avery B. Wilkinson • David H. Starrett • Otis Messenger • Elmer . . . Map (db m75362) WM
8 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Dowagiac World War II - Korean Conflict - Vietnam War Memorial
Proudly we pay tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II and Korea. World War II Arthur F. Abendroth • Charles W. Ball • John C. Clancy Jr. • Raymond Cowham • Alvin Cox • Bernhardt Dahlke • Paul E. Davis • . . . Map (db m75367) WM
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9 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — L1977 — First Methodist Episcopal Church
Circuit-riding ministers established a Methodist class in Silver Creek Township in 1843. Five families attended the earliest meetings, held in the home of Leroy L. Curtis, the first class leader. In 1844 the Reverend David Whitlock was appointed . . . Map (db m64737) HM
10 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — L1724 — Indian Lake Cemetery
Indian Lake Cemetery has been in use since the 1840s and contains the remains of many of the earliest settlers of Silver Creek Township. Many of the community’s first funerals were held in a log schoolhouse immediately to the south of here. In 1852 . . . Map (db m202752) HM
11 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Pickett's Corner
. . . Map (db m241658) HM
12 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — L348 — Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Chief Leopold Pokagon and his tribe of Potawatomi Indians built a log church here in 1838 and deeded the forty acres of land on which it stood to the Catholic Bishop of Detroit. Pokagon, who came to Silver Creek Township from his village outside of . . . Map (db m64735) HM
13 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — L1028A — St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church
(Obverse Side) St. Paul's Church Under the leadership of Justus Gage (1805-1875), this structure was built as a Universalist church. Completed at a cost of $3,000, it is Dowagiac's oldest public building. At the time of completion, . . . Map (db m64731) HM
14 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — The Dowagiac River Watershed / Lunker Structures
(Side One) The Dowagiac River Watershed A watershed is all of the area that drains into a common body of water. The snow and rain that falls within the watershed boundaries, and does not evaporate, will drain into the Dowagiac . . . Map (db m75359)
15 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — VFW Post 1855 Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial In memory of past, present and future Veterans of Foreign Wars and to the citizens on the home front who sacrificed to support the spirited service men and women on foreign soil All gave some - some gave . . . Map (db m217931) WM
16 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac — Willis M. Farr
Farr Park is named for Michigan native and Civil War veteran Willis M. Farr, born August 1, 1844, who was an industrialist and a Dowagiac city alderman in the 1880's. Mr. Farr was a partner in Dowagiac Manufacturing Co., a maker of grain drills. . . . Map (db m202749) HM
17 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac, Pokagon Township — "The Old Rugged Cross"
"The Old Rugged Cross" composed by George Bennard was first sung in this church by a choir comprised of Frank Virgil • Olive Marrs • Clara Virgil • Wm Thaldorf • Florence Jones - organist • Arthur Dodd - violinist 1913Map (db m218112) HM
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18 Michigan, Cass County, Dowagiac, Pokagon Township — The Old Rugged Cross Church
The Old Rugged Cross Church has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1876Map (db m217932) HM
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Feb. 25, 2024