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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hillsdale, Michigan

Clickable Map of Hillsdale 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> Hillsdale County, MI (66) Branch County, MI (79) Calhoun County, MI (138) Jackson County, MI (128) Lenawee County, MI (156) Steuben County, IN (56) Fulton County, OH (109) Williams County, OH (92)  HillsdaleCounty(66) Hillsdale County (66)  BranchCounty(79) Branch County (79)  CalhounCounty(138) Calhoun County (138)  JacksonCounty(128) Jackson County (128)  LenaweeCounty(156) Lenawee County (156)  SteubenCountyIndiana(56) Steuben County (56)  FultonCountyOhio(109) Fulton County (109)  WilliamsCounty(92) Williams County (92)
Hillsdale is the county seat for Hillsdale County
Hillsdale is in Hillsdale County
      Hillsdale County (66)  
      Branch County (79)  
      Calhoun County (138)  
      Jackson County (128)  
      Lenawee County (156)  
      Steuben County, Indiana (56)  
      Fulton County, Ohio (109)  
      Williams County, Ohio (92)  
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1 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — American Legion Veterans Memorial
In memory of those veterans who gave their lives in the defense of their countryMap (db m222025) WM
2 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — American Legion World War I Memorial Tree
Pine tree planted November 11, 1920 In memory of those who gave their all in World War IMap (db m199755) WM
3 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L2299 — Camp Woodbury / Lewis Emery Park
Camp Woodbury On July 2, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for troops for the Union Army. Men from Monroe, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties met in Hillsdale to form the Eighteenth Michigan Infantry Regiment. Local mill . . . Map (db m165558) HM
4 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L1275 — College Baptist Church
This church was incorporated as the First Free Will Baptist Church on November 24, 1855. The congregation met at the Hillsdale College Chapel until the present church was constructed in 1867-68. This Romanesque building was designed by a Chicago . . . Map (db m32250) HM
5 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — D.A.V.-V.F.W. Veterans Memorial
D.A.V. 68 V.F.W. 7301 1914-1918 WWI 1939-1945 WWII 1950-1953 Korea 1963-1973 Vietnam We honor the dead by helping the living Hillsdale CountyMap (db m199750) WM
6 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Amphitheater
This amphitheater is dedicated to the memory of Dorothy and Joseph Moller, whose service to our country in peace and war is exemplary, and whose kindness and generosity to this College are unsurpassed. Dorothy was a member of the Board of . . . Map (db m199767) HM WM
7 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Frederick Douglass
Dedicated May 12, 2017 in proud recognition of the speech given at Hillsdale College by Frederick Douglass on January 21, 1863 Neither law, learning, nor religion, is addressed to any man's color or race. Science, education, the word of God, . . . Map (db m199758) HM
8 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — S294 — Hillsdale
The plat for the village of Hillsdale was filed in July, 1839, though the first settlement probably occurred a few years previously. Before that time this area had been inhabited mainly by a band of Potawatomi Indians led by their chief, Baw Beese. . . . Map (db m33598) HM
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9 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — 230 — Hillsdale College
In 1844 a group of Freewill Baptists organized Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor. This college was the first in Michigan to grant degrees to women. Moved to Hillsdale in 1853 and chartered by the legislature in 1855, the school was renamed . . . Map (db m34216) HM
10 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale College Mission Statement
Hillsdale College is an independent, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women "grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and "believing that the diffusion of . . . Map (db m199766) HM
11 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County Desert Storm Memorial
In Appreciation to the Hillsdle County men and women who served in the U.S.A. and overseas during Operation Desert Storm. Mothers Of The Military and their supportersMap (db m199749) WM
12 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County Heritage
This bronze and concrete sculpture expresses Hillsdale County's heritage. The branch at the top of the open circle symbolizes the original deep forestland; the curve of the hills at the bottom the glacially contoured terrain. The figures moving . . . Map (db m199753) HM
13 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County Veteran Of The Year
1962 Walter Ferris • 1963 Frank Gaskill • 1964 George Vanzandt • 1965 Virgil Cummins • 1966 Lloyd Kelly • 1967 Marion Simmons • 1968 Miles Ansbaugh • 1969 Robert Scott • 1970 Charles Lane • 1971 Floyd Bordner • 1972 Harold . . . Map (db m199675) WM
14 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Hillsdale County World War II & Korean Conflict Memorial
In honor of the men and women who served our country during World War II and the Korean Conflict God is our refuge and strength PS 4.61Map (db m199751) WM
15 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Kresge PlazaDedicated October 14, 2005
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. John Milton In 1975, The Kresge Foundation recognized Hillsdale College for . . . Map (db m199757) HM
16 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Liberty Tree Descendent
This Tulip Poplar is a direct bud-grafted descendent of the 600 year-old historic Liberty Tree under which the Sons of Liberty of Maryland read the Declaration of Independence in 1776. When the magnificent historic tree fell in 1999 . . . Map (db m199765) HM
17 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Lorado Taft Statue of 1895
To recognize the Civil War Honor of more than 500 Hillsdale College soldiers who dutifully answered the call of their county. Alpha Kappa Phi Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion Oliver C. Adkinson, 140th Imd. Inf. • S. L. Armstrong, . . . Map (db m199759) WM
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18 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Potter's Field
Oak Grove Cemetery was privately owned when a section was set aside for its Potter's Field. This was a place for the indigent to be laid to rest. About fifty people are buried here, with some in the woods and most without a grave marker. The . . . Map (db m165571) HM
19 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L1985 — Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
In 1839 Episcopalians held the first church service in Hillsdale. Saint Peter's Church was organized in 1844. The original Gothic Revival church dates from 1859 and forms the sanctuary of the present church. Saint Peter's housed the first pipe organ . . . Map (db m33602) HM
20 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L2290 — Sandy Beach / Baw Beese Lake
Sandy Beach People began using Sandy Beach as a popular, but informal, swimming spot in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1955 nine Hillsdale County residents formed the Baw Beese Memorial Park Association to acquire and convert . . . Map (db m160830) HM
21 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — L1645 — St. Anthony's Catholic Church
The origins of Catholicism in Hillsdale County date to the 1840s when Irishmen who worked for the Southern Railroad settled here. In 1853 the Reverend Joseph Kindekens of Adrian and eighty-five people organized St. Anthony's parish. The former . . . Map (db m33601) HM
22 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Sultana
Dedicated to the memory of the 280 Michigan Civil War soldiers who lost their lives in America's worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the steamship "Sultana." These men were among more than 2,200 Union soldiers returning home from Confederate . . . Map (db m33960) HM
23 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Taylor - Moore & Co.Michigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Taylor-Moore & Co. founded in 1894 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the economic . . . Map (db m199756) HM
24 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — The Oak Grove Cemetery Association
The Oak Grove Cemetery Association held it first meeting November 21, 1859, with by-laws and constitution adopted six months later. During the Civil War, the Cemetery fell into disrepair and became "a disgrace to our town." In 1867, "The Ladies . . . Map (db m165570) HM
25 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — The Will Carleton Poor House
This stone building is a part of the poorhouse that inspired Will Carleton's well-known poem "Over the Hill to the Poorhouse."Map (db m32361) HM
26 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Victory Bell
. . . Map (db m199762) HM
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27 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Wilhelmina Stock
Mrs. Nancy Stock Sessions Mrs. Stock was born Wilhelmina Augusta Seidel in the Pommern province of Prussia in 1840. She came to this country in 1855 and married Fredrick W. Stock in 1858. Together they had eight children, five sons and three . . . Map (db m199748) HM
28 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale — Winona
The Heritage Association 2017 Winona Daughter of The Chief Daughter of Chief Baw Beese, leader of the Native American Potawatomi Clan, Winona lived in the region of Hillsdale County around the 1830's. Winona's mother was a French . . . Map (db m199676) HM
29 Michigan, Hillsdale County, Hillsdale, Ward 4 — L2337 — Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
In 1849 the Reverend Wilhelm Hattstaedt founded a Lutheran congregation in Hillsdale. It was organized in 1854 under the Reverend Phillip Trautmann as the German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church. Construction on this building began in 1854, . . . Map (db m220422) HM
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Dec. 5, 2023