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Historical Markers in Holland, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Allegan 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 Allegan County, MI (52) Barry County, MI (14) Kalamazoo County, MI (77) Kent County, MI (66) Ottawa County, MI (72) Van Buren County, MI (65) Lake County, IL (62) Kenosha County, WI (39) Racine County, WI (37)  AlleganCounty(52) Allegan County (52)  BarryCounty(14) Barry County (14)  KalamazooCounty(77) Kalamazoo County (77)  KentCounty(66) Kent County (66)  OttawaCounty(72) Ottawa County (72)  VanBurenCounty(65) Van Buren County (65)  LakeCountyIllinois(62) Lake County (62)  KenoshaCountyWisconsin(39) Kenosha County (39)  RacineCounty(37) Racine County (37)
Allegan is the county seat for Allegan County
Holland is in Allegan County
      Allegan County (52)  
ADJACENT TO ALLEGAN COUNTY
      Barry County (14)  
      Kalamazoo County (77)  
      Kent County (66)  
      Ottawa County (72)  
      Van Buren County (65)  
      Lake County, Illinois (62)  
      Kenosha County, Wisconsin (39)  
      Racine County, Wisconsin (37)  
 
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1Michigan (Allegan County), Holland — L77 — Ebenezer Reformed Church
Members of the First Reformed Church in Holland founded this congregation in 1866 to provide a place of worship for the settlers living southeast of town. Heavy immigration from the Netherlands prompted this move. The Dutch language was used . . . Map (db m73682) HM
2Michigan (Allegan County), Holland — L483 — Graafschap Christian Reformed Church
(Side One) Erected in 1862, this church was the center of the Dutch immigrant community. The first settlers in this area arrived in early 1847 led by the Reverend Albertus C. V. Raalte. In June of that year a separate group of seventy . . . Map (db m73685) HM
3Michigan (Allegan County), Holland — L1611 — Laketown Township Hall
Laketown Township was settled by Dutch immigrants who arrived in the area in 1847. Originally part of Newark Township, Laketown was set off in 1858 and named for its proximity to Lake Michigan. Officials did not have a meeting hall until 1884 when . . . Map (db m73641) HM
4Michigan (Allegan County), Holland — L0070 — Old Wing Mission
The main portion of this building was the residence of George N. Smith, a Congregational missionary to the Indians in this area and at Waukazoo's Village on nearby Lake Macatawa. The mission was named after an Indian convert. Built in 1844-45 by . . . Map (db m73683) HM
5Michigan (Allegan County), Holland — The First Pioneers of Graafschap
In memory of the First Pioneers of Graafschaap of which the following are buried here Lambert Tinholt           1849 Infant Neerken           1850 Geesje Kropschot           1850 Geert Kamps          1850 Roelafje Schrow          1850 . . . Map (db m73687) HM
6Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — "Uniting Sun" and "New Dawn Rising"Artist: Cyril Lixenberg — 1932 - 2015 —
The Artist's Message These works of art were installed at Unity Bridge on October 30, 2014 to celebrate the Greater Holland-Zeeland area's rich diversity. The five vertical elements of "Uniting Sun" appear to vary in sizes, but in fact, all are . . . Map (db m204487) HM
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7Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1780 — Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church
In 1865, The Holland Church, the city's first Christian Reformed congregation, was founded. In 1866 the group bought this lot on what was then Market Street and moved a school here to use as a church. The following year the congregation built a new . . . Map (db m67736) HM
8Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 2300 — De Zwaan Windmill
Obverse In 1961 Castle Park resort owner Carter P. Brown proposed the idea of creating a public park with an "authentic Dutch windmill," a symbol of Holland's Dutch heritage. To do so. the city officials needed permission from the . . . Map (db m154379) HM
9Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 89 — Dutch in Michigan
On February 9, 1847, the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and a band of Hollanders founded the city of Holland. Within two years the other four original colonies--Graafschap, Zeeland, Vriesland, Overisel--had also been established. Plagued by illness . . . Map (db m55403) HM
10Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1350C — First United Methodist Church
When the Reverend Albertus Christiaan Van Raalte and the first Dutch settlers came to Michigan in February 1847, they were aided by two Methodists who had settled earlier in the Holland area. George Harrington, Sr., brought the Dutch settlers from . . . Map (db m182090) HM
11Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L2305 — Grace Episcopal Church / Grace Episcopal Church Buildings
Grace Episcopal Church In August 1866 Manley Howard and Heber Walsh invited missionary Rev. Robert Wood to conduct an Episcopal service in Holland. Grace parish was organized the next year. The Rev. Joash Rice Taylor, its first rector, led . . . Map (db m182117) HM
12Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L551 — Holland City Hall and Firehouse No. 2
The city of Holland bought this lot in 1882, and contractor James Huntley began construction of a fire hall the next year. Completed in 1884, the building housed Holland's city offices and library until 1912 and served as a fire hall until 1978. . . . Map (db m68221) HM
13Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L394 — Holland Harbor Lighthouse / Holland Harbor
Holland Harbor Lighthouse The first lighthouse built at this location was a small, square wooden structure erected in 1872. In 1880 the lighthouse service installed a new light atop a metal pole in a protective cage. The oil lantern was . . . Map (db m41967) HM
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14Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 2027 — Holland Post Office
In 1848, in response to pressure from the settlers of Holland, the U.S. Congress created the community's first post office, with Henry D. Post as postmaster. Originally named Black River, the Holland post office relocated to rented quarters several . . . Map (db m64907) HM
15Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1648a — Hope ChurchReformed Church in America
In 1854, seven years after Dutch settlers came to this area, the Reformed Church in America established an English-language preaching mission in Holland. Principals from the Holland Academy, which became Hope College in 1866, served as early . . . Map (db m184274) HM
16Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — S0231 — Hope College
In 1851, four years after settlers from the Netherlands founded Holland, the Pioneer School was established to meet some of the educational needs of the young colony. This school, the predecessor of Hope College, received direction and financial . . . Map (db m182003) HM
17Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — Knickerbocker Theater86 East 8th Street
An entertainment destination since 1911, the Knickerbocker has hosted many notable figures, including Harry Houdini and FDR. In the 1920s and 1930s the building was a venue for vaudeville performances and in later years was converted to a movie . . . Map (db m153217) HM
18Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — Kraker215 South River Avenue
This Academic style building was constructed in 1925 by Henry Kraker, a well known Holland businessman. It was the site of the Kraker Hotel from 1926 until 1936. The interesting brick detailing and use of limestone are typical of this early 20th . . . Map (db m153218) HM
19Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — NEA Big Read Lakeshore
Hope College's NEA Big Read Lakeshore is a community-wide reading program that takes place annually in November. In collaboration with over 50 community partners, our Lakeshore community comes around a chosen book and use this shared experience . . . Map (db m204479) HM
20Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — HB37 — Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church
Side 1 Dedicated on June 25, 1856, this church was built under the leadership of the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder and the first pastor of the Holland colony. Jacobus Schrader designed the Greek Revival style building using native . . . Map (db m89287) HM
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21Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L2108 — Ottawa Beach
Ottawa Beach is a well - preserved example of the summer cottage resorts that developed along the Lake Michigan shore during the late nineteenth century. In 1885 the West Michigan Park Association purchased eighty acres of land here. In . . . Map (db m165345) HM
22Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — Outpost25 East 8th Street
Built in 1930, this building was originally the site of Montgomery Ward Company. It also housed Vogelzang Hardware from 1960 through 1982 until the Outpost moved here in 1983. The structure’s exterior architectural detailing and terra-cotta facade . . . Map (db m153219) HM
23Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1134 — The Cappon House / Isaac Cappon
Isaac Cappon Isaac Cappon (1830 - 1902) emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States in 1847. After a brief stay in Rochester, New York, he came to Michigan's Holland Colony in 1848. Here he worked as a laborer in a local tannery. In 1857 . . . Map (db m89286) HM
24Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L0622 — The Netherlands Museum
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Kremers commissioned local builder George Dalman to design and construct this house for them. Completed in 1889, the modified Elizabethan style dwelling was built primarily of native stone and locally manufactured brick. A . . . Map (db m182083) HM
25Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — The Pump House
Originally an Electric Lighting Plant, this building was erected less than a decade after Thomas Edison designed the first practical dynamo to generate electricity, which when coupled with development of the steam-powered turbine, made the . . . Map (db m165346) HM
26Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 608 — The Van Raalte Farm
In 1847 Holland's founder, the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, purchased this property from the federal government for $2.32 an acre. When his son Benjamin returned from the Civil War in 1865, Van Raalte gave him the 160-acre tract. By 1873, when . . . Map (db m154392) HM
27Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — HB49 — Third Reformed Church
Side 1: Under the leadership of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of the Holland colony, the Third Reformed Church was organized on September 9, 1867. The first house of worship, measuring 90' long, 56' wide, and 32' high, was . . . Map (db m67571) HM
28Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — Tower Clock190 South River Avenue
Originally the Holland City State Bank this Victorian Romanesque structure was built in 1892, under the leadership of J. Van Putten, bank president. The arcaded block was an architectural form often used to anchor business districts of the late . . . Map (db m153214) HM
29Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L0464 — Van Vleck Hall
Van Vleck Hall Side 1: This building was named for the Reverend John Van Vleck, principal of the Holland Academy from 1855 to 1859. After the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte raised the necessary funds for the building, Van Vleck designed and . . . Map (db m182017) HM
30Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — Warm Friend5 East 8th Street
This building was constructed in 1925 by the Holland Furnace Company whose company slogan was, “Holland furnaces make warm friends”. Notice the cozy “friends” at the top of the building. It operated as the Warm Friend Hotel . . . Map (db m153215) HM
31Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1840 — West Michigan Furniture Company Building
In 1889 Frank W. Hadden, George P. Hummer and Frank Metz founded the West Michigan Furniture Company in Holland. The company produced only bedroom and dining room furniture, which was sold by a twenty-five-member sales force throughout the U.S. and . . . Map (db m114474) HM
32Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — S0276B — Western Theological Seminary
Theological training began here in 1866 when seven of the first eight graduates of Hope College petitioned the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America for such training. The request was granted and classes were begun, using the facilities . . . Map (db m181995) HM
 
 
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Oct. 3, 2022