Bluffton Actors' Colony
In 1908, Joe Keaton, actor Paul Lucier, and agent Lew Earl founded the Actors' Colony. By 1911 over two hundred theater personalities flocked to Bluffton each summer. They included Keaton, his wife, Myra and his son . . . — — Map (db m114476) HM
Renowned actor and filmmaker, who called Muskegon home. Best known for his silent film comedies and dead-pan delivery, Keaton’s long career began in Vaudeville at three years old and included television, Broadway and modern film.
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In 1859, Muskegon Methodists built their first church at Clay and Jefferson streets. Congregationalists met in the church, which also served as the county court. In 1887 a larger church was built on the same site. The present Neo-Gothic-style . . . — — Map (db m154387) HM
This three-story wood frame building is one of Michigan’s most splendid examples of Queen Anne architecture.
With juxtaposition of masses created by roof lines, chimneys, tower and porte-cochere it has become a symbol of Muskegon.
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On May 25, 1888, Muskegon lumber baron Charles H. Hackley announced that he would donate a library to the city. Hackley stipulated that the facility be "forever maintained as a library." Patton and Fisher of Chicago, one of the six firms invited to . . . — — Map (db m154384) HM
In 1850 Joseph Hackley came to Michigan from Wisconsin to serve as superintendent of construction for the Durkee, Truesdell and Company sawmill. In 1860 he purchased this house, built in 1857. Hackley and his first wife, Salina . . . — — Map (db m154389) HM
Built in 1887–1889, this massive Queen Anne style house served the Thomas Hume family through four generations. This architect for this, as well as the Hackley house, was David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids. The structure behind the two buildings . . . — — Map (db m107251) HM
The village of Lakeside grew up around the A. V. Mann and Company sawmill, which operated from 1868 to 1889. In 1888 Lakeside was annexed to Muskegon. That year fire ravaged the business district. Despite the fire, Lakeside continued to boom as a . . . — — Map (db m114477) HM
One quarter mile from this marker is constructed the first underwater fishing reef of its kind in the Great Lakes built entirely of quarried dolomite barged from Wisconsin. This reef is dedicated to public fishing in Michigan. — — Map (db m119656) HM
The Muskegon Woman's Club was founded in 1890, and dedicated to the intellectual "improvement and development" of women. The Chicago firm of Weir and Perry designed this neo classical structure, built in 1902 with funds donated by Minnie Smith, the . . . — — Map (db m154385) HM
Some of Muskegon’s earliest lumber mills were located in Pinchtown. In 1842, Joseph Stronach built a sawmill west of here on Muskegon Lake at Ruddiman’s Creek. In 1844, George and John Ruddiman purchased the mill. In 1848 the mill . . . — — Map (db m176207) HM
This thirty-one room mansion, built for $250,000 in 1891-92, was the home of John Torrent (1833-1915), pioneering lumberman, alderman, justice of the peace and Muskegon mayor for three terms. A successful entrepreneur. Torrent owned shingle, saw . . . — — Map (db m154383) HM
The Union Depot opened in 1895 to serve the Chicago & West Michigan Railway; the Muskegon, Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad; and the Toledo, Saginaw & Muskegon Railroad.
A.W. Rush and Son of Grand Rapids designed the Richardson Romanesque . . . — — Map (db m107240) HM