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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Pontiac, Michigan

Clickable Map of Oakland 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> Oakland County, MI (398) Genesee County, MI (134) Lapeer County, MI (36) Livingston County, MI (64) Macomb County, MI (125) Washtenaw County, MI (252) Wayne County, MI (528)  OaklandCounty(398) Oakland County (398)  GeneseeCounty(134) Genesee County (134)  LapeerCounty(36) Lapeer County (36)  LivingstonCounty(64) Livingston County (64)  MacombCounty(125) Macomb County (125)  WashtenawCounty(252) Washtenaw County (252)  WayneCounty(528) Wayne County (528)
Pontiac is the county seat for Oakland County
Pontiac is in Oakland County
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      Genesee County (134)  
      Lapeer County (36)  
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1Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — "Body by Fisher"A Standard of Excellence in Pontiac
Skills, quality and leadership came naturally to the Fisher brothers. By the time they formed Fisher Body Company in Detroit in 1908, they had adapted their carriage-making to the needs of automobile bodies and were ready for early . . . Map (db m174262) HM
2Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — HB7 — "Pine Grove"
This was the home of Moses Wisner and his wife, Angeolina Hascall. From 1859 to 1861 Wisner served Michigan as governor. He was born in New York, came to Michigan in 1837 and shortly established a successful law practice. In 1844 he purchased this . . . Map (db m174270) HM
3Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — 911 Memorial...Never Forget
On Tuesday morning, September 1 1, 2001 , as the nation watched the horror of three terrorist attacks upon our country, a sense of disbelief, vulnerability, and anger enveloped the American people. At the same time, an overwhelming desire to respond . . . Map (db m190361) WM
4Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — A City On WheelsPontiac's Automotive History
Pontiac was ready to become a "motor city." By the early 1900s, the city was a leading carriage manufacturing center and its low wages, skilled workforce and many production facilities attracted early automotive manufacturing companies. In . . . Map (db m174280) HM
5Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — A Record Of InnovationPontiac's Patents in a World of Change
Inventive and competitive people were drawn to Pontiac, or inspired here, by the city's industrial culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. And in patent drawings they left a record of their ideas and contributions. In the galloping world of . . . Map (db m174253) HM
6Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Automobile FinancingMoney Greases the Wheels
Before loan money was available, the early market for automobiles was limited in Pontiac and elsewhere. Car dealers couldn't afford inventories of more than a few vehicles and many people couldn't afford to buy cars at all. By offering . . . Map (db m175272) HM
7Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Building Bodiesat Pontiac's O.J. Beaudette Company
He went from strength to strength when the need for vehicle bodies grew to an industrial scale. Oliver Joseph Beaudette learned woodcraft as a young apprentice in Michigan's logging frontier of Bay City before starting his carriage business in . . . Map (db m174288) HM
8Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Building Trucks In PontiacThe Proud History of UAW Local 594
They stood together through good times and bad, and the members of United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 594 in Pontiac built GMC Truck's reputation for fine trucks, coaches and military vehicles. Born in 1938 from worker discontent, Local 594 . . . Map (db m174276) HM
9Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L1860 — Elizabeth Denison Forth
In 1825 Elizabeth Denison, “a woman of colour,” purchased 48.5 acres of land from Pontiac’s founder, Stephen Mack, agent of the Pontiac Company. She became Pontiac’s first black property owner, but never lived on the property. In 1827 she and her . . . Map (db m174223) HM
10Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L0017 — First Baptist Church
This Church, Michigan’s oldest Baptist Church, was begun in 1821 by a small band of pioneers who came to Pontiac through the forest and swamp from Mount Clemens. In 1824 the Reverend Elkanah Comstock became the church’s first pastor. The . . . Map (db m174228) HM
11Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L15 — First Methodist Episcopal Church
As early as 1820 itinerant Methodist preachers came to Pontiac, and in 1828 a society was organized by the Reverend William T. Snow in the home of Ira Donelson. The small group later met in a school and the courthouse until it was able in 1842 to . . . Map (db m174222) HM
12Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L0014 — First Presbyterian Church
Organized February 26, 1824, by four men and nine women under the leadership of Missionary Eldad Goodman at John Voorheis’ home in Bloomfield Township, the congregation met during its early years in Pontiac and for a time in Auburn. In 1844, a brick . . . Map (db m174268) HM
13Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L1307 — Franklin Boulevard Historic District
Built between 1845 and 1930, this neighborhood of 93 structures retains a turn-of-the-century appearance with its mix of Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Stick style and Colonial Revival architecture. During Michigan’s early period of . . . Map (db m174286) HM
14Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — From Trail To PavementBuilding the Roads in Pontiac
Pontiac began as one of Michigan's first inland settlements, and the first road cut through the wilderness to connect Detroit with Pontiac was completed in 1822. In 1831, French traveler Alexis de Tocqueville took this road all day from Detroit, . . . Map (db m174278) HM
15Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Great MigrationsOpportunities in Boomtown Pontiac
They built this city. An exodus of people left southern America for the north in the early 20th Century, attracted by the explosive growth in the automobile industry. Many cam to Pontiac for jobs in the auto plants, and many others brought . . . Map (db m175586) HM
16Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Inspiration RoadMetro Detroit in Popular Culture
Our roads are more than bold lines on a map. They are stories of human experience that inspire some of the most creative minds of our time. Telegraph Road, Woodward Avenue and Eight Mile Road have become characters in popular culture, . . . Map (db m174279) HM
17Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Made in PontiacThe City of Vehicles
How do you explain what happened in Pontiac? Around 1900, its carriage industry was thriving, so people already knew how to make wheeled vehicles. But when things became motorized, Pontiac grew into a sparking engine of ideas and . . . Map (db m174215) HM
18Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Michigan's Auto IndustryPowerplant of the National Economy
It has been a force in America for the last hundred years, still accounting for a fifth of all American manufacturing. Where there once were hundreds of automobile manufacturers in the United States by 1913 almost 80 percent of all cars were . . . Map (db m174283) HM
19Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Molten Metalat Automotive Foundries in Pontiac
Workers in Pontiac handled the fires of furnacesto cast parts for the dynamic automobile industry. In the mid-1920's, the Wilson Foundry & Machine Company on the south side of Pontiac was the largest automotive foundry in the world. To meet . . . Map (db m174265) HM
20Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L1965 — Newman African Methodist Episcopal Church
In 1861 the Reverend Augustus Green organized Oakland County’s first African American church. Services were held in homes, in a church basement and in a schoolhouse. In 1868 they incorporated as Newman African Methodist Episcopal Church, named for . . . Map (db m174220) HM
21Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Notable Neighborsin the Franklin Boulevard Historic District
It was a mark of achievement to build a home on or near Franklin boulevard in the late 1800s. Lawyers, bankers, doctors and publishers lived along this beautiful "Boulevard of Roses." Here also were leaders in Pontiac's thriving carriage-making . . . Map (db m174284) HM
22Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Oak Hill CemeteryReminds Us of Our Past
Pontiac has no shortage of talented folks and they are honored at their time of rest. The highest point of land in Pontiac was selected as the village cemetery in 1822 and from 1840 a long line of accomplished individuals have been buried at . . . Map (db m174236) HM
23Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L1450 — Oak Hill Cemetery
(Front): On June 1, 1822, the Pontiac Company gave the citizens of Pontiac the first land for a village cemetery. It was "to be occupied and used forever as a burying ground." In 1839, when Captain Hervey Parke was employed by the village to . . . Map (db m174237) HM
24Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Oakland County Fallen Heroes Memorial
In Honor of All From Oakland County Who Have Served In The War On Terror Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Enduring Freedom Never Forget Those Who Have Made The Ultimate SacrificeMap (db m174209) WM
25Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Oakland County World War I Memorial
In Grateful Memory Of The Men Of Oakland County Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In the World War 1917-1918Map (db m174208) WM
26Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Outstanding Architecturein Pontiac's Commercial Historic District
Pontiac was one of Michigan's first cities to develop outside of Detroit however fire consumed much of its core in 1840. The downtown was rebuilt and made more permanent with use of brick and limestone. The richness of building styles that . . . Map (db m174257) HM
27Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Parades and People-WatchingDowntown Pontiac Draws a Crowd
It's the "hub of the wheel." Pontiac was named for the venerable Native American Chief Pontiac of the Odawas and always has been in the center of things. It became Oakland County's seat in 1820, was a carriage-making powerhouse later that . . . Map (db m174263) HM
28Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Pontiac Monument
In loving memory of Union Veterans of The Civil War 1861 * 1865 * * * Erected by Frances C. Butterfield Tent No. 9 Daughters of Union Veterans 1927 LoyaltyMap (db m26703) HM
29Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Pontiac Public LibraryMichigan Centennial Institution
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan In Recognition Of Pontiac Public Library Founded in 1882 For more than 100 years of Providing continuous service to the people of Michigan And for contributing to the . . . Map (db m174238) HM
30Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Pontiac Thrivedas "The Friendly City of Opportunity"
Good fortune multiplied in Pontiac with vehicle manufacturing beginning in the early 20th Century. The automotive sector is especially known for creating many other jobs too. Assembly operations naturally led to companies that provided parts . . . Map (db m174216) HM
31Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Pontiac's Coach BuildersThe Proud History of UAW Local 594
Pontiac was the world's capital of coach manufacturing and United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 594 was the largest truck and coach union local in the world. General Motors (GM) began building coaches in Pontiac as early as 1928 and Local 594 . . . Map (db m174277) HM
32Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Rapid TransformationBold Moves in a Changing Industry
Remarkable changes were on the horizon Albert North and Harry Hamilton relocated their Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works to larger premises in 1899 to boost their output of carriages, wagons and springs. Within a few years they were also assembling . . . Map (db m174285) HM
33Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — L1403 — St. Vincent de Paul Church
St. Vincent de Paul parish, established in 1851 by Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere, once included all of Oakland County and parts of Genesee, Lapeer and Macomb Counties. The parish’s first house of worship, the Academy Building, was first a private . . . Map (db m174290) HM
34Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — St. Vincent De Paul World War II Memorial
The Chimes That Sound From The Organ And Tower Of This Church Were Installed By The Members Of This Parish In Memory Of The Following Sons And Daughters Of The Parish Who Died in World War II 1941-1945. Robert T. Archambeau · Cletus . . . Map (db m184110) WM
35Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — S0274 — The Courthouse / Oakland County
The Courthouse The first Oakland County courthouse, built about 1824, was located on the corner of Saginaw and Huron Streets on land given by the Pontiac Company. The log first story housed the jail, while the frame second story was occupied by . . . Map (db m174281) HM
36Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Validation TestingRefining Production, Perfecting the Ride
At the start, everything has to be right. Rigorous testing and refinement of design, engineering and build processes is needed before going to full production since difficulty in making changes multiplies as mass production increases. Testing . . . Map (db m174214) HM
37Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Versatile VehiclesPontiac's Early Carriage Industry
Horses did all the work in Pontiac's early days. By 1850, several builders of "horse-drawn" vehicles — wagons and carriages — had workshops around Lawrence Street, using wood cut at lumbermills powered by the Clinton River. Carriage-makers . . . Map (db m174213) HM
38Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Welcome to Beaudette Park"The Milldam"
Today, Pontiac's Rotary Park stands on the original site of the O.J. Beaudette Company factory at Walnut and Wesson Street. Fun Facts: Did you know?
  • Beaudette Park was named for O. J. Beaudette, prominent businessman and . . . Map (db m174294) HM
39Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Wessen & BagleyA Town Within the City
"The Corner" was an intersection of people who came for jobs offered by the explosive growth of Pontiac's automobile industry. In the early 1900s, large numbers of mostly-rural Southerners settled near factories on the southwest side of the . . . Map (db m175369) HM
40Michigan (Oakland County), Pontiac — Wisner Stadium WWII Memorial1941-1945
This memorial is dedicated to the men and women Of Pontiac who served their country in this war and in grateful memory of those who made the supreme giftMap (db m180064) WM
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Aug. 17, 2022