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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Port Huron, Michigan

Clickable Map of St. Clair 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> St. Clair County, MI (68) Lapeer County, MI (36) Macomb County, MI (125) Sanilac County, MI (21)  St.ClairCounty(68) St. Clair County (68)  LapeerCounty(36) Lapeer County (36)  MacombCounty(125) Macomb County (125)  SanilacCounty(21) Sanilac County (21)
Port Huron is the county seat for St. Clair County
Port Huron is in St. Clair County
      St. Clair County (68)  
      Lapeer County (36)  
      Macomb County (125)  
      Sanilac County (21)  
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1Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — S0404 — Huron Lightship
Commissioned in 1921, the Huron began service as a relief vessel for other Great Lakes lightships. She is ninety-seven feet long, twenty-four feet in beam, and carried a crew of eleven. On clear nights her beacon could be seen for fourteen miles. . . . Map (db m41197) HM
2Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — All Aboard!
This is the Fort Gratiot Station. It welcomed immigrants, settlers, military and other travelers to Port Huron during the late 19th century. The Grand Trunk Railway built this depot in 1858 and launched daily passenger service to Detroit the . . . Map (db m76020) HM
3Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Bridging the Blue Waters
People first crossed the St. Clair River using logs, rafts and canoes. Steam-powered ferries began carrying freight and people in the 1840s. The river current pushed tethered swing ferries from shore to shore. Later other ferries were used, and . . . Map (db m76014) HM
4Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Civil War Memorial
This boulder and tablet were placed here by The Department of Michigan Woman's Relief Corps in memory of and dedicated to The Civil War Veterans. 1861 - 1865 "They are sleeping in the valleys, They are sleeping 'neath the . . . Map (db m76102) WM
5Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Customhouse
October 6, 1988 This structure, which has served as the Port Huron, Michigan Customhouse since 1874, was dedicated as a Historic Bicentennial Customhouse in honor and recognition of U.S. Customs steadfast and vigilant service to the . . . Map (db m76103) HM
6Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Edison Homesite
Thomas Alva Edison was seven years old in 1854 when he and his family moved to Port Huron. They moved into a house on the Fort Gratiot Military Reservation, a short distance south of here. This is where young "Al" conducted his first experiments . . . Map (db m76049) HM
7Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Fort Gratiot
On this site stood Fort Gratiot Built 1814 by Capt. Charles Gratiot Abandoned 1979 Erected by Ottawawa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1914Map (db m197704) HM
8Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Fort Gratiot Light
In 1825, A lighthouse was established near the mouth of the St. Clair River, at the southern end of Lake Huron. It sat just north of Fort Gratiot, a military outpost that would give the lighthouse its name. That light, of poor construction and . . . Map (db m76077) HM
9Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — S0332 — Fort Gratiot Light
This lighthouse, oldest in Michigan, was built in 1829 to replace a tower destroyed by a storm. Lucius Lyon, the builder, was Deputy Surveyor General of the Northwest Territory and later a United States senator from Michigan. In the 1860s workers . . . Map (db m156750) HM
10Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 80 — Fort St. Joseph
Built near here in 1686 by the French explorer Duluth, this fort was the second white settlement in lower Michigan. This post guarded the upper end of the vital waterway joining Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Designed to bar English traders from the . . . Map (db m41194) HM
11Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Great Storm of 1913 and Sailors Memorial
[Side A] On November 7-10, 1913, two major storms collided over the Great Lakes. This created hurricane like winds that lasted over 16 hours, producing waves over forty feet tall. As the storm intensified, temperatures dropped below . . . Map (db m76068) HM
12Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Hammond American Legion Post 8 Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all the departed Post 8 Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion membersMap (db m76107) WM
13Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 970 — Harrington Hotel
The Harrington Hotel opened amid much fanfare in 1896. A unique blend of Romanesque, Classical and Queen Anne architecture, the hotel thrived for many years. As business declined due to the popularity of automobile travel, expressways and . . . Map (db m76104) HM
14Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Immigration
Many people coming to the United States from other lands entered through this depot. By 1881, more than 77,000 immigrants first stepped foot on American soil here. Port Huron folks gathered here to see and hear the new arrivals, fascinated by . . . Map (db m79067) HM
15Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Intersection of Military Road and Indian Reservation
This tablet marks the intersection of the eastern line of the Indian Reservation surveyed in 1810 provided by the treaty made Nov. 17, 1807 between the U.S. Government and the Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawattamie [sic], and Wyandotte Indians with the . . . Map (db m76101) HM
16Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Keepers Duties
Daily Duties of a Keeper...... • Hand carry fuel up to the lantern room and fueling the lamp. • Trimming the wicks (later, replacing the mantles and pumping up the oil vaporizer). • Regularly cleaning and polishing (with jeweler's . . . Map (db m76100) HM
17Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Learning from Lake Huron
Lake Huron's basin was formed by glacier movement over 20,000 years ago. The lake was created when melting ice filled the basin gouged by the glaciers. Lake Huron took its present shape around 3,000 years ago. Lake Huron is the second largest . . . Map (db m76081) HM
18Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Making Tracks
The Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada opened the first track between here and Detroit in 1859. As years passed, other railroads reached Port Huron. A line to Flint opened in 1871. Another extended into the Thumb in 1879. In 1886, the Port . . . Map (db m76046) HM
19Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — L1506 — Methodist Episcopal Church
(Side A) This congregation dates from 1849, when people worshipped in log barracks within Fort Gratiot. Known as the Mission of Fort Gratiot, it was served by circuit riders until 1859 when the Reverend Samuel Clemens began his tenure. The . . . Map (db m41198) HM
20Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Native Americans
Archaeologists found evidence of a native village (circa 1000 A.D.) located one block north of where you are standing. These prehistoric people fished the waters of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, hunted game and gathered foods in nearby . . . Map (db m76016) HM
21Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 2160 — Port Huron Public Library
In 1902 the city of Port Huron secured money from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to erect a municipal library. Two years later, this grand, Beaux-Arts-style building was completed at a cost of $45,000. Chicago architects Patton and Miller . . . Map (db m76105) HM
22Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Seeing the Light
Evolution of Lighting the Way It has long been documented that the first shoreline lights were wood burning fires set on hillsides. Later, these wood fires were moved to the top of man-made towers. Wood however proved to be inefficient, as . . . Map (db m76076) HM
23Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Sending a Signal
Dense fog on Lake Huron could spell disaster to vessels filled with passengers and valuable cargo. When fog was present and visibility was poor, mariners were forced to rely on sound to navigate their way into the St. Clair River. Early fog . . . Map (db m76083) HM
24Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Ships on the St. Clair
The St. Clair River has always been an important part of the Great Lakes system. For centuries native people traveled throughout the region in canoes, as did the early French fur traders. In 1679, LaSalle's Griffon was the first sailing . . . Map (db m76015) HM
25Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — The "John S. Martin"
On August 4, 1900, the "Fontana" sank while in these narrows. Several weeks later, on September 25, 1900, the "Martin", a 225 foot schooner with a load of iron ore, was being towed downbound from Lake Huron by the steamer "Grover". In attempting to . . . Map (db m41203) HM
26Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — The Storm
The Great Storm of 1913 lasted from November 7th through the 11th. It is often referred to as the "Big Blow", the "Freshwater Fury" or the "White Hurricane". The storm hit four of the five Great Lakes, and was particularly ferocious in Lake . . . Map (db m76080) HM
27Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Thomas Alva Edison
[Bas relief panels highlight significant events in Edison's life, including] Edison the railroad entrepreneur Edison the young scientist Edison inventionsMap (db m76067) HM
28Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — 283 — Tom Edison at Grand Trunk
The Grand Trunk Railroad depot to the right is where 12-year-old Tom Edison departed daily on the Port Huron-Detroit run. In 1859, the railroad's first year of operation. Tom persuaded the company to let him sell newspapers and confections on . . . Map (db m76017) HM
29Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Underground Railroad
Prior to the Civil War, African American slaves, in brave and desperate attempts to flee from slave owners in the Southern states, passed through Port Huron via the Underground Railroad. It was not a real railroad but a system of routes where . . . Map (db m76050) HM
30Michigan (St. Clair County), Port Huron — Wilderness Outpost
Fort Gratiot was built by the U.S. Army in 1814 to guard the strategic junction of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Troops stood ready to defend Michigan and the U.S. against British forces in Canada. As settlement moved westward, the fort . . . Map (db m76048) HM
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Jul. 6, 2022