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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Clickable Map of Washtenaw 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> Washtenaw County, MI (278) Jackson County, MI (118) Lenawee County, MI (132) Livingston County, MI (65) Monroe County, MI (187) Oakland County, MI (414) Wayne County, MI (550)  WashtenawCounty(278) Washtenaw County (278)  JacksonCounty(118) Jackson County (118)  LenaweeCounty(132) Lenawee County (132)  LivingstonCounty(65) Livingston County (65)  MonroeCounty(187) Monroe County (187)  OaklandCounty(414) Oakland County (414)  WayneCounty(550) Wayne County (550)
Ann Arbor is the county seat for Washtenaw County
Ypsilanti is in Washtenaw County
      Washtenaw County (278)  
      Jackson County (118)  
      Lenawee County (132)  
      Livingston County (65)  
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1Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — 107th Field Signal Battalion U.S.A. / World War Memorial
Plaque 1: In honor of our brave men of the 107th Field Signal Battalion U. S. A. which brigaded with the 32nd Division rendered distinguished service at Chateau Thierry, Soissons, Fismes. Juvigny, and in the Argonne and in memory . . . Map (db m160300) WM
2Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — 220 N. Huron — A Home Becomes a Museum
This lovely building has been many homes. It was built in the Italianate style in 1860, as our nation's Civil War approached, for the family of bank president Asa Dow. It continued as a home for families until 1922. As apartments, it . . . Map (db m96994) HM
3Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Abraham Lincoln Statue
This statue of Abraham Lincoln was dedicated on May 4, 1938. This 13 foot limestone rendering of our 16th President is the creation of artist, Samuel Cashwan. The project was funded by the Federal Works Project Administration (W.P.A.) and by . . . Map (db m210819) HM
4Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — AU-32 — Alban Cemetery
Alban Cemetery was organized on June 20, 1885, at the Evangelical Friends Church. The Alban family spearheaded the establishment of the cemetery. The land was originally deeded by Lemmanuel Allen to the Gordon family for that purpose. The Alban . . . Map (db m171185) HM
5Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Early Days in Depot Town
In the 1840s and 1850s, the community that grew up around the depot was known by the old-timers as the "East Side." A rivalry over business development in Ypsilanti between East side and the West side, the dividing line being the Huron River, was . . . Map (db m102374) HM
6Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — 94 — Eastern Michigan College
Founded by legislative action in 1849 as the Michigan State Normal School, it was the first state teacher education school west of Albany. Its aim was to provide instruction "in the art of teaching and in all the various branches that pertain to a . . . Map (db m91656) HM
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7Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — S642 — Elijah McCoy
Canada-born Elijah McCoy (1843-1929) automated steam engine maintenance, previously done by hand, by patenting an automatic lubricator in 1872. By 1926 he had patented more than forty lubricating devices used internationally on trains and boats and . . . Map (db m173420) HM
8Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Facing the Fire — at the Michigan Firehouse Museum
Something had to be done. Constructed in 1898 and in service for over 75 years, this firehouse combined two separate volunteer fire companies into one centalized fire station. A paid department and a dedicated building represented a major . . . Map (db m98474) HM
9Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — First City Hall — 1858 — 6 W. Cross Street —
1858 First City Hall 6 W. Cross Street Placed By Ypsilanti Chapter Daughters Of The American Revolution July 4, 1976Map (db m159750) HM
10Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — L1961 — First Methodist Episcopal Church
When the First Methodist Episcopal Church opened in June 1892, the Ypsilantian called it "an ornament to the city." The church typifies Akron Plan churches, popular among late nineteenth century Protestants. The Akron architectural firm of . . . Map (db m90905) HM
11Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — L1615 — First Presbyterian Church
Originally built in 1857 with a single, central spire, the First Presbyterian Church was greatly enlarged and rededicated in 1899. Detroit architect Julius Hess redesigned the church, using the original sanctuary walls, and added a columned entrance . . . Map (db m90667) HM
12Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Food and Drink — Haab's Carries on the Tradition
Along the road, a welcoming tradition. The road was once called the Sauk Trail, the Military Chicago Road, Congress Road, and, eventually, Michigan Avenue. For travel by foot, horse, stagecoach, truck, or automobile, it has endured as a . . . Map (db m98488) HM
13Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — YC-27 — Highland Cemetery
Highland is typical of the "rural tradition" cemetery design which emphasizes its natural setting. This design originated in France and was first seen in Greenwood Cemetery in New York. Highland Cemetery, as well as Forest Hill in Ann Arbor, was . . . Map (db m174343) HM
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14Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Hudsons & Friends — at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
The building has stories to tell It can tell about first being built as an electric plant before being converted to manufacturing in 1905. There are memories of 1916 when it became the first Dodge dealership outside Detroit, later becoming a . . . Map (db m94320) HM
15Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — In Loving Memory of Carpenters Post No. 180
Grand Army of the Republic Dedicated by Carpenter's Woman's Relief Corps No. 65 Carpenter's Camp No. 180 Sons of Union Veterans Martha Beach Tent No. 5 Daughters of Union Veterans Ypsilanti, Mich. 1924Map (db m165342) WM
16Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — B47 — Ladies' Literary Club House
This house, built prior to 1842 by Arden Ballard, has been recognized by the Historic American Building Survey as a model of Greek Revival architecture. The house was purchased by the Ladies' Literary Club in 1913.Map (db m90645) HM
17Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — AU-4 — Lincoln Consolidated School
This School District, first named "Agricultural Rural Training School No. 1 of Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships" was renamed Lincoln Consolidated School, because the school board felt "It was the fulfillment of the ideals for which Abraham . . . Map (db m210816) HM
18Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Lincoln Consolidated School 1924
The first multi-township school in Michigan and the first rural consolidated school in the United States affiliated with the teacher training college. This exemplary rural consolidated school was founded under the leadership of Dr. M.S. . . . Map (db m210818) HM
19Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Manufacturing History — at the Corner of Norris & Forest
Manufacturing here spanned most of the 20th Century, reflecting the changing economy in Ypsilanti and in America. In 1907 the Ypsilanti Hay Press Company first built a factory here by the Huron River and the railroad tracks to make . . . Map (db m98955) HM
20Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Michigan Avenue Industry — Ypsilanti's Automotive Manufacturing
The early automotive industry came to Ypsilanti just after World War I. In 1919, Apex Motor Corporation built a small factory on River Street just south of Michigan Avenue to manufacture various "Ace" vehicles. But by 1925 three . . . Map (db m98724) HM
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21Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — L2029 — Michigan Central Freighthouse
The Michigan Central Railroad (MCRR) came to Ypsilanti in 1838, transforming the farming community into a transportation center. This Italianate structure, built in 1878, increased the freight-handling capacity of the MCRR's Ypsilanti complex. Goods . . . Map (db m98954) HM
22Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Michigan Central Railroad Depot — 90 Maple Street
The railroad came to Ypsilanti in 1838. The inaugural ride was truly a distinguished party that included the 19 year old "Boy Governor," Stevens T. Mason and John D. Pierce, the first State Superintendent of Education. Their arrival on a cold . . . Map (db m103371) HM
23Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Michigan Central Railroad Gardens — 8 Oak Street
The triangular plot of land along River Street was originally called "Cass Plat" in honor of Governor Lewis Cass. It later became a children's playground. The Ypsilanti Depot Gardens were the pride of the Central Railroad Line. Mr. John . . . Map (db m103347) HM
24Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — 128 — Michigan's Interurbans
Michigan's first interurban, the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, began operating in 1890. Pulled by a steam engine, the cars went west on Packard Road to the Ann Arbor city limits. Because of the low fares (10 cents one way) and frequent service (cars . . . Map (db m90632) HM
25Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Power on the River — Ford's Ypsilanti Village Industry
Henry Ford wasn't the first to harness the flowing Huron River. In the 1880s, dams built along the river through Ypsilanti provided waterpower to mills processing paper, wool, lumber, and grain. In 1931, Ford bought property along the river . . . Map (db m98723) HM
26Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — L1137 — Prospect Park — Registered Michigan Historic Site
In 1842 this site became Ypsilanti's second cemetery, and at one time approximately 250 people were buried here. However, when Highland Cemetery opened in 1864, the use of this site began to decline. Inspired by a nationwide parks movement, in 1891 . . . Map (db m101206) HM
27Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Reverend John D. Pierce
This boulder marks the site of the house where Reverend John D. Pierce, founder of the public school system in Michigan, lived from 1867 to 1880.Map (db m96266) HM
28Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery
The parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ypsilanti was founded by Father Thomas Cullen in 1844. The parish built a small wooden Catholic Church on the corner of Cross and Hamilton Streets. In 1858 a brick church replaced the wooden . . . Map (db m174345) HM
29Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Amazing Quarter Mile — Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti
It's hard to count all the brands of automobiles that were sold on the south side of Michigan Avenue. Right here, between the Huron River Bridge and Park Street, 17 auto dealers sold 31 different brands of cars and trucks during the 1900s. . . . Map (db m98722) HM
30Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — S724 — The Barracks / Ypsilanti in the Civil War
The Barracks When the Civil War began in 1861, this corner site housed a commercial building called the Norris Block. Its location across the street from the railroad station made it an ideal place for short-term lodging for enlistees . . . Map (db m101216) HM
31Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Bomber Restaurant — Food, Fun, and Military History
You can get hungry building B-24 bombers. The Bomber Restaurant was first given its name in 1942 by Florence Bladwin [sic] Averill. The massive Ford B-24 bomber plant had just opened at nearby Willow Run Airport to supply aircraft . . . Map (db m98698) HM
32Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Last Hudson Dealership — 100 East Cross Street
The building, originally occupied by the Ypsilanti Electric Company in 1896, became a Dodge automobile dealership in 1917. Joseph H. Thompson was one of the first Dodge dealers in Michigan. In 1933 Hudson Sales and Services opened its doors, later . . . Map (db m94400) HM
33Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Oliver House — 39-41 East Cross Street
Each day, many passenger trains stopped in Depot Town. Many hotels were built to accommodate the number of travelers stopping in the area. The building, known then as the Carr Hotel was built in the 1870s. It later became The Neat House, Lewis . . . Map (db m103293) HM
34Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Real McCoy
Among the many contributions to the Industrial Revolution few are more important than the lubricating cup, invented by Elijah McCoy. He was born in Canada, educated in Scotland and made Ypsilanti his home. As a fireman on the Michigan Central . . . Map (db m103321) HM
35Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Thompson Building — 400 - 412 North River Street
This building's history is one of the most fascinating in Depot Town. It was built with bricks brought from Mark Norris' Western Hotel which was previously destroyed by fire. The Thompson Building opened in 1861 just as the first shots of the Civil . . . Map (db m102411) HM
36Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — YC-48 — Town Hall School
The Town Hall School built on the Geddes farm, carries with it a rich family and educational tradition. The first Geddes came to this area in 1824 and the family possesses the 1827 deed to the farm signed by President John Quincy Adams. In 1852, . . . Map (db m95367) HM
37Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — S0509 — Willow Run
[Marker Front]: Willow Run (1941-1953) After entering World War II in 1941, America desperately needed military equipment and supplies. The Ford Motor Company had begun building this factory in April 1941. Outstanding industrial . . . Map (db m14296) HM
38Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Ypsilanti — and the Tucker Phenomenon
It was America's "first completely new car in fifty years" and the vision in 1945 of Preston Tucker, who lived at 110 North Park Street in Ypsilanti. He was the general manager of his family's Ypsilanti Machine & Tool Company at 103 North . . . Map (db m98420) HM
39Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — 237 — Ypsilanti
Side 1 Located at the juncture of old Indian trails and the Huron River, this area was the camping and burying ground for several Indian tribes. In 1809 Gabriel Godfroy established an Indian trading post on the west bank of the Huron . . . Map (db m90681) HM
40Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Ypsilanti Civil War Memorial
This Statue was presented by Mary-Ann Starkweather 1861-1865 Erected by the Women's Relief Corps of Ypsilanti in memory of the men who in the War of the Great Rebellion fought to uphold their country's flag . . . Map (db m14142) HM
41Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — L1591 — Ypsilanti Water Tower
Side 1 The Ypsilanti Water Tower was designed by William R. Coats and constructed as part of an elaborate city waterworks project that began in 1889. Located on the highest point in Ypsilanti, the tower was completed in 1890. It is 147 . . . Map (db m95370) HM
42Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Ypsilanti Woolen Mill Company — 522 North Huron
In 1827, a sawmill was built on the Huron River just south of Forest Avenue. Later a grist mill was built on the site and finally in 1839, the Eagle Flouring Mill was constructed there. It burned in 1856. In the early 1860s, the Ypsilanti . . . Map (db m102392) HM
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Feb. 3, 2023