“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lansing, Michigan Historical Markers

Austin Blair Statue image, Touch for more information
By Bill Pfingsten, November 20, 2016
Austin Blair Statue
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Austin Blair ó War Governor of Michigan ó 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864
He gave the best years of his life to Michigan, and his fame is inseparably linked with the glorious achievements of her citizen soldiers. — Map (db m103326) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L2226 — Carnegie Library
Side A Andrew Carnegie credited libraries with opening the "treasures of knowledge and imagination through which youth may ascend." This belief led him to provide funding for more than 1,600 libraries across the United States. Designed by . . . — Map (db m103324) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L790A — Central United Methodist Church
The first recorded Methodist meeting in Lansing was held in 1845 when the Reverend Lewis Coburn preached in the log cabin of Joab Page of North Lansing. In 1850 a Methodist class (congregation) was formed in what is now central Lansing. Its first . . . — Map (db m103630) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1632 — Church of the Resurrection / Monsignor John A. Gabriels
Side A Church of the Resurrection - On June 15 1922, the Most Reverend Michael J. Gallagher, bishop of Detroit, sent Father John A. Gabriels to Lansing to establish a Catholic parish east of the Pere Marquette railroad tracks that would . . . — Map (db m103327) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Drs. Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering
Dr. Pearl Kendrick (1890-1980) and Dr. Grace Eldering (1900-1988) In 1932 a severe outbreak of whooping cough struck Grand Rapids. Pearl Kendrick, director of the Michigan Department of Health laboratory there and her colleague Grace . . . — Map (db m103712) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Elijah McCoy 1843-1929
Born in Canada to parents who had once been enslaved in Kentucky, Elijah McCoy studied engineering in Scotland. He settled in Ypsilanti after the Civil War, intending to work as a mechanical engineer. Although discrimination limited him to the . . . — Map (db m103724) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Ernie Harwell b. 1918
Ernie Harwell is the only member of the American sports media in the Guinness Book of Records. Where he is named baseballís most enduring announcer. Harwell, the only announcer to broadcast over a span of seven decades, became the first active . . . — Map (db m103718) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — First Michigan Sharpshooters
First Michigan Sharpshooters. [There follows a list of the regiment's officers.] The regiment was organized during the winter of 1862 and 1863 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Disbanded at Jackson, Michigan, August 7th, 1865. The entire enrollment of . . . — Map (db m26786) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1471C — First Presbyterian Church
Side A This church, Lansing's first congregation to affiliate nationally (with the Marshall Presbytery), was founded on December 17, 1847. It was organized by the Reverend Calvin Clark, an agent for the American Home Missionary Society. . . . — Map (db m103502) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — First Regiment Michigan Engineers
Rendezvoused at Camp Owen, Marshall, Michigan Mustered October 29, 1861 Regimental Organization twelve companies 150 men each Total enrollment during war 2920 men Served in Thbe Army of the Ohio, Army of the Cumberland, Army of the Tennessee Engaged . . . — Map (db m99956) WM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Freedom Patriotism Humanity
To commemorate the valor and patriotism of the men of the nation who served in the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection and the China Relief Expedition 1898 - 1902.

This monument erected through the efforts of the various camps and . . . — Map (db m99954) WM

Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Jeff Daniels b. 1955
Danielís career took off when he won a 1982 OBIE Award for his performance in the one-man Off-Broadway play “Johnny Got His Gun,” Known for his varied movie roles, he is also a director, playwright and entrepreneur. Remaining . . . — Map (db m103720) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Joe Louis Barrow 1914-1981
Joe Louis learned to box as a teenager at Detroitís Brewster Recreation Center. With power in both hands and great strength, Louis quickly rose through the amateur ranks and turned pro in 1934. He won the world heavyweight title in 1937 at the . . . — Map (db m103682) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1430 — John T. Herrmann House
This English Tudor house was built in 1893 for John T. Herrmann, a Lansing tailor. Herrmann immigrated to Lansing from Bernsberg, Germany in 1872 with his wife, Katharine, and two children Henry and Christian, In 1878 John Herrmann opened the . . . — Map (db m103355) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Jonas Salk 1914-1995
Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine. Poliomyelitis, also known as infantile paralysis, was a feared disease that could cause paralysis or death. Salk began his career at the University of Michiganís School of Public Health, . . . — Map (db m103709) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1449 — Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College was established on April 8, 1957, by the Lansing Public Schools. It opened that fall with 425 students and sixteen faculty members. It offered civil mechanical and electronics technologies as well as practical nursing and . . . — Map (db m103351) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — S587C — Lansing's First Capitol Building / Lansing Becomes the Capital City
Lansing's First Capitol Building Early in 1847, three commissioners were appointed to select an appropriate site for the capitol in Lansing. The contract for construction was awarded on June 3, 1847. Building materials were shipped by boat on . . . — Map (db m99950) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Mack-e-te-be-nessy “Andrew J. Blackbird” c. 1815-1908
Educated first in Odawa (Ottawa) skills and traditions, Andrew J. Blackbird struggled to find the resources to Euro-American schools. He eventually studied at Ypsilanti State Normal School. His command of English enabled him to work as an . . . — Map (db m103710) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Michigan
This memorial presented to the State of Michigan by Michigan's veterans organizations and auxiliaries is one of the first multi-conflict memorials erected in the United States to memorialize the service and sacrifices of a states servicemen and . . . — Map (db m99957) WM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — S0575 — Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building
Michigan School for the Blind Michigan began educating the blind in 1859 at Flint's Michigan Asylum. In 1879 the legislature established the Michigan School for the Blind, which opened here on September 29, 1880, with 35 students. The next . . . — Map (db m103504) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Michigan State Capitol ó Constructed 1872 to 1878
In 1871 Governor Henry P. Baldwin challenged Michigan's legislature to build a fireproof capitol to house the state;s governmental offices, recdords, and civil war relics. Modeled after the United States Capitol, it is one of thje first post-civil . . . — Map (db m99952) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — HB1 — Michigan State Capitol / Michigan's Three Capitols
Michigan State Capitol Hailed by Michigan citizens as a proud symbol of their young and growing state, this building was dedicated on January 1, 1879. National publications praised its scandal-free construction which took six years, and its . . . — Map (db m99951) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1185 — Morgan B. Hungerford House
This Late Victorian house, designed by Darius B. Moon was built by Morgan B. Hungerford in 1880. Hungerford (1830-1903) had arrived in the area in 1858. He farmed a large tract of land in what is now west Lansing and served one term as justice of . . . — Map (db m103352) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L2211 — Mt. Hope Cemetery
Side A Mount Hope Cemetery opened as Lansing's new city cemetery in June 1874 on what was formerly the John Miller Farm. Between 1874 and 1881 the city vacated the Lansing City Cemetery, located on the site of what would become Oak Park, and moved . . . — Map (db m103622) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1353 — North Presbyterian Church
Side A On October 19, 1863, fourteen members of Lansingís First Presbyterian Church signed the Articles of Association creating the Franklin Street Church Society. The society acquired a lot for a church from James Turner, a merchant and . . . — Map (db m103349) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1140 — Rogers-Carrier House
Lansing architect Darius B. Moon built this Queen Anne style house in 1891 for realtor H. M. Rogers. Purchased by Lansing merchant M. R. Carrier in 1905, the house was occupied by the Carrier family until 1964. In 1966, Lansing Community College . . . — Map (db m103621) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L1689 — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Side A In 1848, soon after the Michigan legislature relocated the state capital to Lansing Township, an Episcopal society met in the new capitol, located at Washington Avenue and Allegan Street. The society which became a parish in 1856, . . . — Map (db m103358) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — S588C — State Bar of Michigan
The State Bar of Michigan was established by the legislature in 1935 as an organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice and the delivery of legal services. Every lawyer licensed to practice in Michigan is required to be a . . . — Map (db m99958) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Stevie Wonder b. 1950
In the early 1960ís, he was “Little Stevie Wonder,” a Motown prodigy enrolled at the Michigan School for the Blind. As a young adult, the Saginaw native began writing songs and producing records independently. He said, “When . . . — Map (db m103722) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Thomas Edison 1847-1931
As a boy in Port Huron, Thomas Edison spent hours in the laboratory he created in his parents basement. A technological genius, his passion for inventing devices that met practical needs led to more than 1,000 patents and laboratories that helped . . . — Map (db m103716) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — S0629 — Town of Michigan /Lansing
Town of Michigan ) In 1847, required by Michigan's 1835 constitution to choose a permanent capital site within the first decade of statehood, the legislature voted to move the capital from Detroit. Convinced that the governmental seat should be . . . — Map (db m92851) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L0987 — Trinity A.M.E. Church
Side 1 Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church of Lansing is the oldest black church in the city. Its first services were held in a building on North Washington Avenue. The church formally organized by the Reverend Mr. Henderson of the . . . — Map (db m103507) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L0238 — Turner-Dodge House
Side A James Turner, a Lansing pioneer, originally owned this property. A native of New York, Turner came to Lansing in 1847 from nearby Mason, where he was a merchant. He immediately opened a general store in the Seymour House, the first . . . — Map (db m103348) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — L2141 — Union Depot
The Union Depot began passenger service for the Michigan Central and Pere Marquette Railroads in 1902. The Detroit architectural firm of Spier and Rohns, which planned many Michigan Central stations, designed the building with Chateauesque conical . . . — Map (db m103659) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — Walter Reuther 1907-1970
Walter Reuther was a skilled die maker in Ford auto plants. Following a family heritage of labor and political activism, he joined the young United Auto Workers (UAW) in 1936 and quickly emerged as a leader. He gained national attention in May 1937 . . . — Map (db m103708) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — William Crapo “Billy” Durant 1861-1947
Unlike most automotive pioneers, Flintís William Durant was not an inventor. Co-owner of the nationís largest horse-drawn carriage company, he was a super salesman who saw the sales and marketing potential of the automobile. Impressed with a . . . — Map (db m103714) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Lansing — 766 — Woodbury-Kerns House
Darius B. Moon, prominent turn-of-the century Lansing architect, designed this Queen Anne house in 1896 for Chester E. Woodbury, founder of the Lansing Capitol Savings and Loan Association. The structureís last residential owner was William G. . . . — Map (db m103322) HM

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