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By Joel Seewald, September 3, 2018
Erin-Warren Fractional District No. 2 School and Marker
Ontario (Essex County), Leamington — Carolinian Canada — Middle Island / Ξle Middle
Middle Island Middle Island is the most southern piece of land in Canada. Only a few metres from the Canada-US border, the tiny 22-hectare island is part of the western Lake Erie archipelago. Migrating birds and insects use the island to . . . — Map (db m124119) HM
Michigan (Bay County), Bay City — Charles B. & Georgiana (McGraw) Curtiss House — c. 1892
Charles came to Bay City in 1864 from Ithaca, NY, to work for sawmill owners Henry Sage and John McGraw, eventually buying the Bay City Dredging Co. His home's architecture is Shavian Manorial, a Queen Anne/Tudor Revival style named after the . . . — Map (db m33909) HM
Michigan (Bay County), Bay City — L0858 — Trinity Church/Trinity Episcopal Church
(front side): Trinity Church Trinity Church grew from a small group of settlers served by Episcopal missionaries beginning around 1842. Church records credit William and Ann Fitzhugh with founding the church. On March 4, 1854, . . . — Map (db m33912) HM
Michigan (Cass County), Cassopolis — L487 — Cass County Courthouse
Completed in 1899, this wooden frame building with limestone veneer is the third courthouse to serve Cass County. The Territorial Government of Michigan established the county in 1829 and named it after then Governor Lewis Cass. Two years later . . . — Map (db m64729) HM
Michigan (Cheboygan County), Mackinaw City — Mackinaw's Civil War Cannons — The Guns (Cannons) That Won the Civil War — Mackinaw City Historical Pathway
During the Civil War and after the battle in Mobile Bay, naval historians called this gun, the 9-inch Dahlgren, the gun "that won the Civil War". We are very lucky to have these three relics from the Civil War here in Makinaw City, Michigan. The . . . — Map (db m105885) HM
Michigan (Clinton County), Grand Ledge — 268 — Michigan's Capital
Ahead lies Lansing, capital of Michigan. In 1835, when the state was organized, Detroit was the capital, as it had been when Michigan was a territory. The capital, after much debate, was moved to its present, more centally located site in 1847. The . . . — Map (db m94905) HM
Michigan (Clinton County), Laingsburg — Sleepy Hollow State Park — Welcome! To Sleepy Hollow State Park!
Sleepy Hollow has three picnic areas with shelters, 1/8 mile of swim beach and a 181 site modern campground. The 11 miles of hiking trails and six miles of bridle trails pass through forested and open land. The park offers examples of "forest . . . — Map (db m119568) HM
Michigan (Crawford County), Grayling — L2270 — Michelson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
In 1882, residents of Grayling built the town's first church for the Methodist Episcopal congregation that had organized in 1879. In 1918, local lumberman Nels Michelson donated funds to erect a large brick church in honor of his late wife, . . . — Map (db m95652) HM
Michigan (Crawford County), Grayling — S0709 — The Return of Kirtland's Warbler
The Kirtland's Warbler was first identified in 1851 from a specimen collected on Dr. Jared Kirtland's Ohio farm. The birds originally depended on fire-created young jack pine forests for summer nesting. Such forests in northern Michigan became their . . . — Map (db m33239) HM
Michigan (Eaton County), Charlotte — S190 — Eaton County / Eaton County Courthouse Square
Eaton County Eaton County was organized in 1837 and named for President Andrew Jackson's war secretary, John H. Eaton. Pioneers had come to Bellevue, the first county seat, in 1833. The county was settled chiefly by New Englanders who . . . — Map (db m121314) HM
Michigan (Eaton County), Grand Ledge — L593 — Fitzgerald Park
Migrant Indian tribes led by the famous Chief Okemos called this area "Big Rocks." They came here in early spring to tap the sugar maples. Later, the beauty of the ledges and woods attracted the Grand Ledge Spiritualist Camp Association which, in . . . — Map (db m122708) HM
Michigan (Eaton County), Grand Ledge — Grand Ledge 1909
Look to your left and up to see the water tank built in 1909. There, an enterprising photographer took this photograph, perhaps the first aerial view of Grand Ledge. He captured a section of the Grand River where the north and south sides were . . . — Map (db m125656) HM
Michigan (Genesee County), Fenton — 1834 Clark Dibble Settlement
This is where it all began—the site on which the first settler, Clark Dibble, built a small home and mill dam, naming the town "Dibbleville". — Map (db m94779) HM
Michigan (Genesee County), Fenton — 1840 Grindstone from Fenton Mills
The flouring mill produced 120 barrels of flour a day. It stood on the site where the Fenton City Hall is now. — Map (db m94776) HM
Michigan (Genesee County), Fenton — L1387 — Fenton United Methodist Church
In March 1837 the Reverend Washington Jackson formed a Methodist congregation in Dibbleville (present-day Fenton) at the home of Levi Warren. Warren donated land and the first church was built in 1853. Its brick walls collapsed during the . . . — Map (db m94759) HM
Michigan (Genesee County), Fenton — L2019 — Saint Jude's Episcopal Church
On May 3, 1858, the Reverend Henry Banwell held Fenton's first Episcopal service for the Ladies Mite Society. The society formally organized as Saint Jude's Episcopal Church on July 18, 1859. In 1860 members built their first church on this site, . . . — Map (db m94716) HM
Michigan (Gratiot County), Breckenridge — L2214 — Drake House
This house was built in 1907 for Wilkie and Rhoda Waggoner Drake. Upon graduating from medical school in 1902, Wilkie Drake (1875-1963) practiced near Detroit and then came to Breckenridge to begin a career that lasted nearly sixty years. After the . . . — Map (db m106658) HM
Michigan (Gratiot County), Ithaca — L1703 — Jackson - Weller House — Built 1881, 1906
Map (db m90511) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), East Lansing — S572 — Alice B. Cowles House
Side 1 The Alice B. Cowles House, built in 1857, is the oldest building on the Michigan State University campus. Built as a "Farm Cottage" on Faculty Row from bricks made of clay from the banks of the Red Cedar River, it was originally the . . . — Map (db m106907) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), East Lansing — L1894 — Collegeville / East Lansing
Collegeville In 1849 when D. Robert Burcham settled in this vicinity, Chippewa and Ottawa Indians lived along the Red Cedar River. Burcham journeyed here on the Indian trail that became the Grand River Road, also known as the Lansing-Howell . . . — Map (db m102977) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), East Lansing — L1338 — Michigan Automobile Dealers Association
In 1920 the Michigan Automotive Trade Association was founded in Detroit. On May 19, 1921, the group was incorporated, with the following officers: G.S. Garber, President: H.H. Shuart Secretary; and Clark Graves, Treasurer. The association's purpose . . . — Map (db m102983) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), East Lansing — L1502 — Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin / St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Parish
Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin Affectionately known as Father Mac, the Reverend Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin (1904-1987) was associated with Lansing area Catholics for nearly 45 years. A native of Ubly, he was ordained in 1932. Father Mac . . . — Map (db m102974) HM
Michigan (Ingham County), Meridian Township — L2133 — Chief Okemos / Okemos Village marker
Chief Okemos Okemos was born in Shiawassee County around 1775. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Sandusky during the War of 1812 and won the respect of the Saginaw Chippewa people. Chief Okemos later signed several treaties on behalf . . . — Map (db m84683) HM
Michigan (Jackson County), Spring Arbor Township — L1910 — Huron Potawatomi Village / Spring Arbor
Huron Potawatomi Village As early as 1825 large numbers of Potawatomi encamped at this location. One of the most prominent Huron Potatwatomi located here was Wabkezhik (Whapcazeek), who was wounded during the 1811 Battle of Tippicanoe Creek . . . — Map (db m84726) HM
Michigan (Lapeer County), Columbiaville — L1162 — United Methodist Church
This handsome Romanesque structure was completed in 1897 for the Methodist Protestant Church of Columbiaville. Local Methodists, with the assistance of circuit riders, had organized the church some forty years earlier. In 1865 the congregation . . . — Map (db m101546) HM
Michigan (Lapeer County), Lapeer — L2196 — The Tuttle House
Lapeer lumberman Columbus Tuttle and his second wife, Linda, had this Queen Anne house built around 1890. Tuttle's planing mill provided lumber for the county's earliest homes and businesses. After lumbering declined during the 1880s, Tuttle's mills . . . — Map (db m101537) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian's Governors
William Greenly was born in New York and came to Adrian in 1836. He became a lawyer and in 1838 was elected a state senator on the Democratic ticket. In 1846 Greenly was elected lieutenant governor. When Governor Alpheus Felch resigned a year . . . — Map (db m104377) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Adrian's Prominent Leaders
Thomas Cooley was the greatest lawyer and judge ever to come out of Lenawee County and is generally considered the finest legal mind Michigan produced during the nineteenth century. During the 1840s and 1850s, Cooley partnered with several local . . . — Map (db m104514) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — History of Kiwanis Trail and Trestle Park
Early in 1974, with much foresight, the City of Adrian adopted a Land Use Plan that called for the acquisition of all river bank property between Riverside and Island Parks. The goal was to connect the two major city parks with a walkway. A major . . . — Map (db m104477) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — History of the Adrian Kiwanis Club
The Adrian Kiwanis Club was begun in 1940, some 35 years after Kiwanis was founded in Detroit. The Adrian club was chartered by the Hillsdale Kiwanis Club and Charter Night was September 25, 1940 with an initial membership of 34. The purpose of . . . — Map (db m104414) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — Spirit of Cooperation
The Adrian Kiwanis Club and the City of Adrian have a rich history of working together to make Adrian a better community. With the assistance of the City in site selection, and through significant public support, the Kiwanis Riverview Terrace, a . . . — Map (db m104500) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L887 — St. John's Lutheran Church
The Reverend William Hatterstaedt helped organize St. John's Lutheran Church in 1847. Until their first church was completed in 1849, the original congregation, fourteen German families, met in a church that belonged to the Episcopalians. Services . . . — Map (db m102923) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Adrian — L671 — St. Joseph's Catholic Church
German immigrants desiring to practice Catholicism in their native language founded St. Joseph's parish in 1863. Father John G. Ehrenstrasser became the first pastor in 1865. This handsome brick and stone church, the second house of worship for this . . . — Map (db m102734) HM
Michigan (Lenawee County), Tipton — L123 — Davenport House
In 1834 Henry W. Sisson of New York settled here and built a log tavern, located on Evans Lake where the Chicago Road enters the Irish Hills. The tavern was purchased in 1839 by John Davenport, who owned the property until 1864. During this time the . . . — Map (db m103701) HM
Michigan (Livingston County), Brighton — 6 — Alvira Gilluly — Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Alvira and her husband, John, lived on Hamburg Road, south of Brighton with their two girls, Carrie and Lucy. John taught school in the Village of Brighton before being admitted to the University of Michigan Law School in the late 1850s. He . . . — Map (db m107677) HM
Michigan (Livingston County), Brighton — 1 — Brighton Hook and Ladder Co. — Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes
The Brighton Hook and Ladder Company Number 1 was formed in 1876 to protect the village against fires. The continued growth of the community and the expansion of the village to the west of Ore Creek created a real need for men and equipment to . . . — Map (db m107603) HM
Michigan (Livingston County), Brighton — 8 — John McKinney — Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes
John McKinney arrived in Brighton in the 1850s as an escaped slave who most likely survived the dangers of hidden travel with the families who operated the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad helped Southern slaves escape to the North and . . . — Map (db m108662) HM
Michigan (Livingston County), Brighton — L1011 — St. Paul's
When the Reverend William A. Clark, D. D., purchased his land in Brighton Township, he set aside an acre as a church site and established a cemetery near it. In 1837 he organized an Episcopal group and conducted its first services in his orchard. . . . — Map (db m107623) HM
Michigan (Mackinac County), St. Ignace — L22 — Gros Cap and St. Helena Island
French fishermen who came to Gros Cap (on the shore below) early last century also participated in its offshore settlement, St. Helena Island, where ships obtained wood fuel and other supplies. There in 1850, Archie and Wilson Newton set up a . . . — Map (db m104025) HM
Michigan (Mackinac County), St. Ignace — Mackinac Bridge, Michigan — National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
Designed by David B. Steinman, and representing a new level of aerodynamic stability in suspension bridges for its time, the Mackinac Bridge was the first suspension bridge to incorporate specific design features to manage the forces imposed on it . . . — Map (db m105762) HM
Michigan (Mackinac County), St. Ignace — Ottawa Indian Village
Here on West Moran Bay, a large 17th century Ottawa village was directly connected by trail and water with Michilimackinac center on Moran Bay, Lake Huron. Both bays were named for Trader Morin whose post was at this settlement. The original burial . . . — Map (db m104013) HM
Michigan (Mackinac County), St. Ignace — Prentiss M. Brown, Michigan Lawyer, Mackinac Visionary — Michigan Legal Milestone
Prentiss Marsh Brown dreamed of what it would take to bridge the Mackinac Straits. He grew up in St. Ignace at the dawn of the 20th century and often gazed south across the Straits, a daunting stretch of cold, deep water. He could not know then . . . — Map (db m105711) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Eastpointe — L1706 — Erin-Warren Fractional District No. 2 School
This school served children in Erin and Warren Townships from 1872 to 1921. Beginning in 1838, German farmer Christian Gerlach held classes in his home. During the 1840s a log building served as a classroom. In 1850 a red frame school was built. . . . — Map (db m122963) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Fraser — Fire Apparatus Bell
The forest fire apparatus bell in America appeared in 1803 on a hose wagon owned by the Philadelphia Hose Company No. 1. A spring-operated clapper rang the bell as the wheels turned, and acted as the warning device. Fire engines to this day are . . . — Map (db m110869) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Ray Township — L1624 — Ray Township District No. 1 School
In 1863, Ray area farmers built what became known popularly as Mill School. Kindergarten through eighth grade students attended school here until 1953. That year the school district consolidated with Romeo School District and it transferred the . . . — Map (db m34018) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Ray Township — L2234 — Wolcott Mill
Wolcott Mill is among the oldest mills in Michigan. Built in the mid-1840s by the Arad Freeman family, early Macomb County settlers. It passed through several owners before Frederick Wolcott purchased it in 1878. The Wolcott family upgraded the . . . — Map (db m87660) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Richmond — L393 — Richmond Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1887, this structure formerly served as the First Congregational Church. When the congregation merged with St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1973, it sold the building to the Richmond Community Theatre. That group adapted the . . . — Map (db m123721) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Romeo — From the Foundry Fires — Engine Blocks for Ford's Model T
Romeo's foundry industry was well-established when Lyman Holmes contacted Ford Motor Company in 1907. Ford was having problems getting engine parts for the Model N automobile from foundries in Detroit. Holmes managed the Romeo Foundry, that . . . — Map (db m123458) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Romeo — L927 — Simpson Park Campground
Side 1 In the early nineteenth century Methodists began holding camp meetings, an outgrowth of their early revivals. Revival services were held during the winter months, and late summer was generally reserved for the district camp meeting. . . . — Map (db m123303) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Romeo — L1424 — Village of Romeo
Originally known as Indian Village, Romeo was platted in 1830 on the former winter campgrounds of a band of Chippewa Indians. Nathaniel Taylor, Ashael Bailey and a Major Larned laid out the village, which was incorporated in 1838. Named Romeo by . . . — Map (db m123372) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Shelby Township — L3048 — Utica Cemetery
John and Mary Stead deeded 4.46 acres of land to the Utica Cemetery Association in 1863. Included in that parcel was a section referred to as the "Old Burying Ground" and a family plot called "Stead's Reserve." The first burial occurred in 1817 upon . . . — Map (db m118901) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), St. Clair Shores — L618 — Selinsky-Green Log House
In 1868, when this area was covered with small farms, Prussian immigrants John and Mary Selinsky bought farm land in Erin Township and built this salt-box house using solid log construction covered with clapboard. The Selinskys gave the house to . . . — Map (db m102473) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Sterling Heights — S0309 — Holcombe Beach
Near this site in 1961 archaeologists from the Aboriginal Research Club and the University of Michigan uncovered evidence of an early Paleo-Indian settlement. Here about 11,000 years ago these first prehistoric dwellers in the Great Lakes region . . . — Map (db m34227) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Warren — 674 — Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant
Side A In 1940 the U.S. Army and the Chrysler Corporation hired Detroit architect Albert Kahn to design a self-contained tank plant. Kahn specialized in factories. In 1941 he designed 20 million square feet of defense plants. The first tank . . . — Map (db m101995) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Warren — S284 — Governor Alex J. Groesbeck
Son of a pioneer Dutch-French family, Groesbeck was born in Warren Township near the corner of Mound and Twelve Mile Roads in 1872. His father's election as sheriff in 1880 caused the family to move to Mount Clemens. In 1893 Alex graduated from the . . . — Map (db m87766) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Warren — The Behrns-Qualmann Farmhouse
German immigrant Joachim Behrns (1808-1888) settled here in 1854. The one-story portion predates 1856, with additions in 1861 and c. 1900. In 1902 son Henry Behrns (1849-1930) sold the farm to the family of his farmhand William Qualmann (1885-1983) . . . — Map (db m106226) HM
Michigan (Macomb County), Warren — L1774 — Warren Union Cemetery
In 1845 pioneer farmer Peter Gillete sold a parcel of land to eighteen families for use a burial ground. The Warren Union Cemetery Association was organized in 1852 to maintain the cemetery, which consists of two and one-quarter acres. Some of the . . . — Map (db m67918) HM
Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L2202 — Fairman Building
Banker Ferdinand Fairman (1833-1902) built this structure in 1880-81. The upper floors housed offices, and the basement and first floor offered a variety of commercial businesses, including a combined tobacco store--billiard hall and Fairman's bank. . . . — Map (db m106784) HM
Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — 114 — Ferris Institute
This college was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge N. Ferris as the Big Rapids Industrial School. His objective was to provide low cost, practical training for all with a real desire to study, regardless of a lack of previous formal education. The . . . — Map (db m106741) HM
Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Ferris State College
This plaque marks the first permanent site of Ferris State College established by Woodbridge N. Ferris 1884 — Map (db m106919) HM
Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L1418 — First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church was designed by W.E.N. Hunter, a Detroit architect who specialized in church designs. The domed Beaux Arts style building reflects a trend in using Early Christian architectural forms of the 4th and 5th centuries in . . . — Map (db m106753) HM
Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — Helen's Garden
Helen Gillespie Ferris (1853-1917) loved flowers as much as she was inspired by learning and cultivating lives. This garden was conceived on the 125th anniversary of the institution that she and her husband Woodbridge N. Ferris, founded to . . . — Map (db m106744) HM
Michigan (Mecosta County), Big Rapids — L414 — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
St. Andrew's Parish was organized in 1870, when Michigan's logging industry was flourishing. Among its early members were George Stearns, the mayor, and Thomas Lazell, the police magistrate. The simple white pine Gothic Revival church was built by . . . — Map (db m106747) HM
Michigan (Monroe County), Monroe — S165 — Michigan: Historic Crossroads / Michigan: Twenty-Sixth State
Michigan: Historic Crossroads Because of its location in the heart of the upper Great Lakes, Michigan has been a historic crossroads. Its waterways and trails were favorite routes of Indians many centuries ago. French explorers first entered . . . — Map (db m100856) HM
Michigan (Montmorency County), Atlanta — L1808 — Big Rock
Natural features have often played a role in the naming of communities. One such settlement was Big Rock. Named after a massive boulder, this hamlet was located at the crossroads of present-day M-32 and Thornton Road. Seth Gillet became the first . . . — Map (db m33279) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Johnston-Shaw Building
Dr. Daniel Johnston, dentist, and Dr. Ninian T. Shaw, a physician, had this two story brick commercial building erected in 1905. The facade of this building was extended north to include the O'Neal Building (112 South Old Woodward) and give the . . . — Map (db m86303) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The National Bank Building
In 1919, on the former site of the old National Hotel, George Mitchell and Almeron Whitehead erected this building to house the First National Bank and various shops. Throughout the decades, different banks have occupied this building, including the . . . — Map (db m86378) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The Shain Townhouses
These townhouses were built as two story attached dwelling units in the Arts and Crafts style in 1916. Their use is commercial now, but their appearance is still very much as it originally was. — Map (db m86369) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Bloomfield Hills — L1156 — The Academy of the Sacred Heart
Responding to a request from the Antoine Beaubien family, five religious of the French order of the Sacred Heart came from New York to Detroit in 1851. The religious opened a school on Jefferson Avenue in June of that year with ten day students and . . . — Map (db m68347) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Bloomfield Township — Van Every Gristmill
In 1837, Colonel Peter Van Every erected a flouring mill on the banks of the Franklin River. For a time, this mill was the only gristmill in Oakland County at which a farmer could sell wheat for cash money. A potashery was erected in 1838 at . . . — Map (db m98769) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Commerce Township — L1297 — Commerce United Methodist Congregation / Commerce United Methodist Church
Commerce United Methodist Congregation A Methodist Episcopal class, which later became a church society, was organized in Commerce in 1838. For many years, it was part of the Farmington Circuit. The Reverend Daniel C. Jacokes was the . . . — Map (db m99136) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — 266 — First Quaker Meeting
In the 1820's, members of the Society of Friends played a key role in the settlement of several Michigan communities. Farmington was founded in 1824 by Arthur Power, a Quaker from Farmington, New York. In 1831, what was apparently Michigan's first . . . — Map (db m85104) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Oakwood Cemetery
This peaceful area of natural beauty was donated by Arthur Power, Farmington founder, from his original holdings for use as a non-denominational cemetery. The first person to die in Farmington was a Mr. Green, the village cobbler, who was interred . . . — Map (db m85207) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — The Village Center
Two Indian Trails crossed at this point: the Orchard Lake Trail running north and south, and the Shiawassee Trail running east and west. In 1824, a Quaker settlement began to develop around this point. In the 1850's, the settlement expanded . . . — Map (db m85158) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L955 — Lemuel Botsford House
Lemuel and Lucy Botsford were Quakers. From Salisbury, Connecticut, they moved to Lyons, New York, and in 1836 to Farmington's Quaker settlement. In 1837 the Botsfords built this Greek Revival house on what became known as Botsford Hill. The house . . . — Map (db m105576) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L2005 — Spicer Barn
Built c. 1880 — Map (db m105662) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — 100 Year Anniversary — 1915 - 2015
This beautiful historic building was constructed and then destroyed by fire in 1914. Known as The Ferndale School, it was re-built in time for the 1915 school year. Eventually known as The Central School, in the 1920's it was remodeled for District . . . — Map (db m107989) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — Deputy Albert Anderson — Murdered in the Line of Duty August 12, 1917
Shortly after midnight on August 12, 1917, Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson arrived at Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue on the interurban railway car. After disembarking, he noticed a suspicious man in front of a nearby business. . . . — Map (db m108384) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — In Memory of Vincent Chin
The State Bar of Michigan 34th Michigan Legal Milestone marker commemorates Ferndale as the birthplace in 1983 of the pan-ethnic Asian American civil and victim's rights movement resulting in the formation of the civil rights organization . . . — Map (db m108321) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — 705 — Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection
During the 1950s, as Oakland County's population soared, the corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue became the most congested crossroad in Michigan. The solution, envisioned in a plan created by Detroit and its surrounding counties in the . . . — Map (db m31894) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — The Badder Building — 22801 Woodward — established 1920
At the northwest corner was the first two story brick commercial and office building in Ferndale, home to Leonard's Drugs in the 1920's and McMillan's Drugs in the 1940's. Two well-known businesses, Federal Department Store and Radio City, . . . — Map (db m108287) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — The Lux Building — 22800 Woodward — established 1922
Originally built as a one-story building at the NE corner, and later that decade, a second story was added. On July 16, 1988, a stolen '88 Buick ran three red lights on northbound Woodward and broadsided an eastbound Pontiac at E. Nine Mile Rd. The . . . — Map (db m108250) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Franklin — L2063 — Franklin Cemetery
Side 1 In 1827 Elijah Bullock, one of the founders of the Stoughton Bullock Settlement (renamed Franklin in 1828), set aside land for a burial ground. This parcel, known as "the Old Plat," is in the southeast corner of the cemetery. The . . . — Map (db m98761) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Holly — L0602 — Battle Alley
This historic district was once the scene of frequent brawls. In 1880, an uproar between local rowdies and workers of a traveling circus rendered so many bruised, beaten, and jailed, that this street was thus named "Battle Alley." Carry A. Nation, . . . — Map (db m34527) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Milford — Milford Rural Agricultural School
The "Milford Rural Agricultural School" was the first building in Milford Township designed solely for high school pupils. It was built in 1926 and was located on the east side of Hickory Street between Detroit and Summit Streets. This name stone . . . — Map (db m125287) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Milford — Mont Eagle — Bridge to History — 1988
This bridge was built by the determined efforts of a small group of Milford people, with the help of many Originally built in 1885 — Map (db m125407) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Oakland Township — Carriage Barn Replica
This building is a replica of the original carriage barn that stood on this site. The original building was circa 1870, and was rumored to have been moved to this site in 1910. It was a two-bay timber framed building constructed of hand hewn . . . — Map (db m97707) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Rochester — City of Rochester, Michigan — 1978
On this site 1817-The first house built in Oakland County 1818-The first settler's child born in Oakland County 1823-The first school started in Rochester — Map (db m118709) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Rochester — L1756 — Rochester Opera House
Built in 1890, the Opera House Block opened with the First National Bank and Norton Pharmacy on its ground floor. On November 7, 1890, a grand opening dance launched the upper-level opera house as Rochester's social and cultural center. Until 1933 . . . — Map (db m98520) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Rochester — The Oak Leaf — represents Oakland County — Explore Rochester and Our City Seal
The Oak leaf symbolizes our broader community, Oakland County, of which Rochester was the first settlement. The tall, strong and enduring trees the county was named after dominate the surrounding landscape and played a critical role in supporting . . . — Map (db m118801) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Rochester Hills — 1850 Red House
Built in approximately 1850, the Red House originally sat across the street from the Van Hoosen Farmhouse. The architectural style is Greek Revival and it appears that the existing structure, though very small, was built in three different phases, . . . — Map (db m119058) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Rochester Hills — 96 — Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal
This canal, conceived at the peak of the era of canal-building, was part of Michigan's internal improvements program which was announced in 1837. The Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal would make it possible to cross southern Michigan by boat from Lake St. . . . — Map (db m118904) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Southfield — L1365 — Congregation Shaarey Zedek
In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, seventeen followers of Traditional Judaism withdrew from the Beth El Society in Detroit to found the "Shaarey Zedek Society." In 1877 the membership constructed the first building in Michigan to be erected . . . — Map (db m109907) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Southfield — Historical Marker — Southfield Cemetery
A group of early settlers known as "The Proprietors of the Burying Grounds" purchased the original one acre of land from Thaddeus Griswald on April 8, 1833 at the cost of $8.00. The Proprietors continued to operate the burying grounds until 1847 . . . — Map (db m110036) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Southfield — S0223 — Lawrence Institute of Technology
Lawrence Tech was chartered in 1932 by the Lawrence brothers, Russell E. and E. George. The college was located in Highland Park on Woodward Avenue until 1955, when the first building opened on this campus. Lawrence Tech, founded as an undergraduate . . . — Map (db m34596) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Southfield — L1476 — Pioneer Cemetery
Upon the death of his daughter in 1832, John Thomas donated part of his farm to the township to form a public burying ground. He gave an adjacent parcel to the Presbyterians who built a church there in 1837. Although nonsectarian, the cemetery . . . — Map (db m110047) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Southfield — L2026 — Southfield United Presbyterian Church
In 1850 seventeen Irish immigrants met in the home of Matthew Erwin Sr. and organized what became the Southfield United Presbyterian Church. Two years later they relocated a vacant church building to this site and met there until the present Greek . . . — Map (db m110056) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Troy — S425 — S.S. Kresge Company
Sebastion Spering Kresge founded the firm in 1899 in Detroit. His guidance during its formative years was responsible for its initial success. By 1916, when it was incorporated in Michigan, the company numbered 150 units. Innovative and careful . . . — Map (db m68167) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Troy — S426 — The Kresge Foundation
Sebastion Spering Kresge established this foundation in 1924 on the 25th anniversary of the company he organized in Detroit. The foundation's sole donor, he remained chairman of the board until retiring in 1966, shortly before his death. Grants of . . . — Map (db m68201) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Troy — L71 — Troy Corners
The city of Troy was an unclaimed wilderness when Johnson Niles moved here with his family from New York in 1821. As a farmer, carpenter, innkeeper, and merchant, Niles did much to develop the area, offering advice and encouragement to the settlers . . . — Map (db m102018) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), Troy — L1878 — Troy Township
In 1827 the Michigan Territorial Legislative Council created Troy Township. Stephen V.R. Trowbridge and Riley Crooks were elected supervisor and clerk. Township meetings were held in houses and barns until 1848 when a frame hall was built on this . . . — Map (db m91413) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), West Bloomfield Township — Gateway to Nature — at the Orchard Lake Beach Trolley Stop
Many Detroiters escaped to nature on the trolleys of the Detroit United Railway (DUR) in the early 1900s. The Orchard Lake Beach stop was located here, where the parallel Grand Trunk Railroad and DUR trolley tracks crossed . . . — Map (db m105107) HM
Michigan (Oakland County), White Lake Township — L2106 — White Lake Township Hall
White Lake Township's first white settler, Harley Olmstead, came here from New York State in 1830. The township was set off in 1836. Beginning around 1837 daily stagecoaches and wagons hauling lumber traveled along the old White Lake Road, part of . . . — Map (db m94793) HM
Michigan (Oceana County), Pentwater — S571 — Graveyard of Ships / Veterans' Day Storm
Graveyard of Ships The twenty-mile span of Lake Michigan between Little Point Sable, at Silver Lake, and Big Point Sable, north of Ludington, has earned a reputation as the "Graveyard of Ships." Beginning with the loss of the . . . — Map (db m106970) HM
Michigan (Oceana County), Pentwater — The Pentwater Methodist Church
1875   Pentwater's first church built in 1866 was destroyed by fire. Parishoners from that Methodist church planned to rebuild.   The new church was designed by Grand Rapids architects Robins and Barnaby at a cost of $3,500.   . . . — Map (db m107305) HM
Michigan (Otsego County), Gaylord — L1635 — First Congregational Church
The First Congregational Church is the oldest congregation in Gaylord. In 1874 the Reverend James McKay founded it as a mission church with twenty-one members. It was officially organized three years later. In 1878 the Reverend Abram Van Auken . . . — Map (db m33351) HM
Michigan (Otsego County), Gaylord — 2149 — St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Mary's Church began as a mission of the Catholic diocese of Grand Rapids. The first church was built around 1884. The parish grew to become a predominantly Polish congregation while under the pastorate of Father Casimir Skory (1892-1905). In . . . — Map (db m33374) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 89 — Dutch in Michigan
On February 9, 1847, the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte and a band of Hollanders founded the city of Holland. Within two years the other four original colonies--Graafschap, Zeeland, Vriesland, Overisel--had also been established. Plagued by illness . . . — Map (db m55403) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L0394 — Holland Harbor Lighthouse / Holland Harbor
(side 1) Holland Harbor Lighthouse The first lighthouse built at this location was a small, square wooden structure erected in 1872. In 1880 the lighthouse service installed a new light atop a metal pole in a protective cage. The oil . . . — Map (db m41967) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Macatawa — L394 — Holland Harbor / Holland Harbor Lighthouse
Holland Harbor (Side 1) When seeking a location for his Netherlands emigrant followers in 1847, the Reverend A.C. Van Raalte was attracted by the potential of using Black Lake (Lake Macatawa) as a harbor. However, the lake's outlet to . . . — Map (db m67577) HM
Michigan (Presque Isle County), Presque Isle — L1877 — Burnham's Landing
Frederick Burnham settled in Michigan in the 1840s. In 1850 he married Julia Clark in Ann Arbor. Beginning in the 1850s, the Burnhams acquired large tracts of Presque Isle County's rich timberlands. Among their holdings was the land purchased in . . . — Map (db m66627) HM
Michigan (Saginaw County), Frankenmuth — Frankenmuth Woolen Mill — Michigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill Founded in 1894 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to . . . — Map (db m101549) HM
Michigan (Saint Clair County), Algonac — L711 — Clay Township Library
This Greek Revival home was built by Charles H. Beers around 1849. In 1914 it became the home and office of Dr. Walter E. Bostwick, who died in 1943. His widow, Cordella Sheill Bostwick, lived in the house until her death in 1948. In 1949 the . . . — Map (db m123876) HM
Michigan (Saint Clair County), Algonac — St. Clair River Habitat Restoration — Cottrellville Township Shoreline
The St. Clair River is part of the connecting channels between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It is a 40 mile strait that flows south from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. The river serves as a navigational passage as well as an ecosystem for a great . . . — Map (db m124059) HM
Michigan (Saint Clair County), Algonac — S537 — Water Speed Capital
For more than a century, Algonac has played a leading role in ship building, from sailing cargo ships to large pleasure craft, racing boats and World War II landing craft. Between 1921 and 1932 Christopher Smith and Gar Wood built ten Miss . . . — Map (db m123847) HM
Michigan (Saint Clair County), Fort Gratiot — The 1971 Water Tunnel Explosion Memorial

Side 1
This Memorial is dedicated in the memory of:
Manuel AbastaRomualdo Alvarez
James BeesleyRoswell Brown
Keith VernerGerald . . . — Map (db m91765)
Michigan (Saint Joseph County), White Pigeon — L1521 — Chief Wahbememe Burial Site
Side 1 Potawatomi Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon) was a signer of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, which placed Michigan Great Lakes forts in U.S. hands. The chief was known as a friend to the white settlers in Michigan. According to legend, . . . — Map (db m47179) HM
Michigan (Sanilac County), Port Sanilac — Platt's General Store
This turn-of-the-century mercantile features shelves filled with household items that would have been found in a store of this era. The postal unit is from Argyle, Michigan, and was originally established in 1876. — Map (db m98918) HM
Michigan (Schoolcraft County), Thompson — The Christmas Tree Ship
Captain Herman Schuenemann was born in Algoma, Wisconsin in 1895 to German immigrants. He began his career on the Great Lakes at an early age. He married Miss Barbara Schindel on April 9, 1891, and they had three daughters, Elsie and twins, Hazel . . . — Map (db m105327) HM
Michigan (Schoolcraft County), Thompson — Thompson Docks
The Thompson Railroad Line served the mill owned by the Delta Lumber Company beginning with a terminal located at Indian River. In the early logging days, softwoods floated down the river to this terminal to be loaded onto flat cars. After the . . . — Map (db m105376) HM
Michigan (Shiawassee County), Corunna — S295 — Governor Parsons
Andrew Parsons was born in Hoosick, New York, in 1817. In 1836, he settled in Shiawassee County and at the age of nineteen was elected the first county clerk. After holding a number of county and state offices, Parsons in 1852 became a regent of the . . . — Map (db m119290) HM
Michigan (Shiawassee County), Owosso — L773 — Comstock Cabin
Elias Comstock was the first pioneer to erect a permanent residence in Owosso. He moved here in 1836. Comstock was a merchant, school teacher, justice of the peace, township supervisor, judge and county clerk. This one-room structure was built for . . . — Map (db m119456) HM
Michigan (Shiawassee County), Owosso — L1806 — First Congregational Church and Society
In 1840 thirteen people founded a Presbyterian congregation on the principles of opposition to slavery and "total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors as a beverage." It was the first church established in Owosso. In 1853 the congregation . . . — Map (db m119496) HM
Michigan (Shiawassee County), Owosso — The Studio of James Oliver Curwood
Author and Michigan's foremost conservationist Born June 12, 1879 Died August 13, 1927 — Map (db m119442) HM
Michigan (Shiawassee County), Owosso — Walk of History
From left to right... [Panel 1] In 1833, Owosso's founding fathers overlooked this river and envisioned a beautiful city on its banks. Thousands of years before, the river course was formed as the last glaciers retreaed north. The . . . — Map (db m125711) HM
Michigan (Tuscola County), Caro — First Meeting of the Caro Rotary Club
On this site at the Hotel Montague, the first meeting of the Caro Rotary Club was held on October 9, 1925. Twenty businessmen gathered for the charter meeting of the Caro Rotary Club. Rotary is an international organization that spans the . . . — Map (db m101623) HM
Michigan (Tuscola County), Caro — L1257 — First Presbyterian Church of Caro
Twelve persons organized the First Presbyterian Church of Caro in December 1878. The Reverend Edward P. Clark, the Presbyterian minister at Vassar, conducted the organizational meeting with the assistance of the Reverend R.P. Shaw of Bedford, . . . — Map (db m101632) HM
Michigan (Tuscola County), Caro — L517 — William H. Carson House
Built in 1903 — Map (db m101592)
Michigan (Tuscola County), Watrousville — L2059 — Juniata House
In 1851, Patrick McGlone (1810-1884) settled near here. Later, he built a one-story building that he named "Juniata House" where he provided lodging and food for travelers, as well as "good Barns" stocked "with hay and grain." His family served . . . — Map (db m101577) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — 6 — First Medical Buildings — 1850-1925
The original Medical Building was built in 1850 on the current site of Randall Laboratory, and provided the principal space for lectures, recitations, anatomical dissections, faculty offices, and laboratories from 1850 to 1903. Clinical diagnosis, . . . — Map (db m108917) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor — L237 — Ticknor-Campbell House
Side 1 In 1844 Benjamin Ticknor, a U.S. naval surgeon from Connecticut, built this Classic Revival house on his 183-acre farm in Pittsfield Township. He used cobblestone construction, which originated in upstate New York. The rear wing . . . — Map (db m101798) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor Township — Cider Mill — 1887
Originally built by William's son, Fred J. Parker, to produce cider and vinegar. After the cider press was sold, the building was used for storage and to house a grain cleaner. — Map (db m104732) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Ann Arbor Township — Frontier Cozy
Can you imagine your whole family living in this cabin? The simple interior of this one room log cabin included a ladder to a loft area and a small coal stove. William Parker built the cabin in 1878 for relatives who planned to emigrate from . . . — Map (db m104795) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Milan — L. C. Allen House — 620 Mooreville Road, Milan, Michigan — Washtenaw County, York Township, Sections 34, T4S Range 6E
Lovatus Chapman Allen moved to the Milan area from Vermont in 1849. "L.C." as he was known, was born in Vermont in 1816. L. C.'s older brother, Harmon Allen, came to Michigan many years earlier and was one of the founders of Milan in 1831. L. . . . — Map (db m106197) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Pittsfield Charter Township — Lower Level of the Barn
[lat N42 11.929 lon W083 44.436] Here cattle would have been gathered for shelter from the severe winter cold. Later, when the farm established a small dairy enterprise, Jersey cows would have been brought here from the pasture to await their . . . — Map (db m103040) HM
Michigan (Washtenaw County), Pittsfield Charter Township — L2261 — Sutherland - Wilson Farm
Side 1 In the 1850s, Langford (1802-1865) and Lydia (1806-1892) Sutherland replaced their small log cabin with this Greek Revival house. Farm buildings from that era were built from locally harvested hand-hewn timber and hand-cut stones . . . — Map (db m103026) HM
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (Wayne County), Allen Park — The Allen Park VA Medical Center
In honor of the men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States of America and the Allen Park VA Medical Center The Allen Park VA Medical Center stood on this site from 1937 until 2002. The property on which the . . . — Map (db m103269) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Canton — Cherry Hill Cemetery

1828 - Granted from the U.S. government

1867 - Property deeded to trustees as a burial ground

1905 - Cherry Hill Cemetery Association was formed.

Managed by the Cherry Hill Cemetery Association as a non-profit . . . — Map (db m99585) HM

Michigan (Wayne County), Canton — L829 — Cherry Hill United Methodist Church
When this pioneer church was organized in 1834, it was one of ten served by circuit rider Marcus Swift of the Detroit Methodist Conference. In 1848, its members raised $600 to build their first church, which served the community for thirty-four . . . — Map (db m99505) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Canton — The Historic Cady Barn
Dedicated to The Canton Community October 2006 as The Cady - Boyer Barn Originally built before the Civil War, this barn was enlarged and remodeled in 1908 by Aruna Cady, son of one of Canton's first pioneering families. This Barn has been . . . — Map (db m99891) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — L1629 — Dearborn Hills Golf Club
During his long career Robert Herndon developed over fifty subdivisions and nine golf courses. In 1922 he opened the Dearborn Hills Golf Club. According to the Dearborn Times Herald, it was Michigan's first public golf course. Having been . . . — Map (db m33663) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — Ford's Fairways — at the Dearborn Country Club
It was a gift for his hometown. Henry Ford developed an 18-hole golf course at Outer Drive and Military Street that opened in 1925. With the course designed by Donald Ross and the clubhouse designed by architect Albert Kahn, Ford wanted to . . . — Map (db m98085) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — Nature vs. Nurture
In 1926, a 2.5-acre rose garden was designed for this meadow, with the help of landscape architect Herbert Kellaway and rosarian Harriet Foote. Once completed, the garden contained approximately 10,000 rose plants of 400 varieties and cost more than . . . — Map (db m98927) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — Piccard Stratosphere Flight / William B. Stout School
Piccard Stratosphere Flight Near this location and not far from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village was located the Ford Airport. Here aviation history was made on October 23, 1934, when Dr. Jeannette Piccard made an ascent in a . . . — Map (db m98592) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — Rouge River Water Quality Improvements
Why was the Retention Structure built? Dearborn has a combined sewer system which collects both storm water and sanitary wastewater in the same pipe. During heavy rains and large snow melts, combined sewers can exceed capacity and overflow . . . — Map (db m98572) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — S0386 — St. Joseph's Retreat
In 1885 Michigan's first private mental institution was located here under the guidance of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. In 1855 the Sisters at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit had begun the care of the mentally ill, formerly . . . — Map (db m33657) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — The Carver Lab — for the Scientist's Special Work
One of history's great scientists worked here. Renowned scientist George Washington Carver and Henry Ford became friends in 1936. Both were interested in developing synthetic rubber and plastics from soybeans, peanuts and cotton. Ford built . . . — Map (db m120318) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — The Ten Eyck Tavern
Conrad Ten Eyck (1782-1847) built a famous tavern in 1826 about 300 feet west of this marker--the first resting place of travelers, one day's trip west of Detroit. It stood on the River Rouge at a point where the Chicago Road forked. The northerly . . . — Map (db m32498) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — U.S. Arsenal 1839-1875 Powder Magazine
The powder magazine, 23' by 67', originally built in 1839 as part of the 1833 - 1875 Detroit Arsenal in Dearbornville, was located about 930 feet east of the eleven buildings shown on the edges of this marker. It was made of local brick, featured . . . — Map (db m97504) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — U.S. Arsenal Officers' - Surgeons' Quarters and Barracks 1833 - 1875
Two of the eleven brick buildings that comprised the arsenal stood in an east-west line with this marker. The Officers' Quarters, similar but smaller than the still-standing Commandant's Quarters, and the Barracks, second largest of the arsenal . . . — Map (db m97544) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Dearborn — U.S. Arsenal-Sutler's Shop — 1833 - 1875
Built originally as the Sutler's Shop where soldiers might purchase tobacco and needed supplies, this 36' x 25' brick building with its slate roof was but one of the eleven buildings which comprised the arsenal. Enclosed by a 12' high brick . . . — Map (db m97607) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — S665 — The Detroit Free Press
Older than the state of Michigan, the Detroit Free Press began publishing as the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer May 5, 1831. The Free Press supported the drive for statehood, helped establish the Associated . . . — Map (db m91347) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — S609 — Bishop's Residence
Side 1 This Tudor Revival residence was constructed in the mid-1920s. The Boston architectural firm of Maginnis and Walsh designed the house for the Catholic bishop of Detroit during the tenure of Michael J. Gallagher. Its ecclesiastical . . . — Map (db m120913) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — S0687 — Chapman Abraham / Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War
(front side):Chapman Abraham During the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the British took Canada from France and with it possession of French forts in the western Great Lakes region, including Detroit. The post remained an important . . . — Map (db m33485) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — Comerica Incorporated — Michigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Comerica Incorporated Founded in 1849 For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contribution to the . . . — Map (db m91682) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — Detroit's Underground Railway Station
This tablet marks the site of Detroit's "Underground Railway Station"

A large brick building known as "The Finney House Barn," was located here and used as a depot for helping slaves gain freedom into Canada from 1833 until the Civil . . . — Map (db m91616) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History — St. Aubin Park Riverwalk
Stone 1: St. Aubin Park Riverwalk Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History This walk made possible by: Friends of Partners Detroit Recreation Department Dedicated July 1969 Stone 2: The Many Names of . . . — Map (db m33975) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — L1565 — Lewis College of Business
This Colonial Revival structure was built in 1910 for James F. Murphy, Treasurer of the Murphy Chair Company and a future director of the Murphy-Potter Company. In 1941 it became the office of the Lewis College of Business. Violet T. Lewis had . . . — Map (db m84637) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — S074 — Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School

Michigan's First Capitol At noon on September 22, 1823, citizens and dignitaries joined a Masonic procession to place the cornerstone for the capitol of the Michigan Territory on this site. The red brick building, designed by Obed Walt, . . . — Map (db m91622) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — S592 — Motown
Side 1 The "Motown Sound" was created on this site from 1959 to 1972. The company was started with an $800 loan from the savings club of the Bertha and Berry Gordy, Sr., family. Originally called Tamla Records, the company's first national . . . — Map (db m84958) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Detroit — S563 — Robert Pauli Scherer
Robert Pauli Scherer (1906-1960) was a native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit's public schools. In 1930, at the age of twenty-four, he invented the rotary die encapsulation machine in a workshop located in the basement of this structure. The . . . — Map (db m84640) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Grosse Pointe Farms — L1888 — Grosse Pointe Farms Water Filtration Plant
In 1893 summer residents organized the Grosse Pointe Water Company. Soon after, a village waterworks was built on Lake Shore near Moross Road to serve houses along the lake. The Peninsular Electric Light Company (forerunner of the Detroit Edison . . . — Map (db m106286) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Grosse Pointe Farms — S548 — Russell A. Alger House "The Moorings"
Russell A. Alger, Jr., (1873-1930) son of Michigan's Governor Russell Alger, built this Italian Renaissance style mansion in 1910. Alger was one of the founders of the Packard Motor Car Company, Charles A. Platt of New York designed this elaborate . . . — Map (db m106332) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Grosse Pointe Farms — L1876 — Saint Paul Catholic Church / Saint Paul Rectory and Parish House
Saint Paul Catholic Church By the 1790s, French priests were ministering to farmers living along Lake St. Clair. In 1825 Father Francis Badin dedicated a log church to Saint Paul near the lake in present-day Grosse Pointe . . . — Map (db m106312) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Grosse Pointe Farms — L1738 — The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
This Neo-Gothic church was dedicated on May 15, 1927, Detroit architect W. E. N. Hunter designed the limestone structure, which contains stained-glass windows by the Willet Studios of Philadelphia, Pewabic tile from Detroit and wood carvings by . . . — Map (db m106329) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Grosse Pointe Woods — L1076 — Fractional District No. 9 School
Known as the Cook School, this structure was built in 1890 near the corner of present-day Mack Avenue and Lochmoor Boulevard. Slated for demolition, it was moved to this site in 2006. The stickwork in the gable distinguishes the building from many . . . — Map (db m106349) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Livonia — L261 — Wilson Barn
This barn was constructed in 1919 on the burnt-out foundation of an earlier structure built about 1888. It is a fine example of an increasingly rare bank barn style. Here, on the farm owned and operated by his family since 1847, Ira Wilson built a . . . — Map (db m78987) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Plymouth — 18 — Rose of Aberlone — Michigan Legal Milestone
T.C. Sherwood, president of Plymouth National Bank, contracted in 1886 with Hiram Walker of Walkerville, Ontario for the purchase of a cow, Rose 2d of Aberlone. Both parties believed that Rose was barren and would not breed, and that mistake led to . . . — Map (db m62359) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Plymouth — The Wilcox House
This is the site of a Plymouth Landmark, the Wilcox House, built in 1903 by William Markham, inventor of the BB Gun and the co-founder of the Daisy Air Rifle Co. George and Harriet Wilcox purchased it in 1911 and here raised their three children, . . . — Map (db m33070) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Romulus — Morris Homestead
Side 1 This early Victorian farmhouse was built by Robert Anson Morris and Hiram G., his son, circa 1860, of select timbers from the North. Robert and Jane Phillips, his wife, came from New York state, and in 1854 purchased this 100 . . . — Map (db m98878) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Taylor — Coan Lake
Coan Lake was constructed in the fall of 1988. The lake is 3 acres, with a depth of nine to eighteen feet. The property the lake sits on was once known as the Schoncheck Farm. Stocked with a variety of fish, it provides a passive setting for a . . . — Map (db m94796) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Taylor — Fitz's Caboose
John J. Fitzpatrick was one of Michigan's great legislators from 1948 to 1966. This caboose has been given to Heritage Park by his family to all who use it will remember him. The City of Taylor appreciates the effort of Congressman John Dingell in . . . — Map (db m95366) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Taylor — Hand Train Station
Hand Train Station was named after George E. Hand, a German immigrant. In 1876 a rail line was constructed through Taylor and the train station was built near what is now Ecourse and Telegraph Roads. Hand Corners, as it became known, and nearby . . . — Map (db m94862) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Taylor — The Log Cabin
Taylor's oldest existing home was built circa 1850 near what is now Pennsylvania Road between Telegraph and Beech Daly. Andrew and Elizabeth Strong and their children were the first family to live in the house. It was constructed on timbers atop a . . . — Map (db m94613) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Wayne — S296 — Johnson's Tavern
In 1824 George M. Johnson purchased eighty acres of land from the government and erected a log tavern at this location, a days journey from Detroit. Stephen G. Simmons bought the tavern from Johnson in 1825 and operated it until he was hanged for . . . — Map (db m79302) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Westland — L426 — Chief Tonquish Burial Site
Chief Tonquish and his son are buried nearby. Chief Tonquish led a band of Potawatomi Indians in this area in the early nineteenth century. In 1819, a series of clashes between these Indians and pioneers in the vicinity culminated in the death of a . . . — Map (db m87697) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Westland — S699 — Eloise Poorhouse/Hospital
(Front): In 1839 Wayne County purchased the Black Horse Tavern, a stagecoach stop, Located here on the Chicago road, for use as a poorhouse. Early on the poorhouse accepted not only the county's indigent, but the infirm and mentally ill as . . . — Map (db m14290) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Westland — L68 — Nankin Mills
Two grist mills have occupied this site. The first mill was built between 1835 and 1842; the present was constructed soon after the Civil War. In 1918 Henry Ford purchased it as part of a plan to develop village mill industries along the Rouge . . . — Map (db m96986) HM
Michigan (Wayne County), Westland — L1996 — Perrinsville School
Perrinsville began with a sawmill established by Abraham and Isaac Perrin around 1832. During the next century three one-room schools served area children. The first, a wooden school, was erected in 1833 on the Marcus Swift farm. A second, larger . . . — Map (db m33766) HM
Ohio (Auglaize County), New Bremen — 2-6 — The Miami & Erie Canal and New Bremen
The Miami & Erie Canal and New Bremen Begun in 1833, the Miami Extension linked the Miami Canal in Dayton to the Wabash & Erie Canal at Junction. Engineering difficulties, epidemics and the Panic of 1837 delayed completion of the Extension . . . — Map (db m20023) HM
Ohio (Coshocton County), Coshocton — Visitor Center - 1992
The present Visitor Center opened in 1992, relocating from a smaller building. The Visitor Center houses a fifty-four seat theater, an exhibit hall with canal-related information, visitor services and offices for support staff. The Founders Gallery . . . — Map (db m97312) HM
Ohio (Delaware County), Orange — 17-21 — The Gooding House and Tavern / Rural Taverns in Early Ohio History
The Gooding House and Tavern Known as the "Halfway House," the Gooding House and Tavern was built by George B. Gooding halfway between the towns of Worthington and Delaware in 1827. Its location was influenced by construction of the Columbus . . . — Map (db m12824) HM
Ohio (Licking County), Newark — Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building
On this site in 1894, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building was erected to honor those from Licking County who died in the Civil War. The original building facade was destroyed by fire in 1968. The building also housed the Auditorium Theater, . . . — Map (db m97335) HM
Ohio (Lucas County), Sylvania — Railroad Car Barn
This building is a reproduction of the center bays of the original Sylvania interurban car barn. It was located on South Main Street at Ten Mile Creek (near Sautter's Foodcenter). It houses two important pieces of Sylvania's rail history. . . . — Map (db m103650) HM
Tennessee (Anderson County), Norris — Civil War in Anderson County — "Skulking bushwhackers"
Divided loyalties in Anderson County, as elsewhere in East Tennessee, often erupted in violence. It was commonplace for guerillas on both sides to raid farms and capture opposing sympathizers. In the county seat of Clinton, Confederates . . . — Map (db m119021) HM
Tennessee (Jefferson County), Dandridge — 1C41 — Dandridge
Permanently settled 1783. Francis Dean built meeting house where Revolutionary Cemetery remains. Jan., 1793, commissioners of County Court, Jefferson Co., Territory South of the River Ohio, located county seat here. Dean donated land & Samuel Jack . . . — Map (db m82196) HM
Tennessee (Jefferson County), Dandridge — J. C. Turnley's Mill Place Grindstone
Around 1820 to 1837, this large 38-inch diameter grindstone was used at John Cunningham (J.C.) Turnley's farm known as the Mill Place. J.C. Turnley was the founder of Oak Grove and built the Mill Place upstream from Hay's Ferry on the south side of . . . — Map (db m118844) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — 9 — Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins — Cradle of Country Music Tour
Archie Campbell Archie Campbell, a beloved comedian in the country music family, launched his career as an announcer for WNOX in 1937. After a brief stint on Chattanooga radio and service in World War II, Campbell returned to Knoxville and . . . — Map (db m118603) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — 1E 111 — General Clifton Bledsoe Cates — 1893-1970 — United States Marine Corps
Side A Born in Cates Landing, Tennessee, on August 31, 1893, Clifton B. Cates attended school in Tiptonville and the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri. While excelling in varsity football and baseball, he received his law degree . . . — Map (db m101786) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — James White — Founder of Knoxville
Erected the city's first dwelling in this block in 1786. White's Fort was later constructed to surround the house. Knoxville was named for Henry Knox, Washington's Secretary of War, and was chosen by Governor William Blount as capital of the . . . — Map (db m82210) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — 1 — Knoxville's Old Custom House / Fiddlin' Bob Taylor — Cradle of Country Music Tour
Knoxville's Old Custom House You are standing in front of Knoxville's first federal building, the Old Custom House (1874). The Custom House originally housed the federal court, excise offices, post office, and later, Tennessee Valley . . . — Map (db m118517) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — Krutch Park — Charles E. Krutch — 1887-1981
Krutch Park is the legacy of Charles Krutch, the last survivor of an eccentric and talented family. When they first arrived in Knoxville in the 1850's the proud German clan spelled their name Krόtsch (the name is pronounced Krootch). Several of the . . . — Map (db m118446) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — 1E 118 — Land Grant University
In 1867, by resolution of the U.S. Congress, Tennessee became eligible to designate an institution to teach areas of learning related to agriculture and the mechanic arts and to receive the proceeds from the sale of federal land as prescribed by the . . . — Map (db m118354) HM
Tennessee (Knox County), Knoxville — 1E 28 — Staub's Theatre
Built on this spot by Peter Staub, native of Switzerland, and opened October 1, 1872. In excellence and popularity it rivaled theatres of New Orleans and Richmond. Adolph Ochs, later publisher of New York Times, was its first chief usher. — Map (db m118729) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Mequon — 3 — Cemetery Outhouse
History of the Cemetery Outhouse

The Cemetery Outhouse is a typical building from the turn-of-the-century (i.e. 1900). Because of the more or less "public" use of this building it was partitioned into two sections. One entrance was for . . . — Map (db m95658) HM

Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Mequon — 9 — Trinity School Woodshed
Trinity School Woodshed

This structure was built in 1881. It was first used as a woodshed for the original stone schoolhouses of Freistadt, on built in the 1850's and the other in 1873. One schoolhouse was used to educate younger . . . — Map (db m95669) HM

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