A few years ago I saw this old mansion in Bad Axe, and after I posted a photo of it, some of the locals told me it was the former Michigan governor’s home of Albert Sleeper. I found out some interesting facts about Governer Sleeper and one of them was he created the Michigan State Police.
100 years ago today The Michigan Department of State Police began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security during World War I. On April 19, 1917, Governor Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, (also known as the Michigan State Constabulary). With Colonel Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five Troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units, totaling 300 men. On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peacetime Michigan State Police.
I find interesting facts just by traveling around the state and asking questions. I have been waiting a while for this day to come around so I can do this post. I hope you liked it. I am not sure what is happening with the old mansion since I have not been out to Bad Axe in a while, but I hope someone is showing it some love.
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