I was zig-zagging the gridwork of rural roads surrounding the farm fields in the Thumb. I came across this old brick building with a cobblestone foundation. I am not sure if it was a school or some other government building but it was interesting looking. Not far down the road was the Snay cemetery. Michigan
I love the look of this former church in Ovid with its decorative woodwork and its unique one of a kind steeple. It is also amazing that they moved this church to its current location from a different part of town. It is surprising the facts you can learn from historical markers like the one
If you have ever driven through Saline along US-12 you have probably seen this big Victorian house not far from downtown Saline. The historical marker next to it reads: This handsome two-and-a-half story residence, constructed in 1875, was the home of William H. Davenport (1826 – 1909), prominent Saline citizen. In 1851, Davenport entered into
This old log cabin stands in the Huron Manistee National forest about 15 miles northwest of Baldwin. The hand-painted sign above the door reads “Sauble Station est 1937” The town started in 1898 with a depot on the Manistee and Grand Rapids railroad. A post office was opened up in the general store in 1910.
Traveling through the Upper Peninsula I pass through many towns and cities. I notice many old and historic buildings. It’s hard to miss the City Hall in Negaunee with its clock tower the reaches high above the roof. The city began in the mid-1800s when iron ore was discovered in the area and named Negaunee
M-119 travels along the Lake Michigan shoreline thought the famous ” Tunnel of Trees.” The small town of Good Hart is located on the scenic route and the General Store is a popular stop. Not far away is the historic St. Ignatius Catholic Church and a path that leads to a deck overlooking Lake Michigan.
Northeast of Ann Arbor on Plymouth Road is the small town of Dixboro. In 1824, retired sea Captain John Dix purchased about 500 acres of land. He built a house and a sawmill and then plotted a section of land that became the town of Dixboro. The little village was growing quickly until the railroad
The small town of Vickeryville is located in the central Lower Peninsula west of Carson City. It was plated in 1857 by John Vickery in Bloomer Township. The town was originally called West Bloomer but its name was changed to Vickeryville. The little town thrived at the turn of the century, ( yes I mean
I was traveling through the southwestern the town of Watervliet and I saw this old church across a park near the center of town. I don’t know anything about it but I thought it was a pretty little brick church. It looks like it has been a while since it has held a baptism, a
I was traveling through Bad Axe, and I saw this old mansion boarded up. I thought there has to be some history, or something significant about the house. Thanks to my followers on facebook, after I posted a pic, they told me that it was former Michigan governor Albert Sleeper’s Mansion. It was turned into