Lapeer Courthouse, oldest in Michigan

Downtown Lapeer MI, photo by paula liimatta Wikipedia says that the the Lapeer County Courthouse is the oldest original courthouse structure still in use in the state of Michigan, and one of the ten oldest in the nation. The City of Lapeer’s history page adds: Folklore claims Lapeer was derived from the naming of the south branch … Continue reading Lapeer Courthouse, oldest in Michigan

Michigan Courthouses: Van Buren County Courthouse

Van Buren County Courthouse (Paw Paw, Michigan), photo by courthouselover. Jordan writes: The Van Buren County Courthouse was erected in 1901 with the designs of Claire Allen of Jackson, Michigan. It is similar is appearance to the Classical Revival courthouse in Hillsdale, Michigan. Wikipedia’s entry for Claire Allen says that he was was a prominent … Continue reading Michigan Courthouses: Van Buren County Courthouse

Eaton County and the Charlotte Courthouse

Court House and museum Charlotte Michigan, photo by baklein62. The brief history on the Eaton County web site says: Eaton County, named for President Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of War (John Eaton), sometimes referred to as a cabinet county, was organized in 1837. Due to lack of population and buildings in the designated county seat (Charlotte), … Continue reading Eaton County and the Charlotte Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse, photo by St. Laurent Photography This photo is from Alanna’s Detroit 03.14.08 set that she took while on an Exposure.Detroit outing downtown last Friday evening (slideshow). Wikipedia’s Wayne County Courthouse entry says that Detroit architect John Scott designed the five story, copper, granite, and stone building which was completed in 1902. The … Continue reading Wayne County Courthouse

View from the Smithy at Greenfield Village

Americana N°2, photo by Remus Roman As we’re gearing up for summer, it’s a great time to think about Michigan’s many incredible museums. One of the coolest is Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. They explain that the origins of Greenfield Village were with Henry Ford himself. His obsession to recreate his childhood home … Continue reading View from the Smithy at Greenfield Village

The Great Thumb Fire and the Birth of the Red Cross

Eaton County Courthouse, photo by joshames In 1871, the Thumb area of Michigan was ravaged by The Great Michigan Fire, part of a series of fires across the Midwest that included the Chicago Fire.  The Michigan DNR’s History & Ecology of Fire in Michigan explains that 10 years later on September 5, 1881, another devastating fire rolled … Continue reading The Great Thumb Fire and the Birth of the Red Cross

April 4th: The Battle for Wexford County

Main Street in Manton, circa 1915, photo courtesy Seeking Michigan Battle for Wexford County by Brenda Irish of Seeking Michigan begins: The fight for the Wexford County seat is a story of bribery, corruption, intimidation, inebriated county officials and the organization of illegal townships to boost votes. Cadillac’s decade-long struggle for the county seat came to … Continue reading April 4th: The Battle for Wexford County

We’ve got you covered

DSC02766_tonemapped, photo by ansonredford. I thought I’d feature a photo from our Michigan Cover Photos Group. You can add pics to it if you want to have them featured on our Michigan in Pictures Facebook and also the Absolute Michigan Facebook. Recently we featured Donald’s photo of one of the sculptures on the Wayne County … Continue reading We’ve got you covered

Super Bowl Victory? Maybe for Detroit and Michigan art!

Detail: Wayne County Building–Detroit MI, photo by pinehurst19475. Yesterday was a busy day for Michigan in Pictures as a lot of folks came by to learn more about the works of art featured in the Chrysler/Eminem “Imported from Detroit” Super Bowl ad. The Joe Louis Memorial, a shiny clean Spirit of Detroit, the murals of … Continue reading Super Bowl Victory? Maybe for Detroit and Michigan art!

Step back in time at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village, photo by Michael Lavander “I am collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used…. When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived, and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition.” ~Henry … Continue reading Step back in time at Greenfield Village