Old Wing Mission

Old Wing Mission (HM1EDO)

Location: Holland, MI 49423 Allegan County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 45.717', W 86° 4.038'

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The main portion of this building was the residence of George N. Smith, a Congregational missionary to the Indians in this area and at Waukazoo's Village on nearby Lake Macatawa. The mission was named after an Indian convert. Built in 1844-45 by Isaac Fairbanks, a government agricultural agent to the Indians, this house is the oldest structure in the vicinity. Nearby were a church and school, and some Indian dwellings. The first Dutch settlers in 1846-47 lodged here and in the Fairbanks cabin on the knoll to the southeast. As the Dutch settlement grew, Smith and the Indians moved away and established a new village on Grand Traverse Bay. Isaac Fairbanks remained in this area and was active in the settlement of Holland.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL70
Year Placed1969
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 576315 N 4734802
Decimal Degrees42.76195000, -86.06730000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 45.717', W 86° 4.038'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 45' 43.02" N, 86° 4' 2.28" W
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Area Code(s)616
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5356-5398 147th Ave, Holland MI 49423, US
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