Downtown Historic District

Downtown Historic District (HM1L6Y)

Location: Williamston, MI 48895 Ingham County
Country: United States of America
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N 42° 41.343', W 84° 16.892'

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(Side 1)
Williamston grew where two Native American trails crossed. In 1834, settlers Hiram and Joseph Putnam built the north-south road that became Putnam Street. Construction of the Grand River Turnpike from Detroit to Grand Rapids in 1851 created Grand River Avenue. Starting in 1840, brothers Oswald, Horace and James Williams built a dam, saw mill and grist mill on the Red Cedar River. By 1871, when rail service came, the town had become a farm market center and boasted more than twelve hundred residents. After a short boom, the population declined until Grand River Avenue was paved circa 1923. The improved road encouraged auto tourism and allowed residents to commute to work instead of moving.

(Side 2)
The Williamston Downtown Historic District reflects changes in small town commercial architecture from the 1870s to the 1950s. Some buildings date to 1874. One housed a hardware store continuously from 1888 through the time this marker was erected. The building styles include Second Empire, Italianate, Late Victorian, and Commercial Brick. In 1895, and again in 1915, fire destroyed several downtown businesses. Locals committed to preservation began refurbishing structures in the 1960s. In 1971, businessmen purchased the Andrews Hotel, built in 1887, to save it from demolition. The Williamston Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
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HM NumberHM1L6Y
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Marker NumberL2260
Year Placed2014
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 722698 N 4729868
Decimal Degrees42.68905000, -84.28153333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 41.343', W 84° 16.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 41' 20.58" N, 84° 16' 53.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 175 E Grand River Ave, Williamston MI 48895, US
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