Benzonia College Historical

Benzonia College Historical (HM1U50)

Location: Benzonia, MI 49616 Benzie County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 37.091', W 86° 5.964'

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In 1858, in what was then a remote wilderness, the Rev. Charles E. Bailey and four families from his Ohio Congregational parish founded Benzonia colony. It was to be an "educational Christian colony" modeled after the earlier Congregational settlements at Oberlin, Ohio and Olivet, Michigan. As an integral part of the new community, Grand Traverse College was chartered in 1863. Its first building was erected on this corner. During the pioneer era it provided college preparatory work and teacher training. The school was reorganized as Benzonia College in 1891. It supplied college-level education until 1900. Benzonia Academy was then maintained until changed conditions led to its closing in 1918. Benzonia College and Academy fulfilled the founders' dream of bringing educational opportunity to northern Michigan.
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HM NumberHM1U50
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Year Placed1964
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 571450 N 4940931
Decimal Degrees44.61818333, -86.09940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.091', W 86° 5.964'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 5.46" N, 86° 5' 57.84" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1024 Michigan Ave, Benzonia MI 49616, US
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