Historical Markers in
St. Clair County, Michigan

All Aboard! Almont Society of the New Church Bridging the Blue Waters C. H. Wills & Company Capac's Early Railroad Depots/The Fourth Capac Depot Christopher Columbus Smith / Garfield A. "Gar" Wood Civil War Memorial Clay Township Library Cole United Methodist Church Colony Tower Customhouse David and Laura Lester House Diamond Crystal Salt Company East China Fractional District No. 2 School Edison Homesite First Baptist Church First Congregational Church Fort Gratiot Light Fort Gratiot Light Fort St. Joseph Great Storm of 1913 and Sailors Memorial Greenwood Cemetery Hammond American Legion Post 8 Memorial Harrington Hotel Heritage Square Historic District Holy Cross Parish Huron Lightship Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary Immigration Intersection of Military Road and Indian Reservation James McColl House Keepers Duties Kovatch Korner Lake Huron Water Supply Project / Tunnel Explosion Learning from Lake Huron Making Tracks Marine City Methodist Episcopal Church Native Americans Newport Academy Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish / John F. Farrell Paul Torney and Michigan Historical Markers PĂȘche Island Rear Range Light Port Huron Public Library Sacred Heart Cemetery Saint Andrew's Parish / Saint Andrew's Church Seeing the Light Sending a Signal Ships on the St. Clair Soldiers and Sailors Boulder St. Clair River Habitat Restoration St. Clair River Habitat Restoration St. Mary's Cemetery St. Mary's Church St. Mary's Rectory The 1971 Water Tunnel Explosion Memorial The Old School Bell The Storm The Yale Expositor The "John S. Martin" Thomas Alva Edison Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Underground Railroad Wales Township Hall Water Speed Capital Wilderness Outpost Yale Historical Murals
Michigan is known for its many lighthouses, with over 120 lighthouses located along its Great Lakes shoreline. Many of these lighthouses are still in operation today and are popular tourist destinations.

St. Clair County, located in the southeastern part of the state of Michigan, has a rich and diverse history dating back to the early 17th century. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Ojibwa and Ottawa. The first European explorer to visit the region was French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1698.

In the 18th century, St. Clair County became an important trading post for French fur traders. The region was also a battleground during the French and Indian War, with several conflicts taking place near the Fort Gratiot area. In the late 18th century, the area came under British control following the Treaty of Paris.

The 19th century brought significant changes to St. Clair County. It became a center for shipbuilding and trade as pioneers and settlers from the east began to migrate to Michigan. The construction of the Erie Canal in the 1820s further boosted economic activity in the region by connecting ports along the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

During the American Civil War, St. Clair County played a significant role in supporting the Union cause. The area saw a surge in industrialization, with factories producing munitions, ships, and other supplies for the war effort. Following the war, St. Clair County continued to grow and develop, becoming an important hub for agriculture, manufacturing, and commerce.

Today, St. Clair County retains a strong sense of its past while also embracing modernization and economic diversification. Its historical sites, such as the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and the Thomas Edison Depot Museum, attract visitors interested in learning about the county's rich heritage. The region's natural beauty, with its lakes, rivers, and parks, offer recreational opportunities for locals and tourists alike. St. Clair County remains a vibrant and dynamic part of Michigan, with a bright future ahead.

  • St. Clair County was established in 1820.
  • In 1821, Port Huron became the county seat.
  • In the early 1830s, the area was settled by European immigrants.
  • In 1848, the Grand Trunk Railroad reached Port Huron, boosting economic growth.
  • During the late 1800s, St. Clair County became a major shipping hub for lumber and agricultural products.
  • In 1957, the Blue Water Bridge connecting Port Huron to Canada was opened.
  • Throughout the 20th century, the county's economy diversified with industries such as automotive manufacturing and tourism.
  • In recent years, St. Clair County has focused on promoting outdoor recreational activities, attracting visitors and residents alike.