Field Guide: Fall 2022

Exploring Michigan: Tips, trends, and tidbits

HISTORIC CHARMS:  Fourteen Michigan properties have joined nearly 2,000 other state sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Gaining the honor in 2022 are Walbri Hall in Bloomfield Hills, the Elijah Bull House in Bloomfield Township, Luther Burbank Elementary School in Detroit, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan in Detroit, Sisters of the Order of Saint Dominic Motherhouse Complex in Grand Rapids, the Iron Mountain Veterans Administration Hospital, Parkwyn Village in Kalamazoo, Gibson Inc. Factory and Office Building in Kalamazoo, Fishtown Historic District in Leland Township, Michigan Central Railroad Middleville Depot, the Nathan Esek and Sarah Emergene Sutton House in Northfield Township, Elmer R. Webster School in Pontiac, Garfield School in Sault Ste. Marie, and Vicksburg Historic District in Vicksburg. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service and is administered by the states.

WATER WORKS:  Recent investments in the Harrisville Harbor of Refuge may help renew interest and activity in this northern Lake Huron community. More than $70,000 was pumped into updating the entire deep-water facility, which also added new entrance signage and a dock kiosk. Local businesses donated new bikes and a courtesy van for the boaters, and area residents provided picnic tables for the public park. Fishing is open again on the docks, and 10,000 steelhead were released into the harbor last spring. View the harbor cams at

– Compiled by Ron Garbinski

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