Milford Historic Monuments, Markers and Signage

A photo study by Norm Werner

Around the Village and Township of Milford, Michigan there are many different types of markers, monuments and signage that mark various sites of some historic significance. Some of this signage was put in place by local governmental bodies and some by private groups, like the Milford Historical Society and the local Pettibone Creek Chapter of Questers International. Some of it exists within cemeteries or parks.

The collection of pictures below is likely an incomplete compilation of these signs and is a work in progress. In some cases the signs are in fairly out-of-the-way locations and might easily be missed or overlooked by passers-by. The markers erected by the Milford Historical Society have their own section on this site, with further explanations of the meaning or background of the signage – MHS Interpretative Signage.

The markers, monuments and signs below are presented in no particular order other than the order in which they were found and photographed. If you know of a marker that I’ve missed, please send me an email – Webmaster.

The site marker for the Pettibone Mill

Click here for a more detailed view

One of the original mills on the upper mill pond that eventually fed water to the Pettibone Creek Powerhouse – referenced in the Mills of Milford

Milford’s Fairgrounds Park, which hosted the Oakland County Fair for years.

The history of Oak Grove Cemetery

The Civil War Memorial in Oak Grove Cemetery

The main dedication is pictured below.

Another dedication on the Civil War memorial - this one to a member of  the Women’s Relief Corps

The monument to the rebuilding of the Mont Eagle St bridge over the Huron river

Detail of the Mount Eagle St monument plaque

Wells Brothers Foundry site marker, located on the south side of the Huron river across from Central Park and just west of the railroad bridge

Marker on the north side of Huron Street, just west of the bridge over the Huron River

The Ruggles Family Plot in Oak Grove Cemetary

Detail from Ruggles family plot monument

Elizur Ruggles Tombstone

He was the first White settler in Milford. He and his brother Stanley built the first Saw Mill (see marker above)

Elizur was born in Colesville (Broome County), New York on Sept.

27, 1806 and died in Milford on March 12, 1876.

Driveway sign at entrance to the Crawford family farm referenced at right. The Sesqui stands for Sesquicentennial, since the farm has been there and inthe same family for 150 years.

Another of the signs on the Crawford family farm.

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