The Morton House

The Morton House (HMTFT)

Location: Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Berrien County
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N 42° 7.132', W 86° 26.812'

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This house built in 1849, by Eleazar Morton and his son Henry, was occupied until 1936 by four generations of Mortons. The oak-framed barn was built in 1840. Members of the Morton family, pioneers in this area, were prominent in Benton Harbor's early development. The porch on the house was often called the "Indian Hotel" because Henry Morton allowed the Potawatami Indians to sleep here on their way to St. Joseph to sell their baskets. J. Stanley Morton, President of the Graham Morton Transportation Company, modernized the house and added the pillars in 1912. He left his home to the Benton Harbor Federation of Women's Clubs in recognition of it's civic work.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL37
Year Placed1964
Placed ByBenton Harbor Federation of Women's Clubs
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 8:32pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 545723 N 4663122
Decimal Degrees42.11886667, -86.44686667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 7.132', W 86° 26.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 7' 7.92" N, 86° 26' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501 Territorial Rd, Benton Harbor MI 49022, US
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