Douglas began as two communities separated by present day Center Street. Jonathan Wade platted Dudleyville, named for his brother Dudley Wade, on the south side of "Centre" in 1860. In 1861, William F. Dutcher platted the town of Douglas on the north side of Centre. Dutcher named it for his hometown on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The original plat consisted of the area bounded by Union, Chestnut, Water and Centre Streets. The two towns were incorporated as the village of Douglas in 180. Dutcher's son Thomas, a prosperous lumber mill owner built a three-story commercial and residential structure downtown around 1867. The building, the town's first Masonic hall burned in 1870.
|Series||This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series|
|Placed By||Michigan Historial Center, Michigan Department of State|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:32pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 565348 N 4721553|
|Decimal Degrees||42.64366667, -86.20285000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 38.62', W 86° 12.171'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 38' 37.20" N, 86° 12' 10.26" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 51-99 W Center St, Douglas MI 49406, US|
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