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PIGEON DEPOT MUSEUM

Located in the heart of town at 59 Main Street, Pigeon Michigan - 48755
Phone (989) 453-3242

Open May 30 - September 3, 2011

Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - noon
Closed Sunday

Also open for group or school tours and family reunions
Call 989-453-2214, or email for an appointment


THIS YEAR'S
SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Depression Glass:

an extensive display
from the collection of Clayton Esch

Remember when ladies wore hats?

See some examples we preserved.

Vintage cameras

from collection
of Paul Leipprandt


There is no charge to visit the museum, but your donations enable us to preserve historic artifacts,
insure our building and collection, and keep our doors open. Thank you!


JOIN / DONATE

Membership dues, memorials, and additional gifts to the Pigeon Historical Society are utilized
to maintain the historic depot building and hire an intern to assist with seasonal operations.

Thanks to the generosity of the Pigeon community, we completed a storage building in 2010 so that we can rotate items on display,
create more comprehensive exhibits, and conserve artifacts that are not currently being shown.


Also in our collection:
Research materials: Obituaries, Plat Books, School Yearbooks
Military Items • Period Clothing
Railroad Artifacts • Farm Tools • Antique Organ, Piano, and Pianola
Furniture and Glassware

EARLIEST DAYS OF PIGEON:

The interior of Huron County was still a wilderness when settlements along the shoreline of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay were growing rapidly.

Vast stands of inland forests were harvested and the logs were floated to the sawmills at the mouths of the county's rivers to be cut into lumber. Small towns began to emerge in cleared areas where the dense forests once stood. Pigeon was one of the last of these towns to be founded.

In 1883 the Pontiac, Oxford and Port Austin railroad line was extended to Caseville and a depot was built at Berne. Around 1886 the Saginaw, Tuscola, and Huron Railroad built tracks through the tamarack swamp and crossed the north-south line one mile south of Berne; commerce swiftly moved to take advantage of the intersecting rail lines. Originally called Berne Junction, the new community quickly established its own identity and early settlers selected the name of Pigeon, which was taken from the name of the nearby Pigeon River. The river was named for the huge flocks of passenger pigeons that fed from the marshy swamps along its banks. Observers said the flocks were so thick that, when in flight, they darkened the sky. By 1914 the pigeons were extinct.

After incorporation as the Village of Pigeon in October, 1902, eight citizens were elected in December of 1902 as the first village council: A.G. Kaumeyer, J.W. Liepprandt, Louis Staubus, Joseph Schluchter, Albert Hartley, H.H. Gould, Harry Hershberg, and E.W.E. Bundscho. Charles Sting was treasurer and Warren Challis the assessor. There were 107 registered voters in the village and 102 of them cast ballots on election day.

The railroad depot that now serves as the museum was constructed in 1908 and served two railroad lines: The Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) and the Grand Trunk. The C & O was purchased by Huron and Eastern which currently operates the railroad. The Grand Trunk line has been abandoned.


Contact President Dennis Esch: 989-453-2214
Officers: Vice President Clark Elftman, Secretary Art Woelke, Treasurer Lois Dast


For more history, see the Huron County Historical Society: www.thehchs.org
and the Historical Society of Michigan: www.hsmichigan.org

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and hosted courtesy of Huron County Historical Society

 

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