Pigeon Historical Society
Pigeon Historical Society is located in downtown Pigeon at
Heritage Square, 59 Main Street, Pigeon, Mi. 48755
The newest addition is the Arthur J Woelke Research
Center. The Woelke research building contains:
Obituaries, Plat Books, School Yearbooks etc.
Open May 29 - August 30, 2014
Hours: Thursday & Friday
10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Also open for
group or school tours and family reunion
Call 989-453--3242; 989-550-2000,
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!
dues, memorials, and additional gifts to the Pigeon Historical Society are
to maintain the historic depot building and hire an intern to assist with
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
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•
Main Museum: Military Items • Period Clothing, Railroad
Artifacts • Farm Tools • Antique Organ, Piano, Furniture
The John E. Eichler Building holds a Farmers Market
every Friday, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
DAYS OF PIGEON:
of Huron County was still a wilderness when settlements along the shoreline
of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay were growing rapidly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Dennis Esch:
created and donated by Audrey Diebel
Officers: Vice President - Clayton Esch,
Secretary - Jim Leinbach, Treasurer - David Eichler
For more history, see the Huron County Historical Society: www.thehchs.org
and the Historical Society of Michigan: www.hsmichigan.org
courtesy of Huron County Historical Society