National Register of Historic Places listings in Delta County, Michigan

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Delta County, Michigan.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Delta County, Michigan, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.[1]

There are 20 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted December 13, 2019.[2]

Current listings

[3] Name on the Register[4] Image Date listed[5] Location City or town Description
1 Bay de Noquet Lumber Company Waste Burner April 8, 2011
South end of River St.[6]
45°50′07″N 86°39′35″W
Nahma Township The Bay de Noquet Lumber Company Waste Burner is a round tower, 32 feet (9.8 m) in diameter on the outside and approximately 100 feet (30 m) tall. It is constructed of cast iron plates lined with brick. It was constructed sometime between 1888 and 1893 to eliminate the sawmill waste produced by the Bay de Noquet Lumber Company operation located at the site.
2 Camp Delta – Delta Resort May 1, 2017
17049 Foote Lake Rd.
46°09′27″N 86°29′28″W
Garden Township
3 Carnegie Public Library July 25, 1977
201 S. 7th St.
45°44′39″N 87°03′22″W
Escanaba The Escanaba Carnegie Public Library is a Carnegie library constructed in 1902 with $20,000 in funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. It is a one-story Classical Revival building constructed of red brick and Lake Superior Sandstone. The library moved to a new location in 1995, and the old Carnegie building was sold to private owners, who refurbished it with the intention of converting it into a private home.
4 County Road I-39 – Rapid River Bridge December 9, 1999
County Road I-39 over Rapid River
46°01′22″N 86°58′44″W
Masonville Township The County Road I-39 – Rapid River Bridge was built in 1916, and is the oldest example of a concrete girder bridge designed for the state trunk line system.
5 Delta Hotel April 9, 1998
624 Ludington St.
45°44′46″N 87°03′22″W
Escanaba The Delta Hotel is a five story, 66 feet (20 m) high Classical Revival structure that opened in 1914. It operated as a hotel until 1962 when it was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette and converted into the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens. The Bishop Noa Home moved from the building in 1992, and the building was renovated to house a brewpub on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors.
6 Escanaba Central Historic District April 7, 2014
Roughly 200-1800 blocks Ludington St.
45°44′45″N 87°03′41″W
Escanaba This district runs for over a mile along Ludington Street in the heart of Escanaba, with building ages generally progressing from east to west, echoing the development of the city. It starts in the 200 block with the House of Ludington, portions of which may date to the 1860s, to the small commercial buildings in the 1600 block which date to the beginning of the 20th century.
7 Fayette February 16, 1970
On a peninsula in Big Bay de Noc, on M-183 in Fayette State Park
45°42′50″N 86°40′00″W
Fayette From 1867 to 1891, Fayette was the site of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron smelting operation. Nearly 500 people lived in the nearby town. The town has been reconstructed into a state park and living museum showing what life was like in the late 19th century. A 1996 boundary increase (added 1996-12-26) increased the historic district to include the entire Fayette State Park.
8 Gooseneck Lake III Site June 27, 2014
Near Gooseneck Lake[7]
46°04′20″N 86°32′43″W
Escanaba An archaeological site which is part of the Woodland Period Archaeological Sites of the Indian River and Fishdam River Basins MPS.
9 Gooseneck Lake IV Site June 27, 2014
Near Gooseneck Lake[8]
46°04′20″N 86°32′43″W
Escanaba An archaeological site which is part of the Woodland Period Archaeological Sites of the Indian River and Fishdam River Basins MPS.
10 Jackpine Lake Site June 27, 2014
Near Jackpine Lake[9]
46°07′08″N 86°30′53″W
Escanaba An archaeological site which is part of the Woodland Period Archaeological Sites of the Indian River and Fishdam River Basins MPS.
11 Minneapolis Shoal Light Station November 15, 2006
In northern Green Bay 6.6 mi (10.6 km) south of Peninsula Point, northwest of Lake Michigan
45°32′10″N 86°59′54″W
Bay de Noc The Minneapolis Shoal Light Station, completed in 1934, is a twin of Grays Reef Light Station, built at approximately the same time. The Light Station sits on a square reinforced concrete pier, 30 feet (9.1 m) high and 64 feet (20 m) on a side. Atop the pier is a two-story base, 15 feet (4.6 m) high and 30 feet (9.1 m) on a side. The cellar and first floor of the base was built to house equipment, while the second floor housed the keeper's quarters. The 17 feet (5.2 m) tall lighthouse tower is placed in the center of the building roof.
12 Nahma and Northern Railway Locomotive #5 January 30, 2007
Main St. at River St.
45°50′27″N 86°39′51″W
Nahma Township This locomotive is a 2-6-2 coal-burning locomotive, built by the Baldwin Company of Philadelphia in 1912. It was run on the Nahma and Northern, a line built by the Bay De Noquet Lumber Company in 1901 and leading from Nahma into the surrounding forest and various lumber camps.
13 Peninsula Point Lighthouse April 28, 1975
6.5 mi (10.5 km) southeast of Escanaba in Hiawatha National Forest
45°40′05″N 86°58′00″W
Escanaba The Peninsula Point Lighthouse was built in 1865, and sits astride the St. Martin Island passage leading to Escanaba. The light was in use until 1936, when the Minneapolis Shoal Light Station went into service. The following year, the USDA-Forest Service "was granted custodianship," and the building was repaired and public picnic grounds were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The attached keeper's house burned in 1956.
14 Poverty Island Light Station September 6, 2005
Northwestern Lake Michigan, 5.8 mi (9.3 km) south of Garden Peninsula at Fairport
45°31′38″N 86°39′49″W
Fairbanks Township The Poverty Island Light was built in 1873-75, and used until 1976 when a newer light was built nearby. The light, with its white conical tower, was designed to be a near duplicate of the Sturgeon Point Light. In the 1980s the lantern was rescued by the Delta County Historical Society, who used it to refurbish the Sand Point Light in Escanaba. The lighthouse remains abandoned and in disrepair, and in 2011 was declared by Lighthouse Digest to be "America’s Most Endangered Lighthouse."
15 Richter Brewery April 15, 2009
1615 Ludington St.
45°44′44″N 87°04′14″W
Escanaba The Richter Brewery was built in 1900 and used by the Richter Brewing Company until Prohibition. The building was then used to manufacture non-alcoholic beverages. At the end of Prohibition, it was sold to the Delta Brewery Company (and renamed the Delta Building), who again used the building to brew beer until it went bankrupt in 1940. After years of vacancy, the building was rehabilitated in 2008-12 into the Lofts on Ludington, a loft space.
16 Sand Lighthouse December 1, 1997
12 Waterplant Rd.
45°44′40″N 87°02′40″W
Escanaba The Sand Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1867-68 as an aid to ships entering Escanaba's harbor. The light is unique in that it was constructed with its tower facing the land instead of facing the water. Whether this orientation was intentional or an engineering blunder is unknown. The light was active until 1939, after which it was used as a residence for Coast Guard seamen. In 1986, the Delta County Historical Society obtained the lught and restored it.
17 Spider Cave April 16, 1971
At the base of Burnt Bluff[10]
45°41′00″N 86°42′00″W
Fayette Spider Cave is a water-cut cave located 20 feet (6.1 m) above the base of Burnt Bluff on the shore of Big Bay de Noc. Four pictographs are within the cave and on the walls near the entrance. Most of the artifacts collected from the cave were Middle Woodland period projectile points with shattered tips, suggesting they were fired into the cave from without and had shattered against the rear wall.
18 St. Martin Island Light Station July 19, 1984
St. Martin Island
45°30′10″N 86°45′27″W
Fairport St. Martin Island Light is a unique exoskeleton lighthouse that marks one of four passages between Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay. The hexagonal tower is made of iron plates which are supported by six exterior steel posts that have latticed buttresses. Constructed in 1905, this light tower is the only example of a pure exoskeletal tower on the US side of the Great Lakes.
19 Summer Island Site September 3, 1971
Near Summer Harbor on the NW side of the island[11]
45°34′00″N 86°38′00″W
Summer Island This site was likely utilized as a late summer fishing ground by a number of Native American cultures, from the Middle and Late Woodland periods and later peoples after contact with European settlers. The site is located on a sandy meadow above Summer Harbor, and was used as a late summer and early fall fishing village.
20 Winter Site May 19, 1976
On a small tributary of Big Bay de Noc[12]
45°50′00″N 86°32′00″W
Garden The Winter Site, located near the Lake Michigan coast, represented early experimentation in late fall and winter subsistence inhabitation of coastal areas by Middle Woodland period peoples.

See also


  1. The latitude and longitude information provided in this table was derived originally from the National Register Information System, which has been found to be fairly accurate for about 99% of listings. Some locations in this table may have been corrected to current GPS standards.
  2. "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on December 13, 2019.
  3. Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 24, 2008.
  5. The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  6. Geocode coordinates estimated from information in NRHP nomination document.
  7. The NRIS gives the location of the Gooseneck Lake III Site as "Address Restricted", but Dunham places it near Gooseneck Lake. Sean Barron Dunham (2014), Late Woodland Settlement and Subsistence in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan (PDF)
  8. The NRIS gives the location of the Gooseneck Lake IV Site as "Address Restricted", but Dunham places it near Gooseneck Lake. Sean Barron Dunham (2014), Late Woodland Settlement and Subsistence in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan (PDF)
  9. The NRIS gives the location of the Jackpine Lake Site as "Address Restricted", but Dunham places it near Jackpine Lake. Sean Barron Dunham (2014), Late Woodland Settlement and Subsistence in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan (PDF)
  10. The NRIS gives the location of Spider Cave as "address restricted." However, the location is described in multiple sources as at the base of Burnt Bluff, which is located near Fayette per USGS mapping (ref: "Burnt Bluff USGS Fayette Quad, Michigan, Topographic Map". The given geo-coordinates are approximate.
  11. The NRIS database gives the Summer Island Site location as "address restricted." However, Brose describes the location as "about 20 feet above the level of Summer Harbor on the Northwest side of [Summer Island]" (ref David S. Brose (1970), "Summer Island III: An Early Historic Site in the Upper Great Lakes", Historical Archaeology, 4: 3–33, doi:10.1007/BF03373384, JSTOR 25615134). The given geo-coordinates are approximate.
  12. Terrance J. Martin (April 1980), "Animal Remains from the Winter Site, a Middle Woodland Occupation in Delta County, Michigan", Wisconsin Archeologist, 61: 91–99.
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