The Daniel Carter Family Historical Marker (1994)

In 1856 Daniel Carter, who came to the Thunder Bay region seeking pine lands, brought his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Mary, to the town of Fremont, present-day Alpena. They were Alpena’s first permanent settlers. Daniel participated in the organization of Alpena County in 1857 and held many local offices, including Postmaster and Township Treasurer. The Carters’ home served as a boarding house and a meeting place for county officials. Sarah, although unlicensed, was the county’s only physician until 1862. Mary became Alpena’s first teacher in 1858 and had the first recorded marriage in 1859. In 1873 Daniel Carter deeded land in the southwest portion of town for a formal burial ground. The entire Carter family is interred there, in Evergreen Cemetery.

Height 6.4′ – width 3.6′

Artist/Design – Bureau of Michigan History Michigan Department of State

Medium/Material – Historical Marker

Information provided by Thunder Bay Art Council & Gallery, Tim Kuehnlein

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