Watervale, Michigan

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Watervale Historic District
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Watervale historic Casino and Post Office, 2018
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Location975-1422 Watervale Rd.,
Blaine Township, Michigan
Coordinates 44°33′14″N86°13′4″W / 44.55389°N 86.21778°W / 44.55389; -86.21778 Coordinates: 44°33′14″N86°13′4″W / 44.55389°N 86.21778°W / 44.55389; -86.21778
Area25.5 acres (10.3 ha)
Built1892 (1892)
Architectural styleLate Victorian, Bungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference # 03000624 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 10, 2003
Designated MSHSDecember 19, 1991 [2]

The Watervale Historic District is a resort, originally constructed as a lumber camp, located at 975-1422 Watervale Road on the shore of Lower Herring Lake in Blaine Township, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1991 [2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. [1]

Blaine Township, Michigan Civil township in Michigan, United States

Blaine Township is a civil township of Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 551. It is located in the southwest portion of the county. There are no significant population centers in the township; the nearest towns are Arcadia to the south, Benzonia to the northeast, and Elberta to the northwest. M-22 is the township's main thoroughfare.

National Register of Historic Places Federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred in preserving the property.

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History

Watervale, c.1950 Watervale MI 1940s.JPG
Watervale, c.1950

Leo F. Hale began a logging and shipping operation in this area in the early 1890s. [2] In 1893, Hale, along with William and Mary Vincent, platted out the village of Watervale on the south shore of Lower Herring Lake. They built about 20 houses, many of which were shacks. There were, however, at least eight painted frame houses. The village also contained a meat market, general store, and post office.

As the logging boom waned, Hale went bankrupt, and by 1900 had lost most of Watervale; it was eventually nearly abandoned. [2] In 1917, Dr. Oscar H. Kraft of Chicago purchased the town and adjacent land to use as a resort for his family. He restored several buildings, and opened it that summer as a public resort. Kraft's niece, Vera Noble, and her husband Vernon purchased the resort in 1960; Vera ran Watervale until her death in 2005, when it was passed on to her children. [3]

Chicago city and county seat of Cook County, Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the US, with portions of the northwest city limits extending into DuPage County near O'Hare Airport. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland. At nearly 10 million people, the metropolitan area is the third most populous in the nation.

Description

The Watervale Historic District contains 16 buildings constructed between 1892 and 1927 sited along Watervale Road. [2] The buildings include the former general store, a former boarding house now used as an inn, an assortment one- and two-story clapboard-covered houses and several early 20th century cottages.

Clapboard (architecture) wooden siding on a building in the form of horizontal boards, often overlapping

Clapboard or clabbard, also called bevel siding, lap siding, and weatherboard, with regional variation in the definition of these terms, is wooden siding of a building in the form of horizontal boards, often overlapping.

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References

  1. 1 2 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Watervale". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  3. "History". Watervale Inn. Retrieved January 6, 2014.