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Histopolis Place-of-the-Day

Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Saturday, January 8, 2011 is Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, Oakland County, Michigan.

"Great Lakes National Cemetery is the second national cemetery built in Michigan and the 122nd in the national cemetery system.

"Great Lakes National Cemetery is located approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Detroit, in Holly Township, Oakland County. The cemetery borders Fagan Lake, and is located on a portion of a land grant from the Federal Government to Terrance Fagan in 1836. Historically, the property served as farmland until it was acquired by the National Cemetery Administration in 2002.

"In the 20th century, the property was purchased by Bryson Dexter Horton, a Spanish-American War veteran-turned-industrialist who invented the “Square D” switch. Horton's invention dramatically improved electrical safety, by encasing the switch in steel and protecting users from the live electrical current. Mr. Horton constructed a small house on the property in 1927, and reportedly entertained such preeminent locals as Henry and Edsel Ford, who both hunted and fished there.

"Great Lakes National Cemetery was established in 2005, and the first burial took place on October 17 of that year."

Source: Cemeteries - Great Lakes National Cemetery - Burial and Memorial Benefits

The Histopolis Grave Index for Great Lakes National Cemetery contains 13,621 entries with 7,074 unique surnames.

Explore Great Lakes National Cemetery on Histopolis now. If you have a place that you would like to see featured as the Histopolis Place-of-the-Day, contact the webmaster to suggest it.

Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010