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Esek Pray Trail

The Esek Pray Trail passes through Superior Township and features a variety of exceptional nineteenth century residences, one-room schoolhouses, and other resources tied to the family of Esek Pray, a founding leader of the State of Michigan, and his contemporaries.

  • 1.

    Popkins School

    Popkins School

    This mid-19th century Italianate-style school building was modified to meet early 20th century needs.

  • 2.

    Dixboro Church

    Dixboro Church

    The Greek Revival style Dixboro Church was built in 1858 by E. W. Ford of Saline for $2,241.

  • 3.

    Dixboro Store

    Dixboro Store

    Situated in the heart of the community, the Dixboro Store has served the local community for many years.

  • 4.

    Dixboro School

    Dixboro School

    This Italinante style school was built in 1888 by August Tessmer for $1,200.

  • 5.

    Galpin-Smith Farm

    Galpin-Smith Farm

    The Galpin-Smith farmhouse was constructed by Philo Galpin, an early pioneer in the 1830s.

  • 6.

    Oak Grove Cemetery

    Oak Grove Cemetery

    This cemetery is occupied by many of Dixboro's prominent residents.

  • 7.

    John McCormick Farm

    John McCormick Farm

    The first Superior Township meeting held was held here in 1828.

  • 8.

    Milton and Kittie Geer House

    Milton and Kittie Geer House

    The Italianate house was built in 1884 for Milton and Kittie Geer.

  • 9.

    Frains Lake School

    Frains Lake School

    Frains Lake School has served the surrounding farming community since 1872.

  • 10.

    Geer-Staebler Farm

    Geer-Staebler Farm

    The Geer-Staebler Farm began as a subsistence farm and evolved into a dairy operation.

  • 11.

    Murray-Fishbeck Farm

    Murray-Fishbeck Farm

    Charles Murray and his family emigrated from Orange County, New York in 1829.

  • 12.

    Pray Cemetery

    Pray Cemetery

    The Pray Cemetery is home to many 19th century residents.

  • 13.

    Esek Pray House

    Esek Pray House

    This landmark 1839 farmhouse was built by Esek Pray, an original farming pioneer.

  • 14.

    McCormick-Williams Farm

    McCormick-Williams Farm

    The farmhouse was constructed in 1838 by William McCormick, one of the original settlers in the township.

  • 15.

    Geer-Foerster Farm

    Geer-Foerster Farm

    The farm contributes to the understanding of the agricultural and social history of the area.

  • 16.

    Geer School

    Geer School

    The 1880 Geer School is a typical 19th century Italianate style one-room school house.

  • 17.

    Conant Farm

    Conant Farm

    The John Wesley Conant Farmhouse was built in Denton Township shortly after 1833.

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