Big Rock

Big Rock

Natural features have often played a role in the naming of communities. One such settlement was Big Rock. Named after a massive boulder, this hamlet was located at the crossroads of present-day M-32 and Thornton Road. Seth Gillet became the first postmaster in 1882. By 1902 a general store owned by Briley Township pioneer William Remington housed the post office. At that time a church and school, a grange hall, a sawmill and a blacksmith shop were also located in Big Rock. The post office closed in 1920.
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Registered Site L1808
Erected 1991

Location: M-32 at Thornton Rd
Briley Township, Montmorency County

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Latitude: 45.0069206, Longitude: -84.2340981

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