Charles Brotherton / House

Registered Site L1789

Charles Brotherton

In 1852 Charles Brotherton came to the Upper Peninsula with a survey team organized by William Burt. Two years later, Peter White hired him to survey the land between the Menominee River and Marquette. His work in the Escanaba area, a decade before the initial influx of settlers, laid the foundation for the later creation of roads, mail routes and communities. Working for the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1865 until his death in 1908, he surveyed the railroad's path across the Upper Peninsula.
photo of Charles Brotherton

Charles Brotherton House

Surveyor Charles Brotherton moved to Escanaba with his wife Orpha Bishop, and their children in 1868. They built this house in 1873. Its original design was an eclectic mix of architectural styles featuring a cupola, a veranda with flared hip roof, dormers and overall symmetry. Orpha died in 1882, and Charles married Carrie Beach on 1883. Two of his sons who grew up here, Delevan and Hugh, later became surveyors.

Erected 2017

Location: 606 Ogden Avenue
Escanaba, Delta County

Latitude: 45.740826302, Longitude: -87.05582365

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