Bad Axe Michigan
All Photos and Information from Paul Petosky
#2: Construction of the new Bad Axe, MI Post Office (1918). View to the Northeast with Baptist Church on the left. #3: View to the Northeast of the new Bad Axe, MI Post Office (1918).
#4: New Bad Axe, MI Post Office construction (February 3, 1919). View looking from post office workroom into the Northeast corner of Public Lobby. Front door is in lobby to the right. The door to the postmaster's office is on the far left. The Bad Axe Post Office faces East on the west side of Hanselman Street. Northern Construction Company were the contractors for this project. Wolf Mueller, Superintendent, along with Woodson Foerster. Louis A. Simon was superintendent D & C Division.
Due to World War I going on during the building phase of the Bad Axe Post Office - I am sure supplies were in short demand at that time. WWI ended on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Bad Axe Post Office opened its doors for business in 1919. What a beautiful building it is - next time in Bad Axe - make a appoint to stop in and see the friendly staff. They're located at 133 N. Hanselman Street.
Contributed by Paul Petosky
While surveying a road through this area in 1861, Captain Rudolph Papst made camp at an old hunter's cabin, finding in it a much-used axe. His companion Lieutenant George Willis Pack suggested Bad Axe Camp as a fitting name for the place.
He used this name in his minutes of the survey and later on his county map.
On November 22, 1870 the Bad Axe Post Office was established with Charles E. Brown as its first postmaster.
On October 15, 1872, the county supervisors voted to make Bad Axe the county seat, and the next year they planned and platted the village and moved to it the county seat from Port Austin.
Bad Axe is located in about the center of Huron County, on the Pinnebog River.
In the early days Bad Axe was on the stage route running from Sand Beach (now Harbor Beach) to Sebewaing.
Bad Axe was incorporated as a village on March 19, 1885, and as a city in 1905.
The legislature changed its name to Huron in 1909, but the townspeople voted back its original name.
Postmasters that served at the Bad Axe Post Office are listed as follows:
Charles E. Brown.........November 22, 1870
Spelling changed to one word (Badaxe) 1905
John Maywood.............January 14, 1898
Spelling changed back to two words (Bad Axe) 1905
George M. Clark............January 23, 1906
Bad Axe Post Office uses zip code 48413.
This is a trophy the staff at the Bad Axe Post Office is especially proud of....it reads:
"Providing Excellent Customer Service 100% Of The Time."
(Photo courtesy of David McDonald, Huron County Historical Society)