The following historical based information was gathered from Tuscola County's 34 municipalities. It provides a starting point to discover the rich heritage of Tuscola County.
Caro Post Office Wall Mural – 210 W. Lincoln Street, Caro
“Mail on the Farm”, a vintage 1941 Mural decorates the historic Caro Post Office main lobby. Part of the Federal Art Project (FAP) that operated from 1935-1941, the mural was designed to depict a typical, every day event in Tuscola County life. David Fredenthal, The mural’s author, is a nationally recognized watercolor artist and illustrator. His works are housed in numerous museums, universities and private art collections
Tuscola County Courthouse – Stained Glass Window
The Tuscola County courthouse's massive 17ft by 9ft stained glass window was designed by A. Kay Herbert of Detroit and constructed in 1932 by the Detroit Stained Glass Works. The Arched window is constructed of Opalescent Glass, Antique cathedral glass, lead cane, vitreous paint and silver stain. The inscriptions reads "General Cass signing treaty with Indians on the Cass River".
There has long been confusion over the depicted scene. The commonly held belief is that it commemorates General Lewis Cass's signing of the Treaty of Saginaw with Chief Joshua Maishkeepawshe of the Chippawa Indians. This treaty however was signed in the City of Saginaw. (West side of the Saginaw river behind Mr Campau's house. -Okemos testimony Campau vs Dewey 1860) It is far more likely that the window depicts the 1920 conclusion of canoe building negotiations. The Chippawa of the Cass River valley were well known for their canoe construction and General Cass Required their skills for his famous exploratory expedition of the Great lakes and Northwest Territory.
Vassar City Hall Wall Mural
This Warren Simpson mural has been on display in the Vassar City Hall since 12/22/1986.
Painted in 1952 on ship canvas, it depicts a representative historic scene of Vassar C. 1852 and features local well known native Indian Dave.
NBD (National Bank of Detroit) donated the mural that previously decorated their offices to the city of Vassar. Generous donations of labor and materials were provided by Vassar Building Center and DA Johnston Construction. This enabled the historic mural to be mounted in the council chambers.