Mount Clemens Local History

Sketch of downtown Mount Clemens and courthouse square

Mount Clemens, Michigan has a rich and colorful history centered around the discovery of mineral water wells by Dorr Kellogg in 1870. As word of the therapeutic value of bathing in Mount Clemens' mineral water spread, an industry grew and thrived. Turn of the century Mount Clemens was replete with bath houses and fine hotels. People came from all over the world to take the health-giving baths, and Mount Clemens became known as the "Bath City." The bath industry flourished until the late 1920s, and the Great Depression closed most of the large hotels and baths. The last bath house in operation, the Arethusa, closed in 1974.

The library has an excellent local history collection for those engaged in Mount Clemens research, including:

In addition to the library's resources, researchers will want to visit the outstanding exhibits on Mount Clemens and Macomb County history at the Macomb County Historical Society's Crocker House Museum, the Selfridge Military Air Museum, and the Michigan Transit Museum at the historic Mount Clemens train depot. 

 Elizabeth Blay Maison Schelling Local History Writing Contest award-winning essays:

2008: Jonah Mullet (Division I) and Christian Lathers (Division II)
2009:  Joshua Mills (Division I) and Sarah Ellison (Division II)

Read About Mount Clemens' Rich History
(excerpts from the library's Local History Collection)

If you have a question about Mount Clemens history, you may ask our trained reference staff for assistance at

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Last update: January 29, 2015