1986: Murray Van Wagoner Dies, Created Michigan’s the Nation’s First Permanent State Highway Travel Information Center

June 12, 2024 all-day

On June 12, 1986, Michigan’s 38th governor, Murray Van Wagoner, who established the nation’s first permanent state highway travel information center before becoming governor, died at age 88.

Van Wagoner died at Botsford Hospital in Farmington of congestive heart failure. The Democrat served in the governor’s chair from 1941 to 1942. Prior to that, Van Wagoner was the state highway commissioner who established Michigan’s first roadside park in the state highway system and the country’s first travel information center just north of the Indiana border at New Buffalo.

After his single term as governor, he served as the director of the U.S. military government for Bavaria in 1948 and 1949 and later became a civil governor of the West German state.

Source: The New York Times

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