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Near Saranac in Ionia County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Roadside Table

 
 
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By Cameron Zwart, May 25, 2012
1. The Roadside Table Marker
Inscription. Here on old U.S. 16 in Boston Township, Ionia County, the first picnic table along a highway right-of-way was placed in 1929 through the initiative of Allan Williams, county engineer. The table was built of salvage planks formerly used as guardrails. The idea immediately caught on and was adopted by the State Highway Department. The Ionia County Road Commission made the state's tables until the work became too great. The roadside table became an emblem of Michigan's hospitality, one which has been widely emulated by states the nation over.
 
Erected 1964 by Ionia County Road Commission. (Marker Number 253.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 53.207′ N, 85° 12.711′ W. Marker is near Saranac, Michigan, in Ionia County. Marker is on West Grand River Avenue 0.1 miles east of Morrison Lake Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in a small roadside park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6901 West Grand River Avenue, Saranac MI 48881, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saranac (approx. 3.2 miles away); Robert W. Graham Home
The Roadside Table Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 25, 2012
2. The Roadside Table Marker
(approx. 7.3 miles away); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 8.6 miles away); John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (approx. 8.7 miles away); Fallasburg Covered Bridge (approx. 8.7 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 9.8 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 11.4 miles away); Smyrna (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. First Roadside Table Informational Site. Center for Geographic Information (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

2. U.S. Route 16 in Michigan. Wikipedia (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

3. Ionia County boasts first roadside picnic table, one of West Michigan's hidden gems. The Grand Rapids Press (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

4. National Firsts. Michigan Department of Transportation (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. This page has been viewed 542 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.   2. submitted on , by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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