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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Giving Nature a Hand

 
 
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By Joel S., October 5, 2015
1. Giving Nature a Hand Marker
Inscription. The manufacturing technology developed by Henry Ford and the auto industry affected all aspects of life in early 20th century Michigan. Among the labor-saving items pioneered in the state during that period were specialized valves for watering lawns. Mr. Ford felt watering lawns was unnatural; however, Mrs. Ford wanted well-watered green lawns.

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In 1926, thousands of brass sprinkler heads were installed at Fair Lane that were controlled by large automatic valves. Since plastic tubing did not exist, an extensive system of three-inch steel pipe was installed beneath the designed turf grass meadows. The Rouge River (via a pump house near the river) supplied the water for the sprinkler system.

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Part of the original sprinkler system is still in the ground, and the brass pop-up sprinkler heads can be found in the meadow. Today a portion of the gardens are watered with a new irrigation system consisting of underground plastic tubing and pop-up heads, drip lines, and pole-mounted sprinklers.
 
Erected by Henry Ford Estate and MotorCities National Heritage Area.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location.
Giving Nature a Hand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., October 5, 2015
2. Giving Nature a Hand Marker
Closeup of sprinkler head diagrams.
42° 18.893′ N, 83° 14.012′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Fair Lane Drive 0.3 miles west of Evergreen Road. Click for map. This marker is found on the grounds of the Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane, about 200 feet northwest of the Ford residence. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Path of the Setting Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Garden Masterpiece (within shouting distance of this marker); A Trail Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); On the River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 300 feet away); From Farmland to Great Estate (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 400 feet away); From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dearborn.
 
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Giving Nature a Hand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., October 5, 2015
3. Giving Nature a Hand Marker
Closeup of sprinkler map.
Giving Nature a Hand Marker and Sprinkler Parts image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., October 5, 2015
4. Giving Nature a Hand Marker and Sprinkler Parts
Giving Nature a Hand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., October 5, 2015
5. Giving Nature a Hand Marker
This picture was taken from the Great Meadow.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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