“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Union City in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Union City Creamery

Union City Heritage Water Trail

Union City Creamery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Val Rossman, June 12, 2016
1. Union City Creamery Marker
Inscription. The Union City Creamery was established in July 1901 as a co-operative enterprise between fifty local farmers and a handful of businessmen on capitol stock of $10,000. In 1902, the model plant managed by Mrs. C. B. Spoor averaged milk receipts of 12,000 lbs. from surrounding farms while churning out 500 lbs. of butter daily. Local butter brought the highest “fancy” prices in Cleveland and Philadelphia. The property was most recently Union City Industries Lab.
Erected 2016 by Union City Heritage Water Trail. (Marker Number 5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Union City Heritage Water Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 3.937′ N, 85° 7.703′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker is on Coldwater St., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is just north of Coldwater St. in the east edge of Union City. It is on the northeast bank of the Coldwater River and is visible from the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Union City MI 49094, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coldwater River & Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Narrow Gauge Railway to the Cement Factory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Union" of the Rivers (about 600 feet away); Union City Iron Furnace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Randall Dam & Start of Millrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); The St. Joe Tavern & The Bucket (approx. mile away); First Fire Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); J.P. Palmer Launch and & Railroad Trestle (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Union City.
More about this marker. There are 28 of these markers comprising the Union City Heritage Water Trail on the Coldwater River and the St. Joseph River launched in 2016 for the village's Sesquicentennial. These markers can be viewed by paddling the 5 mile stretch of river from the JP Palmer Launch in the Village of Union City to the Riley Dam on the SW Corner of Union Lake. Most of these markers CANNOT by accessed by foot as they are on private property along the river. Please do not trespass. More details can be found at
Also see . . .  Union City Heritage Water Trail Marker 5. At this link you will find more information, photos and articles about the Union City Creamery. (Submitted on June 12, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan.) 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made Features
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on , by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. Photo   1. submitted on , by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 28, 2016.
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