The many-sided house across the street, sheathed in steel plates, was built for Ephraim Shay, inventor of the Shay locomotive. Patented in 1881, the locomotive operated by a gear-drive mechanism. Its great traction and ability to operate on tight curves made it a favorite with logging and mining firms. Built in Lima, Ohio, thousands of Shays were operated by railroads throughout the world. Several were used on Shay's Hemlock Central railroad which began here and ran about fifteen miles to the north. Shay, born in Ohio in 1839, was an inveterate mechanic. He built the Harbor Springs waterworks and later donated it to the city. His firm experimented with boats and automobiles, and one winter he built sleds for the children of the town. In 1888 Shay moved to Harbor Springs, where he died in 1916.
Erected 1970 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0248.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 45° 25.839′ N, 84° 59.044′ W. Marker is in Harbor Springs, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 119) and Judd Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andrew J. Blackbird / Mack-e-te-be-nesey (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew J. Blackbird House / Makade Binisii Wegamik (within shouting distance of this marker); GR&I Railroad Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Little Traverse Bay (approx. 3.9 miles away); Library (approx. 3.9 miles away); Post Office (approx. 3.9 miles away); Terrace Inn (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harbor Springs.
Also see . . .
1. Ephraim Shay at Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ephraim Shay House. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Shay Locomotives. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016.