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Grand Ledge in Eaton County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Grand Ledge 1909

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
1. Grand Ledge 1909 Marker
Inscription.
Look to your left and up to see the water tank built in 1909. There, an enterprising photographer took this photograph, perhaps the first aerial view of Grand Ledge. He captured a section of the Grand River where the north and south sides were connected, where the river's power was harnessed and where early industry began.

 
Erected by Grand Ledge Area Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 45.257′ N, 84° 44.644′ W. Marker is in Grand Ledge, Michigan, in Eaton County. Marker can be reached from East River Street east of South Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is along the Riverwalk in The Commons of the Opera House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 South Bridge Street, Grand Ledge MI 48837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blake's Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Shane Jewelry Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preston's Grocery - Preston's Bar (about 500 feet away); "Growing Progress" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home
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By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
2. Left Half of Image
1. First Congregational Church
On Front Street is the First Congregational Church whose cornerstone reads 1903.

2. Hixson Flour and Feed Mill
On the north side of the river was the Hixson Flour and Feed Mill. Mills came early in the founding of a town.

3. Bridge
The 1910 bridge was under construction costing $50,000.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Ledge Chair Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fitzgerald Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Quarrying and Carrying (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Ledge.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
3. Right Half of Image
4. Temporary Bridge
A temporary bridge was constructed of lumber left from the abandoned chair company.

5. Dam
The dam provided power, but also had an unintended function. In the earliest days before there was a bridge, going to school was an adventure since the town's only school was located on the north side. Southside children often walked to school on the dam. In winter they walked across the ice.

6. Planing Mill and Chair Manufacturing Company
Look to your left and down. See the stone foundation? You are here on the remnants of a planing mill foundation. This and the nearby chair manufacturing company used the first resources of this area, extensive hardwood forests. The chair company moved to the west side of town and the mill was torn down before this photo was taken.

7. Iron Works and Laundry
Along the street, inevitably named Bridge Street, an iron works and laundry were located.

8. The Opera House Commons
You are on The Commons of the Opera House. Built in 1885 as a skating rink, the Opera House was later converted to a place of entertainments.
Grand Ledge 1909 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
4. Grand Ledge 1909 Marker
View from the southwest.
Grand Ledge 1909 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
5. Grand Ledge 1909 Marker
View from the northwest — from the bridge.
Grand Ledge 1909 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
6. Grand Ledge 1909 Marker
Image includes the stone foundation remnants of a planing mill foundation mentioned on the marker.
Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 7, 2018
7. Water Tower
The water tower is about 0.14 miles due north of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 30, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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