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

Roadside Development

and the Haggerty Comfort Station

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 18, 2019
1. Roadside Development Marker
Inscription.  
This comfort station was one of the early public rest stops,
and it was a prototype for roadside development. When originally constructed in 1937, this station had a full-time attendant, an information booth and concession stand. Wayne County was one of the first county road agencies in the United States to officially promote the "Good Roads Movement," setting procedures for design, construction and maintenance of roadside developments.

You Auto Know
Jesse Merle Bennett established twenty-three roadside comfort stations in Wayne County Parks, and many others along state highways.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 22.162′ N, 83° 26.918′ W. Marker is near Plymouth, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Edward Hines Drive west of Haggerty Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in the Haggerty West unit of
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By Drawing courtesy of Wayne County Parks.
2. Lower left image
An original historic rendering of Haggerty Comfort Station drawn on tracing paper, 1936.
Hines Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth MI 48170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gunsolly Carding Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Wilcox House (approx. one mile away); Plymouth (approx. one mile away); Baker House (approx. one mile away); Rose of Aberlone (approx. one mile away); The Conner Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Plymouth United Savings Bank (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Penniman Buildings (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Good Roads Movement. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 19, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Roadsides: The Front Yard of the Nation. 1936 book by Jesse Merle Bennett in the Internet Archive. (Submitted on July 19, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Taking Comfort in Wayne County's Hines Park. Article from A Detroit Architect's Journal about comfort stations in Hines Park, a 15-mile long park that follows the Rouge River from Northville to Dearborn Heights. (Submitted on July 19, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
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By Photo courtesy of Wayne County Parks.
3. Upper right image
The popularity of Hines Park in the 1930s and 1940s is revealed by the crowds outside the comfort station in 1936.
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By Photo courtesy of Wayne County Parks.
4. Lower right image
Jesse Merle Bennett, the first superintendent of the Wayne County Parks System was one of the first people to see the need for "roadside comfort stations" along highways for the traveling public, leading to today's travel centers.
Roadside Development Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 18, 2019
5. Roadside Development Marker
Roadside Development Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 18, 2019
6. Roadside Development Marker
View looking towards the east in the Haggerty West unit of Hines Park.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 19, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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