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Near Garden in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Furnace Complex, Upper Level

Fayette Historic State Park

 
 
Furnace Complex, Upper Level Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
1. Furnace Complex, Upper Level Marker
Inscription.  The rooms on this upper level of the furnace complex housed the machinery which powered the foundry's hot blast. Boilers supplied steam to blowing engines which forced air through the hot blast ovens and into the furnaces.

The furnace stacks were enlarged and modified during their period of use. Ruins of the brick blast ovens date from 1881. Earlier blast ovens sat atop the stacks.
 
Erected by Fayette Historic State Park & Michigan Historical Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 43.106′ N, 86° 40.074′ W. Marker is near Garden, Michigan, in Delta County. Marker can be reached from State Park Road, one mile west of II Road (State Highway 183). Marker is located near the interpretive trail in Fayette Historic State Park, overlooking the south side of the upper level furnace structures. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4785 II Road, Garden MI 49835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fayette's Neighborhoods (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Manufacturing Charcoal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Furnace Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Charcoal Kilns (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Grade (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterline (within shouting distance of this marker); The Smelting Process (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garden.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high wooden post.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fayette Historic State Park
 
Also see . . .
1. Fayette Historic State Park. Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Fayette grew up around two blast furnaces, a large dock, and several charcoal kilns, following the post-Civil War need for iron.
Marker detail: Furnace Complex image. Click for full size.
Source: Michigan Historical Museum
2. Marker detail: Furnace Complex
Nearly 500 residents — many immigrating from Canada, the British Isles, and northern Europe — lived in and near the town that existed to make pig iron. During 24 years of operation, Fayette's blast furnaces produced a total of 229,288 tons of iron, using local hardwood forests for fuel and quarrying limestone from the bluffs to purify the iron ore. (Submitted on January 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Fayette Historic State Park website. (Submitted on January 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Boiler Room (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
3. Boiler Room (view from near marker)
Blower Room (<i>on east side of upper furnace complex</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
4. Blower Room (on east side of upper furnace complex)
Blast Oven Ruins (<i>on west side of upper furnace complex</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
5. Blast Oven Ruins (on west side of upper furnace complex)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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