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

Charcoal Kilns

Fayette Historic State Park

 
 
Charcoal Kilns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
1. Charcoal Kilns Marker
Inscription.  
Fears were entertained that the supply of charcoal would fall short, but with extraordinary exertions, they now have another set of kilns ready, and the supply will be kept up.
Escanaba Tribune
1870


Colliers manufactured charcoal to fuel the furnaces at a row of kilns, like this reconstruction. The company also operated kilns elsewhere on the Garden Peninsula and contracted with private operators to provide charcoal. By the mid-1880s, more than eighty kilns were in operation within ten miles of Fayette.
 
Erected by Fayette Historic State Park & Michigan Historical Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 45° 43.124′ N, 86° 40.055′ 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 along the interpretive trail in Fayette Historic State Park, on the east side of the furnace complex, overlooking a reconstructed charcoal kiln.
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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. Manufacturing Charcoal (a few steps from this marker); Furnace Complex, Upper Level (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Furnace Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette's Neighborhoods (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Grade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Smelting Process (about 300 feet away); Waterline (about 300 feet away); Machine Shop (about 500 feet away). 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. Nearly 500 residents — many immigrating from Canada, the British
Marker detail: Charcoal kilns circa 1868 image. Click for full size.
Source: Michigan Historical Museum
2. Marker detail: Charcoal kilns circa 1868
Charcoal kilns, enclosed by a timber framework, are shown in operation at the left of this c. 1868 photograph.
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.)
 
Charcoal Kiln (<i>view from above furnace complex; marker visible near center</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
3. Charcoal Kiln (view from above furnace complex; marker visible near center)
Charcoal Kiln (<i>view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
4. Charcoal Kiln (view from marker)
 
 
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 159 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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