Near Garden in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fayette Historic State Park
Machinists like Louis Follo maintained Fayette’s industrial equipment from this shop.
Power machinery, used to manufacture equipment parts, was driven by steam piped from the furnace boilers.
Master mechanics were paid $75 per month. Machinists like Follo earned $1.80 per day.
Erected by Fayette Historic State Park & Michigan Historical Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 45° 43.086′ N, 86° 40.149′ 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, directly in front of the subject building. 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. Carpenter Shop Site (a few steps from this marker); Waterline (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Grade (within shouting distance The Smelting Process (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette's Neighborhoods (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furnace Complex (about 300 feet away); Furnace Complex, Upper Level (about 300 feet away); Manufacturing Charcoal (about 400 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
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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 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 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Fayette Historic State Park website. (Submitted on January 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.