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"The Thing"

 
 
"The Thing" Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Garman, June 2, 2019
1. "The Thing" Marker
Inscription.  Thomas Clegg (1863-1939) and his English-born father, John, built “The Thing,” the first recorded self-propelled vehicle in Michigan (and perhaps the country) in 1884-85. The Thing, driven by a single cylinder steam engine with a tubular boiler carried in the rear, seated four. The vehicle was built in the John Clegg and Son machine shop here in Memphis. It ran about five hundred miles before Clegg dismantled it and sold the engine to a creamery. The shop was razed in 1936, just a short time before Henry Ford offered to buy it for Greenfield Village.
 
Erected 1981 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L824B.)
 
Location. 42° 53.795′ N, 82° 45.848′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on Bordman Road 0.2 miles east of Cedar Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis MI 48041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sanford Stone / Weller House (approx. 5.7 miles away); Richmond Center for the Performing Arts
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(approx. 5.8 miles away); John Donley Farm (approx. 5.8 miles away); Steam Engines--A Brief History (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ray Township District No. 1 School (approx. 12.1 miles away); Religious Society Church (approx. 12.1 miles away); Millstones (approx. 12.2 miles away); Wolcott Mill (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. No nearby parking access. Difficult to see the marker because of trees and other vegetation.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2019, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on June 13, 2019, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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