Livonia in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
and the Power of the Rouge
The Newburgh Mill factory was built on the site of an earlier mill,
like other Ford "Village Industries." Bovee Cider Mill used to operate here along the Middle Rouge River, within the thriving village of Newburgh. In 1934, Newburgh Lake was created by construction of the dam, and in 1935 Newburgh Mill began to use hydroelectric power to produce drills for Ford plants around the world. Local farmers were hired as workers in the plant, switching to production of parts for Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines during World War II.
You Auto Know
A small steam engine which was used to supplement the 35 horsepower generator at Newburgh was shown in the Ford Exhibit at the 1931 Chicago World's Fair.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37401 Edward N Hines Drive, Livonia MI 48150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newburg Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Newburgh Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); George A. Custer U.S. Army Reserve Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); Chief Tonquish Burial Site (approx. 1.7 miles away); Roadside Development (approx. 1.9 miles away); "Learning by Doing" (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gunsolly Carding Mill (approx. 2.3 miles away); Nankin Millers House (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livonia.
Also see . . . Newburgh Mill Site: Industrial Usage Since 1870. A very short history of the Newburgh Mill site, including additional photos (including a couple of the inside) and aerial photos from 1949 to 2018. (Submitted on July 25, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.