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

Waterpowered Sawmills

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
1. Waterpowered Sawmills Marker
Inscription.  Donald McLeod of Green Bay purchased Alden Chandler's water-powered mill, the first sawmill built on the Escanaba River, and in 1844 sold it to John and Joseph Smith. Chandler was again "first" when he became the first postmaster serving "Esconawba." The Smith Brothers built a second mill on the river at the site of Mead's No. 1 Dam which is located just down hill from this point. A tramway extended from this dam to a point below the rapids where schooners could receive lumber from the mill. The tramway was constructed of 10" x 10" red pine ties with 6" x 6" oak rails on which cars were pulled by oxen. Evidence of this tramway existed as late as the 1950's. The watermill period in the Escanaba lasted from 1836 to 1888 when the I. Stephenson Co. built a huge steam sawmill at the mouth of the river.
 
Location. 45° 47.841′ N, 87° 4.6′ W. Marker is in Wells, Michigan, in Delta County. Marker can be reached from Mead Road north of US Highway 2/US Highway 41/Michigan Highway 35. Marker is on a nature/historical trail behind the parking lot at the Michigan Department
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By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
2. Waterpowered Sawmills Marker
of Natural Resources Escanaba Forest Management Unit. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6833 Hwy 2, 41 & M-35, Wells MI 49894, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Isaac Stephenson (a few steps from this marker); Forest Management (a few steps from this marker); Escanaba River (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumberjacks (within shouting distance of this marker); River Drives (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bill Bonifas (about 500 feet away); First Public Schoolhouse in Escanaba (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ludington Hotel (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wells.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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