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Rochester in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chapman Pond

 
 
Chapman Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 1, 2014
1. Chapman Pond Marker
Inscription.  This picture shows the rear of the Detroit United Railway powerhouse, across Chapman Pond. It was taken southwest of this location, near the Michigan Central Railroad train depot. The pond covered an area of approximately 18.5 acres where the Rochester Post Office, Rochester Hills Public Library and Royal Park Hotel are now located.

Chapman Pond is identified on this map as “Pond.” The island known as Scouts Island was located in the area now occupied by the Rochester Hills Public Library and was used by Boy Scouts for campouts. When the dam washed out in 1946, the pond ceased to exist.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 42° 41′ N, 83° 7.785′ W. Marker is in Rochester, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Olde Towne Road 0.1 miles north of East University Drive, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the Rochester River Walk (Paint Creek Trail),
Marker detail: Chapman Pond, 1918 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Chapman Pond, 1918
near the southeast corner of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester MI 48307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hammer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Western Knitting Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit United Railway and Car Barn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Masonic Block (approx. ¼ mile away); Rochester Opera House (approx. ¼ mile away); Three-faced Clock (approx. 0.3 miles away); City of Rochester, Michigan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rollin Sprague Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
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1. Chapman Pond. In the early twentieth century, the Western Knitting Mills built a dam (McAleer Dam) on Paint Creek to raise the water level in the creek. The water would be used to provide power to the Western Knitting Mills. The new dam formed a millpond and was known as Chapman Lake (or Pond). On June 18, 1946, heavy rainfall caused a dam to burst at Rudd’s Mill. It was not long before the flood reached McAleer Dam causing the land around it to give way and unleash Chapman Lake. The eastern side of Rochester was flooded; Chapman Lake’s waters damaged several homes and businesses, railroad tracks, and even killed one woman. (Submitted on August 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Remembering Rochester
Marker detail: Rochester Map, 1908 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Rochester Map, 1908
. On June 18, 1946, Rochester's downtown landscape changed forever. Following the flood, Paint Creek was unwilling to be forced back into its old channel, and the dam was no longer needed to generate power, so later in the summer of 1946 some filling was done in the lake bottom, and the Chapman mill pond disappeared from Rochester's map forever. (Submitted on August 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Chapman Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 1, 2014
4. Chapman Pond Marker
(looking west • Olde Towne Road in background)
Rochester Hills Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 1, 2014
5. Rochester Hills Public Library
(located just west of marker, on former Chapman Pond site)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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