Rochester in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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: Disasters • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & 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), 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(Submitted on August 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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.