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Morenci in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge / Taft Memorial Highway

 
 
Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, October 13, 2019
1. Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge
The Michigan State Highway Department built the steel - beamed Murray D. Van Wagoner Bridge over Silver Creek in 1935 at a cost of $35,700. The federal relief project helped the community by providing work during the Great Depression. The Morenci community, and boosters from the Taft Memorial Highway Association, held a dedication ceremony attended by 5,000 people. Namesake Murray D. Van Wagoner, head of the state Highway Department and a future governor of Michigan, made the keynote speech. Adjacent is the 1893 Sterling Road truss bridge, relocated in 2004 from nearby Hillsdale County by the Michigan Department of Transportation for use as a crossing on the pedestrian trail.

Taft Memorial Highway
In 1930 organizers from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida formed the Taft Memorial Highway Association to promote automobile tourism. Named after the nation's twenty-seventh president, William Howard Taft, the highway stretched from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Inspired by hundreds of similar associations

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By TeamOHE, October 13, 2019
2. Taft Memorial Highway Marker
across the country, founding members lobbied officials for modern roads and bridges along their selected route. Morenci organizers participated actively in the association. Although the association ceased operations during World War II, the state highway bridge over the Silver Creek remains as a legacy of local effort in a national movement.
 
Erected 2004 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2124.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRoads & VehiclesWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 41° 42.737′ N, 84° 12.677′ W. Marker is in Morenci, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on S. East Street (State Highway 156), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morenci MI 49256, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morenci Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Morenci Civil War Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Fractional District No. 3 School (approx. 2.9 miles away); 1915 Ohio Michigan State Line Survey (approx. 7.7 miles away in Ohio); 1815 Michigan Meridian (approx. 7.7
Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge-Taft Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, October 13, 2019
3. Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge-Taft Memorial Highway Marker
miles away in Ohio); Women Of Fulton County War Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away in Ohio); The Ohio Michigan Boundary War / Battle of Phillips Corners (approx. 9 miles away in Ohio); Camp Palmer Time Line (approx. 9.4 miles away in Ohio). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morenci.
 
Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge-Taft Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, October 13, 2019
4. Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge-Taft Memorial Highway Marker
Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge-Taft Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, October 13, 2019
5. Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge-Taft Memorial Highway Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 26, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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