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Franck Chicory Company

Founded 1898

 
 
Franck Chicory Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2021
1. Franck Chicory Company Marker
Inscription.  The introduction of chicory into Bay County, at the beginning of the twentieth century brought a ___ industry into the area and provided the farmers with a profitable cash crop. Chicory was a popular beverage in Europe at the time. The chicory root, when roasted and ground, was used to mix with coffee or as a coffee substitute. Li____ beet processing, the work was entirely seasonal. The Franck Company employed upwards of 100 people during peak periods. Although chicory production was an important industry for many decades, no mills are operating in the county as we approach the twenty-first century. (Note Clarkston Park in the rear left corner of this photo).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 43° 35.715′ N, 83° 51.26′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Michigan, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Avenue (State Highway 25) and Livingston Street, on the right when traveling west on Center Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2606 Center Avenue, Bay City MI 48708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Center Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Charles B. & Georgiana (McGraw) Curtiss House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Trinity Church/Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Beet Sugar Industry (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bay City Branch Library (approx. 1.4 miles away); George H. & Elva Shearer House (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay City.
 
Franck Chicory Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2021
2. Franck Chicory Company Marker
View looking west along Center Avenue. Marker is on the Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail on the left side after you cross Center Avenue heading north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 137 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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