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Near Gagetown in Tuscola County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sawmill

 
 
Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2021
1. Sawmill Marker
Inscription.  
The sawmill building was built in the winter of 2007-2008. It is a 48 ft x 100 ft structure designed to house a Russell & Co. circular sawmill made in Massillon, Ohio, in the early 1900's. It also houses a four head planer made by Witherby Rug & Richardson of Worcester, Mass ; and a flat belt driven swing saw, along with other related logging equipment.

In the Spring of 2007, a 13 ft x 100 ft addition was added to the building to become the sawmill museum. Displayed are loggin memorabilia and tools and equipment from the 1870's to the present. We've added a working veneer machine to our display and demonstrate the making of veneer. A veneer is a thin slice of wood, thinner than 1/8 inch that is glued onto core panels to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets, floors or furniture. The dole machine is fully operational.

It requires 12 volunteers to fully operate the sawmill and all the displays.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 2007.
 
Location. 43° 40.2′ N, 83° 12.895′ 
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W. Marker is near Gagetown, Michigan, in Tuscola County. Marker can be reached from Richie Road , 0.8 miles Bay City Forestville Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6948 Richie Road, Gagetown MI 48735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); House (about 600 feet away); Octagon Barn (about 600 feet away); Sugar Shack (about 600 feet away); Blacksmith Shop (about 700 feet away); Powerhouse (about 700 feet away); Cider Mill (about 700 feet away); Grain Elevator (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gagetown.
 
Sawmill and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2021
2. Sawmill and Marker
Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2021
3. Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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