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Saranac in Ionia County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Saranac

 
 
Saranac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 25, 2012
1. Saranac Marker
Inscription.  In 1836, when Saranac was settled, the upper Grand River Valley was a promising but undeveloped area. The soil was fertile; Lake Creek provided water power; and the river was navigable to Grand Rapids. The town grew slowly until 1857, when the coming of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad made Saranac a shipping center. Local products included such items as flour, lumber, hides, felloes, barrels, and staves. As the forest disappeared, manufacturing declined, and agriculture gradually became the dominant industry.
 
Erected 1970 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 76.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 55.924′ N, 85° 12.133′ W. Marker is in Saranac, Michigan, in Ionia County. Marker is on East Main Street 0.1 miles east of Fuller Street, on the left when traveling east. Located in Scheid Park. Touch for map. Marker is
Saranac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 25, 2012
2. Saranac Marker
at or near this postal address: 451 East Main Street, Saranac MI 48881, 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. The Roadside Table (approx. 3.2 miles away); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 7 miles away); Robert W. Graham Home (approx. 7.1 miles away); John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (approx. 7.1 miles away); Fallasburg Covered Bridge (approx. 7.1 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 7˝ miles away); Smyrna (approx. 9.3 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Village of Saranac Informational Site. Center for Geographic Information (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

2. Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot. Center for Geographic Information (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

3. Saranac, Michigan. Wikipedia (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

4. Village of Saranac. Village of Saranac (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 
 
Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 5, 2012
3. Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot
The Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot was erected as a combination passenger and freight station from railroad company designs in 1906-07. Its architectural elements are virtually identical to other Grand Trunk depots in Fowler and South Lyon in Michigan, however the Saranac depot is larger since it combines both freight and passenger functions. Because of the peculiar conical roofs associated with these buildings, they are often referred to as "witch's hat" depots. The Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot is the last surviving in the town that provides a link to the railroads that fueled Saranac's early growth. It is a well-preserved example of a depot designed and built by one of the major railroad systems in the state, and is one of the few identified "witch's hat" depots in Michigan. Located at 138 North Bridge Street, Saranac, Michigan
Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 5, 2012
4. Grand Trunk Western Saranac Depot
Railroad car located at 138 North Bridge Street, Saranac, Michigan.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.   2. submitted on May 25, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.   3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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