Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Giving Nature a Hand
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In 1926, thousands of brass sprinkler heads were installed at Fair Lane that were controlled by large automatic valves. Since plastic tubing did not exist, an extensive system of three-inch steel pipe was installed beneath the designed turf grass meadows. The Rouge River (via a pump house near the river) supplied the water for the sprinkler system.
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Part of the original sprinkler system is still in the ground, and the brass pop-up sprinkler heads can be found in the meadow. Today a portion of the gardens are watered with a new irrigation system consisting of underground plastic tubing and pop-up heads, drip lines, and pole-mounted sprinklers.
Erected by Henry Ford Estate and
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 18.893′ N, 83° 14.012′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Fair Lane Drive 0.3 miles west of Evergreen Road. This marker is found on the grounds of the Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane, about 200 feet northwest of the Ford residence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Path of the Setting Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Garden Masterpiece (within shouting distance of this marker); A Trail Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); On the River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 300 feet away); From Farmland to Great Estate (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 400 feet away); From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.