Union City in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Union City Milling and Mill Race Outlet
Union City Heritage Water Trail
The small backwater to the left represents the exit of the millrace that was dug diagonally from the Coldwater River and powered saw and grist mills from the first settler in 1834 to 1949 when the 111 year old Randall Mill (below) caught fire. Six area fire departments responded while “5000 people looked on.” School was even dismissed with students racing to watch.
Erected 2016 by Union City Heritage Water Trail. (Marker Number 17.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Michigan - Union City Heritage Water Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
Location. 42° 3.895′ N, 85° 8.184′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. This marker is on private property please do not attempt to access it by trespassing on foot. It is mean to be viewed up paddling the St. Joseph River as part of the Union City Heritage Water Trail. It is on the south bank of the river just Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union City MI 49094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The French & Trading Posts (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverview Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Flood of 1908 & Broadway Bridge "Island" (about 400 feet away); Titlow House & Parachute Factory (about 500 feet away); Chivas & Jack's Grocery (about 700 feet away); The Park Street "Spencer" Bridge (about 700 feet away); Riverside Hotel, Duo Coach & UCI (about 700 feet away); Caille Richards Company (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
More about this marker. There are 28 of these markers comprising the Union City Heritage Water Trail on the Coldwater River and the St. Joseph River launched in 2016 for the village's Sesquicentennial. These markers can be viewed by paddling the 5 mile stretch of river from the JP Palmer Launch in the Village of Union City to the Riley Dam on the SW Corner of Union Lake. Most of these markers CANNOT by accessed by foot as they are on private property along the river. Please do not trespass. More details can be found at www.uchwt.com
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 18 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 16, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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