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Van Buren Township in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

French Landing Dam and Powerhouse

 
 
French Landing Dam and Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
1. French Landing Dam and Powerhouse Marker
Inscription.  In 1910 the Eastern Michigan Edison Company, now the Detroit Edison Company, purchased most of the Van Buren Township land along the Huron River for a hydroelectric plant. The French Landing powerhouse and dam were completed in 1924-25. The dam, the largest and last on the Huron River, created Belleville Lake, with its miles of beautiful residential and recreational lakefront lots. The dam generated up to 12.7 million kilowatts of electricity until it was eventually doneated to the township. In 1981 Van Buren Township began a five-million-dollar project to restore the dam and powerhouse.
 
Erected 1983 by Michigan History Division, Department of State, GFWC-Belleville Junior Study Club, Van Buren Twp. Historic Dist. Study Commission. (Marker Number L998.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 12.914′ N, 83° 26.369′ W. Marker is in Van Buren Township
French Landing Dam and Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
2. French Landing Dam and Powerhouse Marker
, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Haggerty Road and Alden Road, on the left when traveling north on Haggerty Road. The marker is in French Landing Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12090 Haggerty Road, Belleville MI 48111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merrill-Morris House (approx. 2 miles away); Morris Homestead (approx. 2 miles away); Old Van Buren Township Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wayne Industries (approx. 5.1 miles away); Old Rawsonville Village (approx. 5.3 miles away); Old Wayne Village Hall (approx. 5.3 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); Johnson's Tavern (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Belleville Lake, French Landing Dam, and Powerhouse image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
3. Belleville Lake, French Landing Dam, and Powerhouse
View from the fishing pier at French Landing Historical Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Looking for a downstream view of the dam and powerhouse. • Can you help?
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May. 29, 2020