Michigan Alkali Company
On October 17, 1890, Captain John Baptiste Ford (1811-1903) purchased this property along the Detroit River. He established the Michigan Alkali Company here in 1893. Ford had financial interests in several glass companies, and he chose the site for its proximity to resources needed to produce soda ash, a primary ingredient in the manufacture of glass. The deep strata of pure salt beneath the site was most important. Water from the Detroit River was used to extract the salt in solution form. The salt was used with limestone to produce a variety of sodium-based industrial and consumer products. The limestone was shipped from company owned quarries near Alpena. In the early years, Michigan Alkali's products included soda ash, baking soda and lye.
Since incorporating as the Michigan Alkali Company in 1893, these chemical works have played an integral role in the development of Wyandotte. The founder of the company, John Baptiste Ford (1811 - 1903), believed in corporate benevolance and generous donations were made to the city. The corporation continued this practice after Ford's death. One contribution
Erected 1992 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1790B.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 42° 13.082′ N, 83° 9.011′ W. Marker is in Wyandotte, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Biddle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1609 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte MI 48192, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Eberts House (approx. ¾ mile away); Ford-MacNichol Home (approx. ¾ mile away); Marx Home (approx. ¾ mile away); Wyandotte Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wyandotte World War I Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wyandotte Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.8 Wyandotte World War II Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Louis Mehlhose House (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyandotte.
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