West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Settling the Dust
The Countryside Improvement Association
The lakes and landscape of Oakland County weren't ready
for the automobile in the early 1900s. Weekend visitors, in noisy "self-propelled" vehicles, churned up dust on unpaved roads and trespassed on private property. To address these difficulties, women from Pine and Orchard Lakes formed the Countryside Improvement Association in 1911. Their early fundraising paid to settle the dust by spraying oil on roads. Further efforts improved the region's roads and signs, and defined road rules and property rights. Countryside fundraising continues to support charities and scholarships.
Michigan's first state parks
in the tri-county region were created in Oakland County as destinations for visitors. In 1922 the Dodge Brothers Motor Company and Howard and Amy Bloomer worked with the Countryside Improvement Association to purchase county land for public parks. A later report wrote that "weekenders found a pleasant place by the side of the road..."
You Auto Know
During World War I, the Countryside Improvement Association canned fruit and vegetables for American troops overseas.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 34.074′ N, 83° 23.59′ W. Marker is in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Arrowhead Road 0.3 miles south of Pontiac Trail. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, near the West Bloomfield Nature Preserve parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4655 Arrowhead Road, West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Blues (approx. 0.4 miles away); Go in Peace (approx. 0.6 miles away); Remembering Historic Railways (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Orchard Lake Museum (approx. 2.1 miles away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. 2.1 miles away); Apple Island (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bloomfield Township.
Also see . . . The First Twenty-Five Years Of The Countryside Improvement Ass'n. Of Orchard and Pine Lakes Oakland. Online copy of a booklet covering the early history of the Countryside Improvement Association. (Submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. • Environment • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.