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Brighton in Livingston County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Orson Quackenbush

Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2017
1. Orson Quackenbush Marker
Inscription. Orson Quakenbush played a key role in establishing Brighton as a viable rural community with the downtown construction of his dam and grist mill on Ore Creek in 1838. The flowing water of Ore Creek would turn a water wheel that rotated a grindstone against a fixed grindstone. The grain was ground into flour between the two grindstones. Without this mill a local farmer would have to travel in their wagon filled with sacks of grain to Ann Arbor or Farmington. This roundtrip would take about 5 days and the farmer's family would be left alone at the farm to fend for themselves. This public parking lot was the site of the mill that was razed in the late 1940s after its sale by Ford Motor Company.

Original Art by: Diane Schenkel
 
Erected 2017 by Brighton Area Historical Society, Brighton Art Guild, Downtown Brighton. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Location. 42° 31.741′ N, 83° 46.89′ W. Marker is in Brighton, Michigan, in Livingston County. Marker is on South West Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is halfway between West Main Street and West North Street. Marker is in this post office area: Brighton MI 48116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alice Jolly (within
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2017
2. Orson Quackenbush Marker
shouting distance of this marker); John McKinney (within shouting distance of this marker); Brighton Hook and Ladder Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Town Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Daniel Marsh (about 300 feet away); B.T.O. Clark (about 400 feet away); St. Paul's (about 400 feet away); Henry Ford and John Tanner (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brighton.
 
Also see . . .  Who's that? Faces from Brighton's past pop up on city streets. According to this article from the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes will be "left on display for three years, except for during the winter." (Submitted on September 28, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Orson Quackenbush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2017
3. Orson Quackenbush Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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