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Southfield in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Southfield Centre

 
 
Southfield Centre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 11, 2017
1. Southfield Centre Marker
Inscription. The Territorial Road (present-day 10-1/2 Mile Road) east of the Rouge River was Southfield Township's economic hub during the mid-nineteenth century. In 1831 Archibald Green, one of the township's earliest settlers, opened a blacksmith shop. In 1837 Ezekiel Sabin, built a gristmill along the river, inspiring entrepreneurs to establish businesses in Southfield Centre. Cornelius Lawrence opened a tavern, which became the Southfield Hotel, and Crawford's Corners Postmaster John Trowbridge moved his store and the post office here. In 1918 Henry Ford purchased the Sabin Mill site. The automobile magnate planned to join the factory and the farm by building hydropowered plants that would employ farmers during the winter. Southfield Centre's forty residents hoped that the plant would lead to economic growth. Ford never built the plant.
 
Erected 1993 by Bureau of Michigan History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1893.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 28.75′ N, 83° 17.032′ W. Marker is in Southfield, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Civic Center Drive east of Telegraph Road (U.S. 24), on the right when
Southfield Centre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 11, 2017
2. Southfield Centre Marker
View looking west toward Telegraph Road. Marker is to the left of the green light pole.
traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24300 Civic Center Drive, Southfield MI 48033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southfield Town Hall (approx. mile away); Southfield Township Site (approx. mile away); Southfield Township Volunteer Fire Department (approx. mile away); Southfield Center (approx. mile away); Historical Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Southfield Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Historical Marker (approx. half a mile away); Congregation Shaarey Zedek (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southfield.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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