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Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Mill Creek

 
 
Old Mill Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
1. Old Mill Creek Marker
Inscription. In 1780 the British garrison at Fort Michilimackinac moved to Mackinac Island as a safer location during the American Revolution. Robert Campbell built a sawmill on this site to furnish lumber for the new fort and settlement. His sawmill and dam were one of the earliest industrial enterprises in northern Michigan.

The Complex later included a grist mill, an orchard, a blacksmith shop, a warehouse and several homes. Michael Dousman purchased the site in 1819 and continued to operate the mill until 1839. By 1867 the buildings were gone and the site had fallen into disrepair. In 1975 the Mackinac Island State Park Commission acquired the site. It opened its recreated working sawmill to the public in 1984.
 
Erected 1985 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 1154.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 45° 44.682′ N, 84° 40.25′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from Old Mackinaw Road 0.2 miles east of U.S. 23. Touch for map. Marker is located just off US route 23 on Old Mackinaw Road, near entrance to Old Mill Creek Michigan State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Old Mill Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
2. Old Mill Creek Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mackinaw's Civil War Cannons (approx. 3.6 miles away); Chief Wawatam (approx. 3.6 miles away); Iron Horse (approx. 3.6 miles away); Mackinaw City (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Algomah (approx. 3.6 miles away); Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Dixie Highway (approx. 3.7 miles away); Historic Mackinaw City (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Mill Creek Bridge & Saw Mill image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
3. Mill Creek Bridge & Saw Mill
Saw Mill & Mill Race image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
4. Saw Mill & Mill Race
Mill Race image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
5. Mill Race
Saw Mill Waterfall image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
6. Saw Mill Waterfall
19th Century Log Squaring Technique image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
7. 19th Century Log Squaring Technique
19th Century Log Squaring Technique image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
8. 19th Century Log Squaring Technique
Saw Mill Drive Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
9. Saw Mill Drive Wheel
Water-powered Board Cutting image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
10. Water-powered Board Cutting
Water-powered Board Cutting image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
11. Water-powered Board Cutting
Mill Creek Pond image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2003
12. Mill Creek Pond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 523 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on October 2, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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