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Union City in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Union City Iron Furnace

 
 
Union City Iron Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
1. Union City Iron Furnace Marker
Inscription. On March 17, 1847, the Union City Iron Company was incorporated with leading citizens of the town as stockholders. The company was formed to produce iron from the bog and kidney iron ore deposits in Union and neighboring townships. A furnace was built, and in May, 1847, it produced what was apparently the first iron made from Michigan ores. Earlier Michigan iron furnaces used imported pig iron. The percentage of iron in southern Michigan's ores was too small, however, to maker their use profitable. Thus, in a few years Union City's pioneering furnace ceased making pig iron and turned to the production of plows.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number L28.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 3.926′ N, 85° 7.892′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker is on Coldwater Street 0.1 miles east of Crane Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union City MI 49094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The St. Joe Tavern & The Bucket (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Fire Hall
Union City Iron Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
2. Union City Iron Furnace Marker
View to west along Coldwater Street
(about 600 feet away); Riverside Hotel, Duo Coach & UCI (about 700 feet away); "Union" of the Rivers (about 700 feet away); Caille Richards Company (about 700 feet away); The Broadway Bridge (about 700 feet away); Chivas & Jack's Grocery (about 700 feet away); Coldwater River & Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Close-Up of Marker Graphic image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
3. Close-Up of Marker Graphic
Typical Nineteenth-Century Iron Furnace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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