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

The Flood of 1908 & Broadway Bridge “Island”

Union City Heritage Water Trail

 
 
The Flood of 1908 & Broadway Bridge Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Val Rossman, June 11, 2016
1. The Flood of 1908 & Broadway Bridge Island Marker
Inscription. On March 4,1908, heavy rains on top of 24” of snow followed by a thaw caused the rivers to spill over 4” above their highest known levels, submerging large sections of the village. The Broadway Bridge collapsed into the swollen river and was swept a few hundred yards downstream before sinking. Over the years silt and debris built up over it and created this island
 
Erected 2016 by Union City Heritage Water Trail. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Union City Heritage Water Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 3.934′ N, 85° 8.109′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. Touch for map. In the middle of the St. Joe River just west of the Broadway Bridge on the S. end of the Union City business district. 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. Titlow House & Parachute Factory (a few steps from this marker); Riverview Park (a few steps from this marker); Chivas & Jack's Grocery (within shouting distance of this marker); Caille Richards Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Broadway Bridge (about 300 feet away); Riverside Hotel, Duo Coach & UCI (about 300 feet away); Union City Milling and Mill Race Outlet (about 400 feet away); First Fire Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
 
More about this marker. There are 28 of these markers comprising the Union City Heritage Water Trail on the Coldwater River and the St. Joseph River launched in 2016 for the village's Sesquicentennial. These markers can be viewed by paddling the 5 mile stretch of river from the JP Palmer Launch in the Village of Union City to the Riley Dam on the SW Corner of Union Lake. Most of these markers CANNOT by accessed by foot as they are on private property along the river. Please do not trespass. More details can be found at www.uchwt.com
 
Also see . . .  Union City Heritage Water Trail Marker 15. At this link you will find more photos and information on the Flood of 1908 in the Village of Union City. (Submitted on June 12, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsDisastersMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 24 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 12, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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