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Big Rock Point in Charlevoix County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant

 
 
Big Rock Point Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
1. Big Rock Point Marker (Side A)
Inscription.

(Side A)
Big Rock Point
Big Rock Point is named for a large boulder used as a landmark by Native Americans. At least as early as the mid-nineteenth century Odawa (Ottawa) Indians used Big Rock, which they called Kitcheossening, as a gathering place each spring. The Odawa summered at Waganaksing (the area between Harbor Springs and Cross Village), but dispersed into smaller groups and traveled during the winter. Each spring they returned to Big Rock, their canoes loaded with sugar, furs, deer skins, prepared venison, bear's oil, and bear meat prepared in oil, deer tallow, and sometimes a lot of honey. From there they returned to Waganaksing by crossing the bay in wiigwaas jiimaan (birch bark canoes). In 1999 elders and youth from the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians recreated the crossing.

(Side B)
Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant
Consumers Power Company (later Consumers Energy) opened the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant just west of here in 1962. It was the world's first high-power density boiling water reactor, and the fifth commercial nuclear power plant in the U.S. The plant began as a research and development facility, with the first goal being to prove that nuclear power was economical. In addition to generating electricity, the reactor produced cobalt

Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
2. Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Marker (Side B)
60 that was used to treat an estimated 400,000 cancer patients. In 1991 the American Nuclear Society named the plant a Nuclear Historic Landmark. When it closed in 1997, Big Rock was the longest running nuclear plant in the nation. Consumers Energy later restored the site to a natural area.
 
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S0701.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 45° 21.766′ N, 85° 10.524′ W. Marker is in Big Rock Point, Michigan, in Charlevoix County. Touch for map. Marker is at Lake Michigan Shores Roadside Park, off U.S. 31, about 0.2 mile west of Burgess Road, and about five miles northeast of Charlevoix. Marker is in this post office area: Charlevoix MI 49720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. B-52 Crash Fallen Crew Members Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Wharfside Building and Park Acquisition (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Harsha House Museum (approx. 5.1 miles away); USS Escolar (SS 294) Memorial (approx.
Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
3. Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant Marker
5.2 miles away); Benjamin S. Gill, EMC USN (approx. 5.2 miles away); Still On Patrol (approx. 5.2 miles away); Odmark Band Pavilion (approx. 5.2 miles away); The First Congregational Church (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Big Rock Point: The Journey's End. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Big Rock Point: From groundbreaking to greenfield. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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