Randall Dam & Start of Millrace

Randall Dam & Start of Millrace (HM1SNP)

Location: Union City, MI 49094 Branch County
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N 42° 3.767', W 85° 7.655'

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Union City Heritage Water Trail

Early surveying parties sent out
on the Washtenaw trail, which
became M-60, took back glowing accounts of the potential for
water power at the junction of the two rivers and this quick stretch named the Coldwater Rapids.
The first race was constructed
by Justice Goodwin, first permanent settler, in 1834 to operate a sawmill. A larger raceway was subsequently dredged diagonally west from here to the St. Joe, providing water power to several saw and grist mills. The first local drowning was in the mill race, a pioneer child of the Olmsted family. In 1840, there was a "sickness" of many residents attributed to too many logs floating in the raceway, causing the Township Board to decree "no logs be allowed to lie in the pond more than 3 days between May and November." The dam was removed in 2002 and the raceway was filled in.
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Marker Number3
Year Placed2016
Placed ByUnion City Heritage Water Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 11:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 654919 N 4658443
Decimal Degrees42.06278333, -85.12758333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 3.767', W 85° 7.655'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 3' 46.02" N, 85° 7' 39.3" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-109 Gilbert St, Union City MI 49094, US
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