Nankin Mills Historical

Nankin Mills Historical (HM1TTV)

Location: Westland, MI 48185 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 20.949', W 83° 22.212'

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Two grist mills have occupied this site. The first mill was built between 1835 and 1842; the present was constructed soon after the Civil War. In 1918 Henry Ford purchased it as part of a plan to develop village mill industries along the Rouge and other small rivers. Equipped with a turbine generator, Nankin Mills produced engravings, carburetor parts, rivets, and bearings. Ford believed that farmers working in an atmosphere of cleanliness and tranquility would restore a proper balance between the industrialized city and rural communities. Although his experiment intrigued American and European planners, it proved unprofitable. After World War II the mills closed. The Wayne County Road Commission acquired Nankin Mills, and in 1956 it was given new life as a nature center.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1977
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 304777 N 4691264
Decimal Degrees42.34915000, -83.37020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 20.949', W 83° 22.212'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 20' 56.94" N, 83° 22' 12.72" W
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Area Code(s)313, 734, 586
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33187-33399 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland MI 48185, US
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