Ephraim Shay Historical

Ephraim Shay Historical (HM1U8D)

Location: Harbor Springs, MI 49740 Emmet County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 25.839', W 84° 59.044'

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The many-sided house across the street, sheathed in steel plates, was built for Ephraim Shay, inventor of the Shay locomotive. Patented in 1881, the locomotive operated by a gear-drive mechanism. Its great traction and ability to operate on tight curves made it a favorite with logging and mining firms. Built in Lima, Ohio, thousands of Shays were operated by railroads throughout the world. Several were used on Shay's Hemlock Central railroad which began here and ran about fifteen miles to the north. Shay, born in Ohio in 1839, was an inveterate mechanic. He built the Harbor Springs waterworks and later donated it to the city. His firm experimented with boats and automobiles, and one winter he built sleds for the children of the town. In 1888 Shay moved to Harbor Springs, where he died in 1916.
HM NumberHM1U8D
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1970
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 657691 N 5032768
Decimal Degrees45.43065000, -84.98406667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 25.839', W 84° 59.044'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 25' 50.34" N, 84° 59' 2.64" W
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Area Code(s)231, 616
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Judd St, Harbor Springs MI 49740, US
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