Orson Quackenbush

Orson Quackenbush (HM21X8)

Location: Brighton, MI 48116 Livingston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 31.741', W 83° 46.89'

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Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes

Orson Quakenbush played a key role in establishing Brighton as a viable rural community with the downtown construction of his dam and grist mill on Ore Creek in 1838. The flowing water of Ore Creek would turn a water wheel that rotated a grindstone against a fixed grindstone. The grain was ground into flour between the two grindstones. Without this mill a local farmer would have to travel in their wagon filled with sacks of grain to Ann Arbor or Farmington. This roundtrip would take about 5 days and the farmer's family would be left alone at the farm to fend for themselves. This public parking lot was the site of the mill that was razed in the late 1940s after its sale by Ford Motor Company.

Original Art by: Diane Schenkel
HM NumberHM21X8
Year Placed2017
Placed ByBrighton Area Historical Society, Brighton Art Guild, Downtown Brighton
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 271552 N 4712264
Decimal Degrees42.52901667, -83.78150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.741', W 83° 46.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 44.46" N, 83° 46' 53.4" W
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Area Code(s)810, 313, 586, 517, 248,
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 144-198 S West St, Brighton MI 48116, US
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