Becoming Clarkston

Becoming Clarkston (HM2DC1)

Location: Clarkston, MI 48346 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 44.163', W 83° 25.159'

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It Started with the Mill

The brothers came from New York State.
Jeremiah Clark came first, at age 41 in 1831, to explore his fortune in Michigan Territory. His brother Nelson, eighteen years younger, joined Jeremiah in 1838 in buying 2,000 acres of land in Independence Township. The Clark brothers built a new mill here with a dam that formed the Mill Pond and harnessed waterpower to grind the region's wheat into flour. The village that grew around the mill was named Clarkston to honor them. Jeremiah went on to plant hundreds of apple trees in the area, and later became a judge and a state representative. Nelson built a fish hatchery and the school at 90 North Main Street. He also platted the village, and served as its postmaster.
captions for background photograph at bottom of marker:
· View of Clarkston in the 1880s, looking east from the top of Sunset Hill. The white Clarkston Mills buildings are at center, with familiar church steeples nearby.
· Winter ice was cut from the Mill Pond, packed in straw and stored for year-round use in an ice house that stood along its eastern shore.
This historical exhibit is provided by the Clarkston Community Historical Society in memory of Captain Bartlett L. Clark, USN (Ret.), grandson of Jeremiah Clark and he spent his life in service to his country and this community
HM NumberHM2DC1
Placed ByClarkston Community Historical Society & Heritage Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 301958 N 4734342
Decimal Degrees42.73605000, -83.41931667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.163', W 83° 25.159'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 9.7799999999998" N, 83° 25' 9.5399999999999" W
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Area Code(s)248, 947
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 E Washington St, Clarkston MI 48346, US
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