6. Narrow Gauge Railway to the Cement Factory

6. Narrow Gauge Railway to the Cement Factory (HM1SLX)

Location: Union City, MI 49094 Branch County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 4', W 85° 7.711'

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Union City Heritage Water Trail

There was a trestle here for a narrow gauge railway from Turtle Lake, 2 miles to the north, to the cement factory in the SE corner of town for transporting marl. The railway crossed both the St. Joe and Coldwater Rivers. Peerless Portland Cement was the oldest company of its type in Michigan and was
started in 1896 with a capital of $250,000 and reconstructed again in 1902 with $350,000. It had a capacity of 7,200 bags of cement a day. In 1909, Woodward Avenue in Detroit boasted the first mile of concrete paving in the U.S., and the Union City factory was the producer of that
material.
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HM NumberHM1SLX
Marker Number6
Year Placed2016
Placed ByUnion City Heritage Water Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 654832 N 4658872
Decimal Degrees42.06666667, -85.12851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 4', W 85° 7.711'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 4' 0" N, 85° 7' 42.66" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 277 Pine Dr, Union City MI 49094, US
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