Riley Dam & Trail End Historical

Riley Dam & Trail End Historical (HM1ST5)

Location: Sherwood, MI 49089 Branch County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 2.673', W 85° 12.198'

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Union City Heritage Water Trail

George Ackerman, as a UCHS student, noted this spot on the river as a possible location for a dam. He went on to become a civil engineer. Around 1919, rising coal costs forced the village to turn toward hydro and they sought out Ackerman's Chicago firm. Land acquisition was nearly blocked by local owners, and the village council that pushed the controversial project through was nicknamed "The Dam Council." Constructed for $160,000, it was dedicated in August 1923. One hundred ft. in length, with a head of 10 to 15 ft., it still produces up to 15% of local electricity. The portage dock and ramp were added in 2016.
HM NumberHM1ST5
Year Placed2016
Placed ByUnion City Heritage Water Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 648697 N 4656284
Decimal Degrees42.04455000, -85.20330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 2.673', W 85° 12.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 2' 40.38" N, 85° 12' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)517, 616
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Flower Ln, Sherwood MI 49089, US
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