Settling the Dust

Settling the Dust (HM1ZE7)

Location: West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 34.074', W 83° 23.59'

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The Countryside Improvement Association

The lakes and landscape of Oakland County weren't ready
for the automobile in the early 1900s. Weekend visitors, in noisy "self-propelled" vehicles, churned up dust on unpaved roads and trespassed on private property. To address these difficulties, women from Pine and Orchard Lakes formed the Countryside Improvement Association in 1911. Their early fundraising paid to settle the dust by spraying oil on roads. Further efforts improved the region's roads and signs, and defined road rules and property rights. Countryside fundraising continues to support charities and scholarships.

Michigan's first state parks
in the tri-county region were created in Oakland County as destinations for visitors. In 1922 the Dodge Brothers Motor Company and Howard and Amy Bloomer worked with the Countryside Improvement Association to purchase county land for public parks. A later report wrote that "weekenders found a pleasant place by the side of the road..."

You Auto Know
During World War I, the Countryside Improvement Association canned fruit and vegetables for American troops overseas.
HM NumberHM1ZE7
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByMotorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 303570 N 4715608
Decimal Degrees42.56790000, -83.39316667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 34.074', W 83° 23.59'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 34' 4.44" N, 83° 23' 35.4" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near W Bloomfield Trail, West Bloomfield Township MI 48323, US
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