Union City Heritage Water TrailGeorge 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.
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|Placed By||Union City Heritage Water Trail|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 648697 N 4656284|
|Decimal Degrees||42.04455000, -85.20330000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 2.673', W 85° 12.198'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 2' 40.38" N, 85° 12' 11.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||517, 616|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Flower Ln, Sherwood MI 49089, US|
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