J.P. Palmer Launch and & Railroad Trestle Historical

J.P. Palmer Launch and & Railroad Trestle Historical (HM1SZT)

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

N 42° 3.7', W 85° 7.651'

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Union City Heritage Water Trail

Thanks to late 1800s area artist J.P. Palmer, many local river scenes were preserved in watercolor and oil. Moving here at age 10 from New York, he went on to study at Albion College and the Chicago Art Institute. His paintings were in great demand with some going to Europe and galleries from Chicago to Alaska. Returning to Union City in 1888, he spent his summers in a tent on the banks of the St. Joe painting the landscape around him. While his paintings won him distinction in galleries with other great artists, he preferred the simple life in Union City. A violinist of note, he hand-built more than 20 violins. He died on December 4, 1945 at age 89. This launch was named in his honor in 2016. The train trestle still standing over the Coldwater River was built in the late 1800s as part of the Michigan Air-line Railway Company. During its peak around 1920, there were 4 passenger trains and 12-16 freight trains passing over these tracks daily. The line was abandoned in the mid 1970s.
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Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2016
Placed ByUnion City Heritage Water Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 654927 N 4658319
Decimal Degrees42.06166667, -85.12751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 3.7', W 85° 7.651'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 3' 42" N, 85° 7' 39.06" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 339 Crane St, Union City MI 49094, US
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