Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant Historical

Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant Historical (HM1U55)

Location: Charlevoix, MI 49720 Charlevoix County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 21.766', W 85° 10.524'

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(Side A)
Big Rock Point
Big Rock Point is named for a large boulder used as a landmark by Native Americans. At least as early as the mid-nineteenth century Odawa (Ottawa) Indians used Big Rock, which they called Kitcheossening, as a gathering place each spring. The Odawa summered at Waganaksing (the area between Harbor Springs and Cross Village), but dispersed into smaller groups and traveled during the winter. Each spring they returned to Big Rock, their canoes loaded with sugar, furs, deer skins, prepared venison, bear's oil, and bear meat prepared in oil, deer tallow, and sometimes a lot of honey. From there they returned to Waganaksing by crossing the bay in wiigwaas jiimaan (birch bark canoes). In 1999 elders and youth from the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians recreated the crossing.
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Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant
Consumers Power Company (later Consumers Energy) opened the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant just west of here in 1962. It was the world's first high-power density boiling water reactor, and the fifth commercial nuclear power plant in the U.S. The plant began as a research and development facility, with the first goal being to prove that nuclear power was economical. In addition to generating electricity, the reactor produced cobalt
60 that was used to treat an estimated 400,000 cancer patients. In 1991 the American Nuclear Society named the plant a Nuclear Historic Landmark. When it closed in 1997, Big Rock was the longest running nuclear plant in the nation. Consumers Energy later restored the site to a natural area.
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HM NumberHM1U55
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed2007
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 642895 N 5024869
Decimal Degrees45.36276667, -85.17540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 21.766', W 85° 10.524'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 21' 45.96" N, 85° 10' 31.44" W
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Area Code(s)231
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9521-9601 US-31, Charlevoix MI 49720, US
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