Petrieville Dam

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No dam exists today, only the remnants that create a little “white water”.

“Settled in 1880. State Legislature gave permission to erect a dam in 1842, but it was not until 1876 the dam was constructed by O.H.P. Springer, also a blacksmith shop, sawmill and axe factory, producing an axe that won first prize at the Detroit State Fair. Matt Jarbo build a grist mill here in 1868. A post office opened in 1898 and closed in 1901. When the bridge washed out in 1902, Springer moved the axe factory to Eaton Rapids. He was succeeded by his son Clarence P. who operated a grocery and general merchandise store. The tornado of 1914 leveled the property.” –

–Squires, p. 111.

Sources:   Squires, Clara, and Jean Kline. Island City: Pictorial History 1835-1980. Eaton Rapids, Michigan: Squires, [1980?]. At CADL: L977.42 Sq4i.

Munn, W. Scott. The Only Eaton Rapids on Earth: the Pioneer History of Eaton Rapids and Hamlin Townships with Reminiscences. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, [1952?]. CADL: L977.42 M92o.

Petrieville Dam Site

Petrieville Dam Site