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Rugg Pond Dam
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member The D Zone
N 44° 46.930 W 085° 12.023
16T E 642373 N 4960327
Quick Description: The Pond is accessible off Valley Road in Kalkaska. There should be available parking on mostly any hour.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 8:25:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMF022
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Scook
Views: 8

Long Description:
Side 1:

In 1904, Ambrose E. Palmer founded the Kalkaska Light and Power Company and built a dam and power plant at Rugg Pond where the two branches of the Rapid River meet. Palmer reportedly commissioned farmers to bring wagonloads of stone to the pond to construct the foundation of the dam. This plant supplied electricity to the village of Kalkaska and surrounding areas. The pond was named for R. F. Rugg, a prominent local businessman. According to legend, Ernest Hemingway spent a night fishing from the Rugg Pond Dam powerhouse.


Side 2:

In 1950, Consumers Power Company purchased the former Kalkaska Light and Power Company hydroelectric plant, located at Rugg Pond Dam. Consumers Power sold the dam to Kalkaska County for one dollar in 1953. In 1980 the Army Corp. of Engineers condemned the dam. Two years later concerned citizens formed Save Rugg Pond Natural Area to restore the dam and preserve the area. Local contributions, grants and moneys from the Kammer Land & Trust Fund have been used to maintain this scenic area.
Description:
Side 1: In 1904, Ambrose E. Palmer founded the Kalkaska Light and Power Company and built a dam and power plant at Rugg Pond where the two branches of the Rapid River meet. Palmer reportedly commissioned farmers to bring wagonloads of stone to the pond to construct the foundation of the dam. This plant supplied electricity to the village of Kalkaska and surrounding areas. The pond was named for R. F. Rugg, a prominent local businessman. According to legend, Ernest Hemingway spent a night fishing from the Rugg Pond Dam powerhouse. Side 2: In 1950, Consumers Power Company purchased the former Kalkaska Light and Power Company hydroelectric plant, located at Rugg Pond Dam. Consumers Power sold the dam to Kalkaska County for one dollar in 1953. In 1980 the Army Corp. of Engineers condemned the dam. Two years later concerned citizens formed Save Rugg Pond Natural Area to restore the dam and preserve the area. Local contributions, grants and moneys from the Kammer Land & Trust Fund have been used to maintain this scenic area.


Parking nearby?: yes

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Registered Site #: L1158

Historical Date: Not listed

Historical Name: Not listed

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