Memphis, Michigan: Marker: The Thing

A historical marker pays tribute to The Thing, "the first recorded self-propelled vehicle in Michigan (and perhaps the country)." It was built in this tiny Michigan town.
Bordman Rd, Memphis, MI
East edge of town, on the south side of Bordman Rd, just east of its intersection with Cedar St. The marker has its own tiny pull-out, big enough for one car.
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Historical Marker for The Thing

"The Thing" was a self-propelled vehicle, powered by a steam engine, built in 1884-1885 by Thomas and John Clegg in their Memphis machine shop. The historical marker states that The Thing was "the first recorded self-propelled vehicle in Michigan (and perhaps the country)" and that "It ran about 500 miles before Clegg dismantled it and sold the engine to a creamery."

[Paul, 08/24/2016]

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