Factory On Boardman Lake identified!

To date, January 2018s mystery photo has created the longest debate in the history of our publication! Thank you for being engaged and keeping your editors on their toes!

This image is easily one of your editors’ favorites! Taken about 1910, here is Boardman Lake, taken from the northern end and looking south. In the photograph, we see a number of fun-loving Traverse City residents ice skating, playing hockey, and in general enjoying a perfect frozen lake with no piles of snow to contend with. Solve the mystery of this image: What is that large factory shown on the background on the left? Bonus question: What building now sits where that factory was?

Congratulations to reader Biff Martin, who successfully identified the factory on the far left (with the three tallest stacks) as the Oval Wood Dish Company!

The bonus question raised some debate, but Mark Roberts answered successfully: the Boardman Lake Apartments is the former site of the Oval Wood Dish Factory.

Between the Factory and it’s famous family owner-operators, the Hull family, there’s a real story to be told! Maybe you would be interested in researching and writing that history? Let us know!

Boardman Lake, ca. 1910. Image 718.000001.327, Traverse Area District Library Local History Collection.

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  1. The main Oval Wood Dish Co. factory building was located at the south end of Franklin Street where the wastewater treatment plant and adjacent boat launch are located today. The Boardman Lake (Riverine) Apartments are located on the former site of Napoleon Motors Co., which you may know manufactured cars and trucks in Traverse City from 1917 to 1923.

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