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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Henry Ford's Mill to Weller's Banquets in Saline

Saline and its river, just south of Ann Arbor, were named after the bubbling salt springs in the area. The village was founded in 1832, establishing a flour mill.  Henry Ford came along in the 1930's and bought the abandoned mill and renovated it, adding water-driven generators.  He then convinced area farmers to start growing soybean crops. Processing them at the mill into oil, Henry used it for plastic car parts and paint. Pretty ingenious, don't you think?  Today, this mill has again been renovated and is used as Weller's Banquets offering an ideal setting for weddings and other special celebrations at this National Historic Landmark.

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