Scales' Prairie

Registered Site L0191

Scales' Prairie

In 1834 Louis Moran, member of a French family prominent in Detroit since the mid-1700s purchased land here and opened a log tavern and trading post. An Indian settlement called Middle Village was nearby on the trail from Gull Prairie to Grand Rapids. Moran moved to Grand Rapids about 1837 and his interests were taken over by nineteen-year-old Robert Scales of Kentucky. Since then the area has been known as Scales' Prairie although its namesake departed after a ten-year residence.
photo of Scales

Erected 1972

Location: Adams and Norris Roads
Thornapple Township, Barry County

Early Settlers

Latitude: 42.6962913, Longitude: -85.4959273

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