It’s hard to imagine how this crumbling structure had an important role in the construction of Michigan’s capitol building. This odd-looking stone building sits along Sand Road in a small county park just outside of the town of Bellevue. A small fence surrounds it protecting it from visitors or maybe protecting visitors from it. The Dyer Kiln was used for burning limestone in the preparation of cement in the late 19th century. A small wooden sign nearby declares the kiln was built by Thomas Roberts in 1880 and the Limestone ash it created was used in the mortar to build the state capital in Lansing. The property surrounding the old kiln was turned into a small park in 1975, allowing visitors to see this long-abandoned kiln.
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