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Jesse Merle Bennett

Jesse Merle Bennett

This comfort station was one of the early public rest stops, and it was a prototype for roadside development. When originally constructed in 1937, this station had a full-time attendant, an information booth and concession stand. Wayne County was one of the first county road agencies in the United States to officially promote the "Good Roads Movement," setting procedures for design, construction and maintenance of roadside developments.

Jesse Merle Bennett established twenty-three roadside comfort stations in Wayne County Parks, and many others along state highways.


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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

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Updated: 7-13-2020