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Near Decatur in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Hamilton Grange Hall / Hamilton Fair

 
 
Hamilton Grange Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 4, 2013
1. Hamilton Grange Hall Marker
Inscription.

(Obverse Side)
Hamilton Grange Hall
Local farmers organized Hamilton Grange No. 355 in 1874 and built this hall the following year. Lacking a town center, area residents congregated at the hall, which hosted elections and rallies as well as school programs, church services, funerals, lectures, and parties. By 1897, No. 355 was among the largest granges in the state and hosted annual fairs on land adjacent to the hall. When the grange disbanded in 1977, this building became the Hamilton Township Hall.

(Reverse Side)
Hamilton Fair
The Hamilton Grange hosted the "Great Free Fair" annually from 1878 until around 1913 when the county fair began. Crowds of people came to hear speakers, watch horse races, attend picnics, and view exhibits at the fairgrounds just north of here. Farm families competed by displaying produce, livestock, bread, canned goods, floral arrangements, and needlework. In October 1905 over five thousand spectators from the Hamilton area came to hear Governor Fred Warner address the crowd.
 
Erected 2002 by Michigan Historical Commission and Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2111.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location.
Hamilton Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 4, 2013
2. Hamilton Fair Marker
42° 6.818′ N, 86° 3.029′ W. Marker is near Decatur, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 215 (52nd Street) and 84th Avenue, on the left when traveling north on County Road 215 (52nd Street). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 84040 County Road 215, Decatur MI 49045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Decatur Township Hall (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pickett's Corner (approx. 6.6 miles away); Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Van Buren County Poorhouse (approx. 7.7 miles away); Newton House (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Dowagiac River Watershed / Lunker Structures (approx. 8.4 miles away); Big Tree (approx. 8.4 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Hamilton Grange Hall image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 4, 2013
3. Hamilton Grange Hall
View to south at intersection of Co Rd 215 / 84th Ave
Hamilton Grange Hall image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 4, 2013
4. Hamilton Grange Hall
Marker at Northeast Corner of Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 4, 2013
5. Marker at Northeast Corner of Building
View to the north
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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