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Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Willis M. Farr

 
 
Willis M. Farr Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
1. Willis M. Farr Marker
Inscription. Farr Park is named for Michigan native and Civil War veteran Willis M. Farr, born August 1, 1844, who was an industrialist and a Dowagiac city alderman in the 1880's. Mr. Farr was a partner in Dowagiac Manufacturing Co., a maker of grain drills. Later, he was a partner and then sole owner of Stark Sand Band Co.

The property at Division and Main streets was given to the City of Dowagiac by Mr. Farr. He also spearheaded the drive to erect the Cass County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, located on Main Street. As a tribute to Mr. Farr, City Council on September 2, 1919, renamed the former Fountain Park to Farr Park in his honor.
 
Location. 41° 59.017′ N, 86° 6.851′ W. Marker is in Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker can be reached from Michigan Route 62 east of Parsonage Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the west end of Farr Park. Marker is in this post office area: Dowagiac MI 49047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dowagiac World War II - Korean Conflict - Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 19th Michigan Infantry Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church
Willis M. Farr Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
2. Willis M. Farr Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dowagiac Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dowagiac World War I Memorial (approx. mile away); Indian Lake Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dowagiac.
 
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Farr Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
3. Farr Park
View to east from marker location
Marker at bottom right
Farr Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
4. Farr Park Sign
Located at west end of park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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