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Central School

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
1. Central School Marker
North side of two sided marker
Inscription. The first Central School was built in 1871. The Grand Haven Tribune hailed the belfry-topped school as the "finest in the state" and "the pride of every citizen of Grand Haven." The newspaper blamed arsonists for burning the school on May 5, 1901, and stated that more than one man would "contribute his services to a lynching bee, if the firebug could be detected." A second school, built on this site in 1902, housed over 600 students in grades kindergarten through twelve. That school burned in 1963. The bell from the school was salvaged, but not usable. The following year the present elementary school opened. In 1965 the local Methodist church donated a bell from its old church so that the school could continue its tradition of ringing a school bell to call students to class.
 
Erected 1989 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1655.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 3.631′ N, 86° 13.521′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is on S. 6th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 South Sixth Street, Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America.
 
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Central School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
2. Central School Marker
south side of two sided marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower (approx. half a mile away); Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915 (approx. half a mile away); Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal (approx. half a mile away); Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986 (approx. half a mile away); Pere Marquette Auto Box Car No 72222 (approx. half a mile away); Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive No. 1223 Class N-1, 2-8-4 Berkshire Type (approx. half a mile away); Grand Trunk Depot (approx. half a mile away); Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
Categories. Education
 
Central School image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
3. Central School
 
 
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