Riverdale in Gratiot County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1926, when George Beck of Ithaca learned that one of the last stands of white pine in Gratiot County was going to be cut, he called on local lumberjacks and rivermen to buy the threatened forty-acre tract and preserve it as a memorial. The woodsmen organized the Lumberjack and Riverdrivers Association and in 1927 purchased the land for $3,000. They elected Otis Terpening as their first president that year. By 1945 the mortgage had been fully paid through membership fees, donations and fundraising dinners.
The Lumberjack and Riverdrivers Association minutes of October 18, 1934, explained: "we shanty boys are growing old and our ranks keep getting thinner year by year, but when our day is ended we know our children's children still can gather on this spot where the shanty boys have built their final camp." The bunkhouse and cook shanty were completed in 1930, the pavilion by 1931, and the caretaker's house in 1947. The park also features a band shell, a playground area and a nature trail.
Erected 1982 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L545.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is along the main road through Lumberjack Park. Lumberjack Park is about 1.3 miles north of state highway 46. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9160 North Lumberjack Road, Riverdale MI 48877, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Folsom Hall (approx. 8.9 miles away); Site of Old Main (approx. 8.9 miles away); Alma College (approx. 8.9 miles away); Michigan Masonic Home (approx. 8.9 miles away); Central Michigan University (approx. 11.1 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 12.4 miles away); Sacred Heart Academy (approx. 12.7 miles away); Isabella County Seat / The Founding of Mount Pleasant (approx. 12.8 miles away).
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