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Iron River in Iron County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Roadside Park

 
 
First Roadside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
1. First Roadside Park Marker
south side of two-sided marker
Inscription. In 1918 the Iron County Board of Supervisors approved the recommendation of the road commission, through its engineer-manager, Herbert F. Larson, to purchase this 320-acre tract of roadside virgin timber and to dedicate it as a forest preserve. The following year Iron County established Michigan’s first roadside park and picnic tables. This was quite likely America’s first such facility. Since then similar parks have been provided by most states for the comfort and enjoyment of the traveling motorist.
 
Erected 1964 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 213.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 46° 6.402′ N, 88° 32.784′ W. Marker is in Iron River, Michigan, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 2. Touch for map. Marker is located in a U.S. Hwy 2 rest area approximately 4 miles east of Iron River, on the north side of the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Iron River MI 49935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Larson Park (here, next to this marker); Pentoga Park
First Roadside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
2. First Roadside Park Marker
Entrance sign to the rest area.
(approx. 4.9 miles away); Indian Village (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasRoads & Vehicles
 
First Roadside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
3. First Roadside Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Last updated on October 18, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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