Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Perry B. Darrow 1939 - 1995
Mackinaw City Historical Pathway
— Dedicated to a Gentleman with a Community Spirit... —
Perry Darrow was a special person in our community; wherever he went, he had a smile and willing hands to help anyone.
He was born in Kniffenville, a small settlement of Mackinaw City near Drydock Lake. His parents, Glen (Slim) and Bea Darrow settled here in 1932, and raised nine children, Don, Jim, Bud, Duane, Dick, Nancy, Glenda, Perry and Pat.
During the summer of 1962 Perry met a summer employee and college student, Katie Hoolihan from Lake Orion. They were married January 15, 1964. Two children, a son, Darby, and a daughter, Cindy, who died at an early age, were born to them. Darby and his wife, Mary, have three children, Dylan, Elizabeth and Kaitlin. They brought many joys to Perry, especially when he would hear the words "PaPa Perry."
As owner of Darrow Bros. Excavating, Perry continued the Darrow family legacy in Mackinaw City and played a significant role in the construction and development of our hometown. Perry's life was distinguished by service to his God, country, family, friends and neighbors. Perry died while deer hunting on November 15, 1955 at the age of 56.
On this site, Perry
As a testament to his legacy, his family, friends, community organizations and the Village of Mackinaw City developed this playland where children can find joy in each other and the great outdoors.
This spruce log sculpture of Perry Darrow was crafted by the gifted and caring hands of artisan Jerry Prior, who also carved Ojibway Indian Chief Wawatam and English fur trader Alexander Henry, prominent eighteenth century statesmen living in the straits region. These sculptures stand in Mackinaw City parks named for them. The parks are located on North Huron Avenue. (Marker Number 50.)
Location. 45° 47.061′ N, 84° 43.672′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker is in Old School Park, between East Jamet and East Sinclair Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mackinaw Woman's Club, Inc. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marine & Weather Reporter (about 700 feet away); Anchors and their retrieval / Capstan for pulling up the anchor (about 700 feet away); The Lumbering Era (about 800 Alexander Henry 1739 - 1834 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Henry Park Kiosk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winter at Mackinac (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Mackinaw City (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
Also see . . .
1. 50. Old Schools. Web page with audio tour file. (Submitted on September 25, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. History Carved in Wood. Article about wooden sculptures of people of historical importance to Mackinaw City carved by Jerry Prior. (Submitted on October 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 24, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.