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Grand Haven in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Central Park

 
 
Central Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
1. Central Park Marker
Inscription.  This pleasant block served as Grand Haven's first municipal cemetery. In 1874 a burgeoning population prompted the City Council to open a new cemetery at Lake Forest and to order the removal of all bodies from this site. With the help of the Woman's Club, the City of Grand Haven, and other organizations, the former cemetery became Central Park in 1901. The fountain that once graced Sheldon's Magnetic Mineral Springs Resort became the park's centerpiece in the early 1900s. Considered by many as the city's front yard, the park has been the site for weddings, art fairs, concerts, casual walks, and personal reflection for more than a century.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesCharity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 43° 3.78′ N, 86° 13.614′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue east of North 4th Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near the center of Central Park,
Marker detail: Postcard view of Central Park, about 1913 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Tri-Cities Historical Museum
2. Marker detail: Postcard view of Central Park, about 1913
overlooking the fountain. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ottawa County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Reformed Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Akeley Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
Also see . . .
1. Central Park. The current Central Park was originally the City Cemetery, and was on the eastern boundary of the original village of Grand Haven. As the town grew around the cemetery, it soon changed from being on the edge of town to the center of town. In 1867 the “Washington Street Cemetery” was deeded to the City for $1 as park land, with the understanding that the graves would eventually be moved to the new Ferry Hill location, what is known today as Lake Forest Cemetery. In 1900 the park was sown with grass seed purchased from the City’s general fund, and saplings — what would become the mature
Marker detail: Grand Haven Concert Band image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Tri-Cities Historical Museum
3. Marker detail: Grand Haven Concert Band
The Grand Haven Concert Band, formed in 1868, which performed both indoors and outdoors. Central park has always been a special venue for entertainment.
trees seen today — were planted on Arbor Day in 1901. (Submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Grand Haven Central Park. In 1908, the original small fountain was replaced by the grand fountain that had originally been in the courtyard of “W.C. Sheldon’s Magnetic Mineral Springs”, which was located where the 5/3 Bank is today. This is the current fountain we still enjoy today. (Submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Early Central Park photos image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Tri-Cities Historical Museum
4. Marker detail: Early Central Park photos
left: Colorized postcard view of early Central Park.
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right: Monument in Central Park dedicated to soldiers from Ottawa County who fought and died in WWI.
Central Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
5. Central Park Marker
(looking north • center fountain in background)
Central Park Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
6. Central Park Fountain
The fountain that once graced Sheldon's Magnetic Mineral Springs Resort became the park's centerpiece in the early 1900s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Feb. 27, 2021