Saginaw in Saginaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Jeffers Memorial Fountain and Park was dedicated on May 30, 1906, and named for real estate developer and early Saginaw settler Michael Jeffers (1831-1904). His heirs donated the land, then a block of storefronts, to the city for a park and water fountain in his memory. Designed by Roy Merriam, the fountain was built of Barre granite from Vermont by the local firm of Anson Hobson. The sculptures were cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company of New York City.
When Jeffers Park opened, the surrounding area was densely built, and Saginaw's water was taken mostly from the river. A "breathing spot in the hot days of summer," the park also provided residents of Saginaw access to clean water sourced from a deep well and chilled by two tons of stored ice. Communal tin drinking cups were replaced by a bubbler in 1915. The park served as a place for public events and civic activity. Restoration of the park was completed in 2012.
Erected 2012 by Michigan Historical Commission Michigan History Center. (Marker Number L2244.)
Topics and series.Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 30, 1906.
Location. 43° 25.888′ N, 83° 56.076′ W. Marker is in Saginaw, Michigan, in Saginaw County. Marker is at the intersection of East Genessee Avenue and South Warren Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Genessee Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 East Genessee Avenue, Saginaw MI 48607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saginaw Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Saginaw (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hoyt Library (about 500 feet away); First Congregational Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saginaw Club (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Mary's Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Bliss Park (approx. one mile away); Bliss Park Soldiers Fountain Figure (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saginaw.
Also see . . . A Small Park with a Story: Jeffers Park(Submitted on August 29, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.