Union City in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Union City Heritage Water Trail
Organized in 1923, The Women’s Tuesday Club was committed to “the promotion of literary, scientific, social and civic pursuits . . .” In 1957, under the leadership of Lillian Schwendener, they began realizing a dream of a family-type park. Using $900 accumulated for a community betterment project. they purchased 2.5 acres of weed and mosquito-infested lowland along the river and beside the site of the former Randall Mill. With tons of fill and thousands of hours of donated labor, this park took shape. A park board was established and land owned by the township and village was also added to this cooperative project. The park was dedicated on May 30, 1958. In 1960, a scrapbook history of the club’s work on this project won a $300 Sears and Roebuck award for civic improvement. While the Women’s Tuesday Club no longer exists, the Green Thumb Garden Club helps maintain this lovely park. Paddlers are invited to pull out here for a break.
Erected 2016 by Union City Heritage Water Trail. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work Entertainment • Environment • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Michigan - Union City Heritage Water Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 30, 1958.
Location. 42° 3.922′ N, 85° 8.104′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker can be reached from St. Joseph Street. This marker is along the river in Union City's Riverview Park. It is on the south side of the St. Joe River and can be seen from the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union City MI 49094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flood of 1908 & Broadway Bridge "Island" (a few steps from this marker); Titlow House & Parachute Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Chivas & Jack's Grocery (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverside Hotel, Duo Coach & UCI (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caille Richards Company (about 300 feet away); The Broadway Bridge (about 300 feet away); Union City Milling and Mill Race Outlet (about 400 feet away); First Fire Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
More about this marker. There are 28 of these markers comprising the Union City Heritage Water Trail on the Coldwater River and the St. Joseph River launched in 2016 for the village's Sesquicentennial. These markers can be viewed by paddling the 5 mile stretch of river from the JP Palmer Launch in the Village of Union City to the Riley Dam on the SW Corner of Union Lake. Most of these markers CANNOT by accessed by foot as they are on private property along the river. Please do not trespass. More details can be found at www.uchwt.com
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 12, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. View of Marker in context • Can you help?