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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Prospect Park

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, February 2, 2017
1. Prospect Park Marker
Inscription. In 1842 this site became Ypsilanti's second cemetery, and at one time approximately 250 people were buried here. However, when Highland Cemetery opened in 1864, the use of this site began to decline. Inspired by a nationwide parks movement, in 1891 a group of local women began working to convert the by-then-neglected cemetery into the city's first park. Funds were raised, the remaining bodies were moved, the grounds were graded, trees were planted and walks were installed. Luna Lake, with its rustic fountain, was built. Completed in 1893, Prospect Park soon became noted for its floral carpet beds and its bandstand and dance pavilion. In 1902 a coastal defense canon was purchased from Fort McCleary, Maine, and erected here. The park became an object of renewed community pride after a major 1982-84 rejuvenation project.
 
Erected 1985 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1137.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.771′ N, 83° 36.153′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of East Cross Street and NOrth Prospect Road, on the left when traveling
Prospect Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, February 2, 2017
2. Prospect Park and Marker
east on East Cross Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hudsons & Friends (approx. mile away); Ypsilanti (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Barracks / Ypsilanti in the Civil War (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Thompson Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ypsilanti Woolen Mill Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Days in Depot Town (approx. 0.4 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad Gardens (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
Also see . . .  Cannon in Prospect Park. Information from the Ypsilanti Historical Society about the cannon in Prospect Park. (Submitted on February 2, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesMan-Made Features
 
Prospect Park Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, February 2, 2017
3. Prospect Park Cannon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 342 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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