Big Rapids in Mecosta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
"This play house is said to have cost forty thousand dollars. Is a peach. Scenery raised above stage instead of sliding back," wrote Fred Roof of Big Rapids on the back of a postcard mailed on October 15, 1908 to his girl friend and future wife, Frannie Fairbanks, in Elk Rapids.
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The Colonial Theater was built on this site in 1884 and torn down in 1937.
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This is a view of the interior of the Colonial Theater looking towards the stage.
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This picture was taken in 1909, looking north on Michigan Ave., from about this location. Note the wooden boardwalks and unpaved streets. The Opera House, built in 1873, was located on the southeast corner of Elm St. and Michigan Ave. and once housed the County offices, the Circuit Court, an armory by the National Guard, and a grocery store on the lower level. The building was razed in 1957.
Location. 43° 41.788′ N, 85° 28.908′ W. Marker is in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County. Marker is on South Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is about halfway between Elm Street and Linden Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 South Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids MI 49307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Historic Downtown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (about 600 feet away); Nisbett Block (about 600 feet away); Fairman Building (about 700 feet away); Old Mecosta County Jail (about 700 feet away); Ferris State College (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Rapids.
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.