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Big Rapids in Mecosta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Downtown

Big Rapids

 
 
Historic Downtown Big Rapids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
1. Historic Downtown Big Rapids Marker
Inscription. The Fairman and Newton Block replaced the Mason House after an act of arson burned down the wooden frame hotel in 1879. Ferdinand Fairman located his banking business in the basement of his brick building, while the upper stories were reserved for a 61 room hotel. Stillwell's Bazaar opened in this location in 1899 specializing in stationery and five-and-ten cent departments.

Middle Image Caption
This was one of many postcards of Big Rapids sold at Stillwell's Bazaar.

Lower Image Caption
The historic drinking fountain, installed in 1889, is visible in this photo on the north side of the Fairman Building. It is still in use today during the summer months.
 
Location. 43° 41.892′ N, 85° 28.926′ W. Marker is in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County. Marker is at the intersection of South Michigan Avenue and Maple Street (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling south on South Michigan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 South Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids MI 49307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairman Building (here, next to this marker); Ferris State College (within shouting distance of this marker);
Historic Downtown Big Rapids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
2. Historic Downtown Big Rapids Marker
a different marker also named Historic Downtown (within shouting distance of this marker); Nisbett Block (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Rapids.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
1889 Drinking Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 5, 2017
3. 1889 Drinking Fountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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