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Plainwell in Allegan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Soule Memorial Fountain

Plainwell History

 
 
Soule Memorial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
1. Soule Memorial Fountain Marker
Inscription. The Soule Memorial Fountain was built in 1907, donated by Mrs. Carrie Soule in memory of her late husband, George Gary Soule.

The fountain was destroyed in 1953 when a truck driver from the Grand Rapids Hide Company was on his way to the Murray Packing Co. (currently JBS Packerland in Gun Plain Township). The gentleman suffered a seizure at the main intersection of Plainwell, rear-ended a parked police cruiser pushing it into the fountain, destroying the fountain.

It was not until 1970 when the Jaycees spearheaded a fund raising program to replace the fountain which is here today. This fountain was built much closer to Hicks Park creating less of a traffic hazard. Because materials from the original fountain were hard to duplicate, a much simpler version was built. One unique feature of the new fountain is the fact that one of the original stones was located and reused, thus linking the past with the present.
 
Location. 42° 26.573′ N, 85° 38.54′ W. Marker is in Plainwell, Michigan, in Allegan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of W. Allegan Street (State Highway 89) and W. Bridge Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the west corner of the five-point intersection created
1970 Soule Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
2. 1970 Soule Memorial Fountain
View to east towards downtown
by W. Allegan Street, Bridge Street, and Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Plainwell MI 49080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early History of Plainwell (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Otsego Methodist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Welcome to the City of Otsego (approx. 3.1 miles away); Otsego Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Welcome to Pine Creek (approx. 4.7 miles away); Cooper Congregational Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); DeLano Homestead (approx. 6 miles away); The Kalamazoo Region (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Soule Memorial Fountain in 1953. A 1953 photograph of the Soule Memorial Fountain from the State of Michigan Archives. (Submitted on June 22, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
1970 Soule Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
3. 1970 Soule Memorial Fountain
View to west with Hicks Park in background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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