Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown (HM20MW)

Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307 Mecosta County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 41.892', W 85° 28.926'

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Big Rapids

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.

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

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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.
HM NumberHM20MW
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 622312 N 4839472
Decimal Degrees43.69820000, -85.48210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 41.892', W 85° 28.926'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 41' 53.52" N, 85° 28' 55.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids MI 49307, US
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