Prospect Park Historical

Prospect Park Historical (HM1WRG)

Location: Ypsilanti, MI 48198 Washtenaw County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 14.771', W 83° 36.153'

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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.
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Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1985
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 285288 N 4680389
Decimal Degrees42.24618333, -83.60255000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 14.771', W 83° 36.153'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 14' 46.26" N, 83° 36' 9.18" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-523 E Cross St, Ypsilanti MI 48198, US
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