Central School

Central School (HM1OBG)

Location: Grand Haven, MI 49417 Ottawa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 3.631', W 86° 13.521'

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The first Central School was built 1871. The Grand Haven Tribune hailed the belfry-topped school as the "finest in the state" and "the pride of every citizen of Grand Haven." The newspaper blamed arsonists for burning the school on May 5, 1901, and stated that more than one man would "contribute his services to a lynching bee, if the firebug could be detected." A second school, built on this site in 1902, housed over 600 students in grades kindergarten through twelve. That school burned in 1963. The bell from the school was salvaged, but not usable. The following year the present elementary school opened. In 1965 the local Methodist church donated a bell from its old church so that the school could continue its tradition of ringing a school bell to call students to class.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL1655
Year Placed1989
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 563078 N 4767826
Decimal Degrees43.06051667, -86.22535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 3.631', W 86° 13.521'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 3' 37.86" N, 86° 13' 31.26" W
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Area Code(s)616
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106 S 6th St, Grand Haven MI 49417, US
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