Michigan Historical Marker Restored

Michigan Historical Marker Restored

Commemorating the State’s Interurbans

-Bill Nickels

The Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation Board met in September to determine how the committed 2011 Home Tour funds and $500 donated by the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau would be spent to restore the Michigan Historical Markers at Prospect Park and Michigan Avenue at Park.

The marker at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Park commemorating the Interurban lines was removed and shipped for restoration during the week of October 10th. Restoration costs have increased because the State of Michigan no longer pays for the purchase of replacement posts. Revenue from the Home Tour was not enough to make up the difference.

The YHF Board decided that the Michigan Avenue marker would be restored and reinstalled with new posts at a cost of approximately $2,000. In addition, $1,000 would be set aside in a Heritage Foundation account for the future restoration of the Prospect Park marker.

Additional money donated by any interested organization or individual will be added to the account by the Heritage Foundation for the eventual work on the Prospect Park marker