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RIVERSIDE CEMETERY FENCE

Morning Star, February 13, 2011, pg. 9

That blinking light at the corner of Eaton and Erie Sts. is about to blink its last blink. For the historical record, it was placed into service on Thursday, May 6, 1993 as part of the M-99 detour during the Superior St. brick reconstruction project. It was a full timed stop and go light. After the project was over, it was graciously given to the City by MDOT. A few years afterwards the timer broke and the light has only been a blinking light. In recent cold months it has either blinked real fast, or real slow, or not at all. Stop signs with red reflective poles have now been installed on S. Eaton St., and the blinking light will be removed as time permits.

With much of our attention being focused on the upcoming demolition of the 1938 bridge over the Kalamazoo River on M-99 by Riverside Cemetery, you might like to know that my articles about this bridge are republished on the www.albionmich.com website. Just type in "Riverside Cemetery bridge" in the search engine and you’ll access those articles.

It will be interesting to see how people access the cemetery this year while the bridge is out. Be sure and use the official route that MDOT is endorsing. It will really take you places. Oh, bring your own water, too. The City waterline to the Cemetery will be cut while the bridge is being reconstructed and the spigots in the cemetery will be turned off. Fortunately however the Cemetery office has its own water well and facilities to keep the staff there comfortable during the hot summer months.

There used to be a white wooden fence which lined Riverside Cemetery along what is today M-99. In addition, there was an old-fashioned archway gate at the entrance which was closed each night. It was used to keep live people from coming in after hours. This fence was apparently removed shortly after World War I. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of that fence. Notice the large letters "RIVERSIDE" on the side of the hill. They are still there today.


The white wooden fence which once lined Riverside Cemetery

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