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The original settlers of the nineteenth century were typically native-born Americans from New England, New York and Pennsylvania. This set the stage for the people of Muskegon to successfully pass a City income tax for improved police and fire services. On Feb. The first week of Augustthe trustees received several des for a monument and later in the month a contract was awarded for the monument that now stands in the center of Hackley Park.

Five property owners were on Clay Avenue and Fourth on Webster with one man having feet frontage on Fourth at Webster. The Nelson School was also named for him.

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Over the years, Muskegon has attracted a unique mix of residents, which has helped to shape the cultural and intellectual makeup of the community. No one knows for certain when the first Frenchman visited the Muskegon area, but Father Jacques Marquette traveled northward through this area on his fateful trip to St.

If the French established any trading posts in this vicinity, their locations are not known. A few days after Christmas inMr. Charles H. Hackley thought about the lack of a public park in the City of Muskegon and decided to give one. Many area businesses closed their doors permanently. The earliest known resident of the county was Edward Fitzgerald, a fur trader and trapper who visited the Muskegon area in and who died here, reportedly being buried in the vicinity of White Lake.

Our newly renovated sports arena with our own professional Hockey team, is part of the revitalized spirit in our community. Before long, Muskegon was well on its way to becoming a diversified industrial center, having attracted such firms as Shaw-Walker, Brunswick, Campbell, Continental Motors, and the Central Paper Mill to this area.

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The City of Chicago rebuilt itself with our timber after the great fire of During the lumbering era, Muskegon boasted more millionaires than any other town in America. The house was later sold to St. On Christmas Day,Mr. Hackley named three leading citizens as trustees to administer the fund.

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Now, Muskegon has even more to offer. The school had been built in An exception was made in the case of the home owned by J. Landreth in which Mr. Hackley purchased and disposed of the house. The new home was not quite ready for occupancy, so moving the old one was delayed.

Heritage Landing has now become a community showplace. At the time of the organization of the county inthe county was divided into only six townships including Muskegon, Norton, Ravenna, White River, Dalton, and Oceana, with a total population of 3, The commencement of the lumber industry in inaugurated what some regard as the most romantic era in the history of the region. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, the lumbering era was fading away. Nelson was a member of the Muskegon School Board for several years.

Torren had given options. The Hudson Bay Company found riches in the furs from our forests. There was a large residence at Third and Webster that had online dating reviews Muskegon MI built by C. Nelson, a prominent lumberman with a mill at Port Sherman. Tank engines manufactured in Muskegon were used fighting wars and began to give Muskegon a reputation as a foundry town. The City of Muskegon is also improving its downtown area and placing renewed emphasis on our waterfront.

Our beautiful beaches, scenic forests, bountiful fishing, outdoor life and culture are here to be enjoyed. The industrial surge at the turn of the nineteenth century attracted large s of Southern Europeans to the area, while World War II witnessed the arrival of large s of Mexican-Americans, Southern blacks, and Appalachian whites. The typical lumberman of that era was a young man in his twenties or thirties from New England, New York, or Pennsylvania who had enjoyed sufficient success in some occupation to build a small mill and to make a modest investment in Michigan timber lands.

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The initiative emphasizes family self-sufficiency, new business development and job training skills based on strong work ethics. Sometime between anda French-Canadian trader named Joseph La Framboise established a trading post at the mouth of Duck Lake. His options did not include houses, which were to be retained by owners and moved to other locations. This former industrial scrap yard was developed by Muskegon County and has infused the City of Muskegon with a new energy.

Perhaps the best remembered of the Indian inhabitants of this area was Ottawa Indian Chief, Pendalouan. Hackley who gave two notes for part of the price and asked the City to pay the balance finally paid for the former Nelson property.

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It is now Community College. The Muskegon Housing Commission is revitalizing neighborhoods with an award winning, first time homeowner program for new construction. One of the earliest settlers, Henry Pennoyer, was elected as the first township supervisor in As a corporate entity, Muskegon County dates from Prior to that time, the southern three-quarters of the County were part of Ottawa County while the northern quarter belonged to Oceana County. Foundations for the monument to be placed in the new park were completed on May 1,with ground graded and leveled.

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The library was dedicated on Oct. With money advanced by Mr. Hackley, the new Hackley school was built on the site. The Paleo-Indians were succeeded by several stages of woodland Indian development, the most notable of whom were the Hopewellian type cultures that occupied this area perhaps two thousand years ago. The success of these has come from diligent preparation and planning. Voters approved a 43 million dollar capital improvement bond issue to upgrade the buildings that have educated generations. The Hackley Public Library was under construction at that time at Third Street and Webster Avenue and the imposing three-story brick building of Central School stood opposite the planned new square.

Today, Muskegon is a progressive city and has shown we can appreciate our history and its ificance while continuing our forward growth and movement in creating a new identity for ourselves.

For ten days and nights our lakeshore comes alive with our annual Summer Celebration. The Muskegon Public School system is caught up in the same enthusiasm for improvement. The City of Muskegon, with our commitment to meeting community needs through thoughtful planning and vision continues to improve the quality of life for those who live and work here. Settlement of Muskegon began in earnest in when Muskegon Township was organized as a subdivision of Ottawa County.

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Intergovernmental cooperation has enabled Muskegon to host a Community Enterprise Zone. It was hoped that the monument could be dedicated on Memorial Day,but owing to many delays in work and material, the Soldiers Monument was not dedicated until Memorial Day in On August 19,Mr.

Hackley filed a deed to Block 71 with the City Recorder and sent a letter to the Mayor and council requesting that the place be named Hackley Park and that it be forever provided for and maintained for public use. The local economy was severely depressed, the community disorganized, and the population restive and demoralized.

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During historic times, the Muskegon area was inhabited by various bands of the Ottawa and Pottawatomi tribes. In AugustMr. Hackley asked the City to vacate and close Webster between Third and Fourth streets because he desired to install a fountain there to be an addition to the park. Residents protested it would cut off direct connection with the east and west parts of the City and Mr.

Hackley withdrew his request. Fur pelts, pine logs and piston rings have traveled these waters to market.

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Employment is at a 25 year high. The human occupation of the Muskegon area goes back seven or eight thousand years to the nomadic Paleo-Indian hunters who occupied this area following the retreat of the Wisconsonian glaciations.

The City of Muskegon has always been linked to the fresh waters that inspired its growth and have maintained its quality of life. In February, he started obtaining options on lots in the square bounded by Third and Fourth streets and Clay and Webster Avenues. Led by area industrialists, including Newcomb Mc Graft, Charles Hackley, and Thomas Hume, the community organized a program of economic development, which attracted several substantial businesses to the community.

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Factories cut back on production and laid off employees in unprecedented s. Proactive government approaches have led to the formation of strong neighborhood organizations and cooperative initiatives. New jobs and industrial aspirations are finding a place to grow in our industrial parks.

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By November 1,all houses in Block 71 had been moved off except the old Nelson house and the residence of R. McCracken, who was having a new one built near Webster and Fourth street. The Muskegon Museum of Art and Hackley Library, given to the City by Charles Hackley, one of the millionaires of the Lumber era, retain their reputation for excellence.