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The old M-20 bronze pieces were installed to commemorate Broadway Street's former designation as M-20. Two bronze M-20 highway signs, one in front of the chamber of commerce and one at the northwest corner of Broadway and Court Streets.
The bronze elementary school grammar book statue represents the first school in Mount Pleasant in 1864, which was located in a log building near the intersection of Main and Broadway Streets.
Surveying is a requirement in the planning and execution of nearly every form of construction, and this statue of survey transit equipment represents what would have been used when Mount Pleasant was first surveyed and mapped when it was founded in 1854.
The bronze bear statue outside Nelson Park represents the bears that once lived in Mount Pleasant, as well as a memorial for the zoo that once called Mount Pleasant home.
Civil Defense Arm Band
During World War II, the Civil Defense warden would stand atop this building, which was three stories at the time, to observe 'blackouts' and watch for enemy planes coming to bomb the oil refineries in Mount Pleasant. The bronze arm band is a representation of the Civil Defense warden's arm band draped over a flag holder.
Abstract of Title
This bronze piece replicates the abstract for the city of Mount Pleasant. The Isabella Abstract office was originally located on the second floor of this building.
This bronze statute was designed to show the handbill advertisement for the movie 'The Miracle Man,' one of the first silent films shown at the Broadway Theatre.
Popcorn Box, Coca Cola Bottle and Movie Tickets
A bronze popcorn box, two 1939 movie tickets and a bottle of spilled Coca-Cola are placed outside the Broadway Theatre, just as someone may have set them down and later forgot to reclaim them.
This Money Bag statue is placed where the original door led into Isabella Bank and Trust, the oldest chartered bank in Mount Pleasant. The coins in the top of the bag are dated from 1903 or earlier, when the bank was first founded.
Residents and tourists alike have enjoyed Mount Pleasant for its unique food, retail and leisure activities since it was founded in 1889.
While those who have lived in the city for decades know Mount Pleasant’s history well, visitors and other passersby have few avenues to quickly learn about the home of Central Michigan University.
Yet through a collection of bronze statues peppered around the city, students and other patrons of the area can get a glimpse of Mount Pleasant’s past.
Photos by Gokul Kumar, CM Life staff photographer.