Ypsi Project : Looking Out Of the Barrel of the Prospect Cannon (via  ericarhiannon ) 
 This is the cannon that sits in Prospect Park on Prospect in Ypsi. Mark Maynard wrote a post about the Ypsi Project on his  blog  and lots of people made great suggestions as to what they would like to see photographed. This was one of them.  I poked around a little bit to see if I could find out why the cannon is there. I’m just going to quote a paragraph that I found in an online book,   Traveling Through Time .  “In 1842 this site became Ypsilanti’s second cemetary, and at one time approximately 250 people were buried there. However, when Highland Cemetary opened in 1864, the use of this site began to decline. Inspired by a nationwide parks movement, in 1891 a group of women began working to convert the by-then-neglected cemetery into the cities first park. Funds were raised, the remaining bodies moved, the grounds were graded, tress were planted and walks were installed. Luna Lake, with it’s rustic fountain, was built. Completed in 1893, Prospect Park became known for it’s floral carpet beds and it’s bandstand and dance pavilion. In 1902 a coastal defense cannon was purchased from Fort McCleary, Maine, and erected here. The park became an object of renewed community pride after a 1982-84 rejuvenation project. ”

Ypsi Project : Looking Out Of the Barrel of the Prospect Cannon (via ericarhiannon)

This is the cannon that sits in Prospect Park on Prospect in Ypsi. Mark Maynard wrote a post about the Ypsi Project on his blog and lots of people made great suggestions as to what they would like to see photographed. This was one of them. I poked around a little bit to see if I could find out why the cannon is there. I’m just going to quote a paragraph that I found in an online book, Traveling Through Time. “In 1842 this site became Ypsilanti’s second cemetary, and at one time approximately 250 people were buried there. However, when Highland Cemetary opened in 1864, the use of this site began to decline. Inspired by a nationwide parks movement, in 1891 a group of women began working to convert the by-then-neglected cemetery into the cities first park. Funds were raised, the remaining bodies moved, the grounds were graded, tress were planted and walks were installed. Luna Lake, with it’s rustic fountain, was built. Completed in 1893, Prospect Park became known for it’s floral carpet beds and it’s bandstand and dance pavilion. In 1902 a coastal defense cannon was purchased from Fort McCleary, Maine, and erected here. The park became an object of renewed community pride after a 1982-84 rejuvenation project. ”

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