Mill Point Park's name?

Delores of Fruitport asked, "Where does Mill Point Park get its name? I enjoyed the Spring Lake Heritage Festival events there recently, but got to wondering about the park's name."
Mark Brooky
Jun 24, 2013

 

ANSWER:

The original name of the Village of Spring Lake was the Village of Mill Point.

The Village of Mill Point was platted in 1849, according to local historian Dr. Dave Seibold in his book, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny." It was renamed Spring Lake in 1867, eight years after the name of the adjacent body of water was switched from "Big Bayou" to Spring Lake.

Yes, the area was filled with lumber mills in the 1800s, and Mill Point was no exception. The first one dates back to 1837. The name of the park at the south end of School Street honors that mid-19th century heritage.

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