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Brooks Memorial Fountain in Marshall, Michigan undergoing major restoration
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Brooks Memorial Fountain in Marshall, Michigan undergoing major restoration

The Brooks Memorial Fountain has been in operation for almost 80 years, and although there have been repairs and renovations, there comes a time when major restoration work needs to be completed.  The electrical and mechanical systems are at a point where their projected life spans are at an end.  Availability of parts for such an antiquated system are almost nonexistent, and outdated lighting costs the City thousands of dollars in energy inefficiency.  While portions of the terra cotta have been patched and re-sealed over the years, special attention is now needed to insure the preservation of this unique structure. New technology is available to update many of the existing systems and replace components that can no longer be repaired.  LED lights offer a more cost efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to the current 1000 watt submersible bulbs.  The LED lights will also offer a wider range of color combinations.  The interior and exterior surfaces of the fountain need resurfacing.  New products are available to preserve these surfaces and reduce future maintenance. 

The fountain was a gift from Harold Brooks to the City of Marshall during the Centennial Celebration in 1930, a celebration that drew 40,000 people to Marshall to experience our unique community.  The “gift” to the City soon became iconic to the way of life in Marshall.  As with any gift, there comes a time when it is necessary to care for it with the same sincerity with which it was given.  The fountain was a gift that has become the symbol of the people and the values within the Marshall community.  It is a beacon of hospitality standing proudly in the center of town.  The fountain embraces the community during Independence Day celebrations, invites people to sit and gaze at its spectacular light and water show in the dusky hours of summer evenings, and has stood proudly as the backdrop in countless wedding photos.  It has always been there.  It is hard to imagine life in Marshall without it.


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Posted: November 19, 2008
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