Have you ever wondered about the two-arch stone bridge behind the library or the history of Stange’s Park? Well, a historic sign commemorating these pieces of Merrill history now tells the story.
T.B. Scott Free Library and Merrill Parks and Recreation Department are happy to announce the installation of a historical marker generously donated by Mrs. Donna Van Slate in memory of her son, Scott D. Layman, who truly enjoyed the library, park and the surrounding area.
Situated behind the library, near the historical stone bridge, the sign tells the story of the bridge, river and park through vintage photographs, newspaper articles, maps and other images. The sign is patterned after the series of interpretative historical signs that are installed along the River Bend Trail.
“Mrs. Van Slate wished to provide a lasting memorial to her son. This sign provides that and more! We hope that this is only the beginning,” Library Director Stacy Stevens said. “It is hoped that the historic signs will expand throughout our community to tell the story of Merrill’s fascinating history. Projects such as this are important in improving Merrill residents and visitors access to Merrill’s rich history and will make our area more attractive to pedestrians and bicyclists.”