Plymouth has 140 years of success to celebrate

A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the city of Plymouth. Actually, the big day was two days ago, Monday, April 3, but it’s never too late for congratulations and best wishes.

It was on April 3, 1877, that Plymouth was officially incorporated as a city.

The City Council marked the anniversary at their meeting last week with a proclamation encouraging “all civic organizations and its citizens to recognize the city’s anniversary throughout the year with celebrations and dedications.”

Rightly so, for there is plenty to celebrate about what the city has become after 14 decades and a great future for all of us to dedicate ourselves to making come true.

From just around 1,000 citizens when it became a city, Plymouth has grown to nearly 8,500 in population.

From a farming community with an economy based on diverse cottage industries producing everything from cigars to wagon wheels, Plymouth has grown to become the “Cheese Capital of the World.”

That cheese heritage is evident everywhere in the city, from the historic or brand-new state-of-the-art cheese making, packaging and storage facilities to artistic murals downtown that celebrate the city’s history with cheese.

That heritage will be celebrated even more later this year when the Plymouth Cheese Counter/Dairy Heritage Center opens up at 133 E. Mill St.

That’s just one of a number of new features and additions to downtown Plymouth that will add to the luster of the 140-yearold city this year.

The historic reconstruction of the Huson Water Tower on

Collins Street is nearly complete and will be dedicated this summer.

The re-imagining of the Mullet River waterfront in downtown Plymouth is continuing apace. The new riverfront area, when it is complete, will create a new focal point and drawing card for downtown Plymouth, taking advantage of and complimenting the Mullet River as it flows through the heart of the city.

The water tower and riverfront development draw attention to the Mullet River, which was the heart of the city when it was first incorporated and continues to be at the heart of the city in many ways today.

The cheese counter/heritage center will celebrate the industry that sparked tremendous growth and development in Plymouth over the years, and continues to be the economic lifeblood of the city now and into the future.

Add to that the institutions and groups that have been part of the city since its beginnings or have grown up over the years – an excellent public school system, churches and communities of faith, service clubs and organizations, volunteers in service to neighbors and friends, groups promoting our culture and history, a strong and responsive municipal government, and more – and you have a formula for the successful growth of a vibrant city.

All of those, Mayor Donald Pohlman noted in the proclamation affirmed by the City Council, have made Plymouth a “Great Place to Raise a Family.”

It has also been a great place to grow a business or to visit for fun and relaxation. It should continue to be that, and more, for another 140 years and beyond.

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