Merriam Historic Plaza

Merriam Historic Plaza serves as the gateway to the City of Merriam and is a welcome respite along a heavily-traveled interstate that cuts through the heart of the city. Designed to pay homage to Merriam Park 1880, Merriam Historic Plaza was built in 2006 by BNIM Architects. The 1.6 acre site features a 12-station paved walking path outlining the history of Merriam from pre-settlement to current day. The 2,300 sf building houses the office of the Merriam Visitors Bureau and offers weekday meeting space rentals for events and meetings.

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Features of MHP:
  • Full-service Visitors Bureau (M-F, 8-4:30 pm) Outdoor walking path depicting 12 historic markers
  • Historic Merriam collection - Campbellton to Merriam...150 years
  • Meeting room (rental available)
  • Fountain and sculpture: "Motherhood" by artist Kwan Wu
  • Rain garden

Stop by Merriam Historic Plaza today at 6304 E. Frontage Rd.

MHP Historic Markers

Check out the historic signage summary below or stop by MHP today to learn more as you trek the outdoor path!

Helpful Tips:

  • Start at the west end of the property to start the history lesson from the beginning.
  • Pick up the accompanying brochure (found in the literature rack near the front entrance).

Signage Summary (west to east)

  1.  The People of the Southwind and the Coming of the Shawnee Indians
  2. Shawnee Friends Mission
  3. The Overland Trails
  4. The Founding of Campbellton
  5. Merriam Park & George Kessler
  6. The Trolley Line & Hocker Grove Amusement Park
  7. Education in Merriam
  8. The South Park Community
  9. Incorporation of Merriam
  10. City of Firsts
  11. Community of Excellence
  12. The Bear Pit