Welcome to Tag Calhoun - Athens
The Village of Athens has a population of approximately 1000 people. The Nottawa Creek flows through Athens.
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Stop #1 on the Athens tour
It was a June day in 1831, when seven settlers from Naples, New York first encountered a vast tract of beautiful land they called the “dry prairie.” As the story goes, they settled under a great oak tree to camp. There, they made their first contact with members of the Potawatomi tribe Native Americans. In 1931, Pioneer Rock was placed under the oak tree where Athens’ first settlers are believed to have camped, to commemorate their historic arrival.
Stop #2 on the Athens tour
Imagine: the year is 1883, and the entire west side of Athens’ Main Street is ablaze. Among the many buildings destroyed in the fire was the Athens’ Masonic Lodge 220. In 1884, the Masons built a second lodge across the street, but it too was destroyed by fire in 1900. Following that fire, the Masons built the temple that still stands today.
John Wilson Park
Stop #3 on the Athens tour
What do black bears, colored lights, and tug-o-war contests have in common? All of them, at one time, made their home in Athens’ John Wilson Park. In the early 1950’s Bill and Wilma Wilson donated the land on which John Wilson Park now sits. In 1955, when the Wilson’s son John died, the new park was named in his honor.