Since the early 1900’s, the visage of Pierre Buckley, the former director of the Pontiac Motor Car Co., has witnessed the changes to the downtown area from the corner of Walnut and Wesson. First, it was the site of the city’s Water Works operation; later the Hayes Jones Community Center; then, not much at all.
In a continued celebration of the city’s sesquicentennial, Pontiac’s leaders moved the fountain to a more prominent resting place in the downtown district, where Saginaw Street meets Oakland Blvd.
Located in front of the Lafayette Grande, which has become a popular destination for weddings and photo opportunities, the fountain is surrounded by benches and landscaping, courtesy of the Pontiac Garden Club.
Calendine said Buckley was such an important person in the city at that time that downtown was closed when he died at the age of 54. He was born in 1854 and died in 1908. A member of the Elks, Eagles and Knights of Equity, he was buried in Mount Hope cemetery.
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