Jackson, Michigan: The Jackson Cascades
- 1992 Warren Ave., Jackson, MI
- Sparks County Park. I-94 exit 138. South on West Ave. one mile. Right on Michigan Ave. one-half mile. Left on Brown St. Brown takes you in front of the Cascades, on the right, in Sparks County Park.
- Nightly from dusk to 11 pm in summer. (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
Lights! Water! Elvis! Splashy evening fun spot at 500 feet long, 64 feet high, 60 feet wide. It has six fountains, 16 falls, and 230 colored lights. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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Jackson Cascades -- still there and still beautiful. Best color watching is after sunset.[Paula, 08/08/2011]
Sam Butcher, founder of Precious Moments, grew up in Jackson, Michigan. I find it less than coincidental that Butcher, who must certainly have known the Cascades, would be driven to create the monumentally awful (in a garish and patriotic/preachy sort of way -- if you've seen the show, you know what I mean) Fountain of Angels at his Inspiration Park. I'd be curious to know for certain if the Cascades were his inspiration for this Loving, Caring, Sharing monstrosity. Does anybody know?[Dawn, 01/24/2006]
I was on a family vacation a few years ago when we had to stop in the town of Jackson. We're in the gas station and the attendant is asking us if we are from around here.... Then she tells us we have to see The Cascades while we're in town. All of a sudden, people are telling us that we just HAVE to visit this place.
So we went. We got there and hour and a half early because the townspeople had been making such a big deal of this place, we figured it would be crowded. Wrong. But we amused ourselves with the "Museum" - a hole in the wall, if you know what I mean.
So finally, 90 minutes later, we take our seats and what do we see? Well, the big waterfall that's been running the whole time and then! The lights turn on! Colors swirl around in the water! It was almost as good as watching corn grow. You must check this one out![Heather, 03/17/2003]
There is a parkwhich has huge, stepped waterfalls called The Cascades. There is a coordinated light and music show each night, which uses colored lights syncopated with the music to highlight the waters as they "cascade" down the numerous steps of the waterfalls. The cascades have been there for at least 40 years (I have been going there since I was at least 10) and probably longer. I don't have the exact date they were built but they are one of the major attractions in Jackson Michigan.[Stuff4me, 08/18/2000]
These are the "Largest Manmade Illuminated Waterfalls in North America." Sixteen waterfalls; "a spectacular array of computerized colors and music. The older synchronized water fountain shows include Waltzing Waters in Fort Myers, FL (open again); and the Waltzing Waters show in Branson, where the Amazing Frederick plays two pianos at once. There is also a report of a "Living Waters Auditorium" in Strasburg, PA. And Precious Moments, Carthage, Missouri, is merrily gushing over its giant indoor Fountain of Angels show...
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