Bath, Michigan: Site of Worst School Massacre

The school was blown up by a crazed farmer in 1927. Its cupola remains as a memorial.

Bath School Memorial Park

Main St., Bath, MI
Bath School Memorial Park. Downtown, on the east side of Main St. just south of High St.
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Bath School Memorial.

Site of Worst School Massacre

The park where the memorials are located is just a few miles north of I-69 exits. When we were there we met a lady and her family (daughter and granddaughters) on a field trip. The lady's aunt was in the school the day of the blast; the lady's father was 10 years old and had stayed home from school that day to work in the fields. He had to search for his sister in the rubble, and remembered she had worn red socks. He found her! She stayed in the hospital for months following the blast, and had several plates placed in her head.

[Debra, 08/07/2020]


Site of Worst School Massacre

Interesting local history remembered.

[Joannah Soderborg, 06/02/2016]

The 1927 New York Times headline was "Maniac Blows Up School... Protested High Taxes," according the historical marker at the site.

Site of Worst School Massacre

Not to disparage the victims of the recent Virginia Tech massacre, but the true worst school massacre in US history happened on May 18, 1927. A farmer and school board member used explosives to destroy his farm buildings, and the consolidated school, in Bath, Michigan. Bath is just northeast of Lansing.

The explosions killed a total of 45 people, most of them children. A plaque and the original cupola from the school are located in a park in Bath.

[Don Fraysier, 04/29/2007]

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