Palmer Frankenmuth Gateway Arch

Palmer Frankenmuth Gateway Arch

South of Bronner's, North of Townline Rd
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Palmer Frankenmuth Gateway Arch

Overview

When Walter and Maria Palmer came to Frankenmuth in the early 1970’s, they were in search of a community in which they could establish a lodging business. They were introduced to Wally Bronner and eventually purchased a piece of property from him on the south side of Frankenmuth, just north of the famous Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. During their retirement, the Palmers, through their foundation; provided over $1.2 million in funding for various projects within the community, i.e., community holiday decorations, scouting, school music programs, Gunzenhausen Park and fountain and our summer community concert venue, the Palmer Schau Platz. One project the Palmers were always interested in but couldn’t complete during their lifetime; was a welcoming arch or gateway into Frankenmuth from the south. The archway, measuring 160 feet wide, crosses M-83 at the southern boundary of Frankenmuth between Townline Road in Frankenmuth Township and Weiss Street in the city of Frankenmuth near Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and Grandpa Tiny's Farm. The towers are taller than 26 feet.