Grand Vue Park is a county park operated by the Marshall County Parks and Recreation. The park was opened in 1974 and has gone through several stages of development. It was built on 125 acres that was formerly the Marshall County Poor Farm. Land from the former Darwish and Sibert farms was added as well as land from the Dobbs family.
Today the park encompasses 650 acres and offers lodging, zip lining, an aerial adventure park, paintball, geocaching, outdoor amphitheater, banquet hall, picnic shelters, aquatic center, golf, playground, walking and biking trails as well as a calendar of events and day camps.
Before the U.S. welfare safety nets were put into place, local counties and townships across the country had to provide their own safety nets. Poorhouse, as a term, is not well-known in the 21st century but it wasn't that long ago that you might hear someone say You're going to run me to the poorhouse when their fortunes were taking a turn for the worse or their finances were dwindling. In an article written by Tracey Tyler, the poorhouse is explained in this way:
These houses of industry and refuge, as they came to be known, were shelters of last resort for the destitute, homeless, feeble-minded and elderly. In exchange for their labour, they were provided with spartan accommodation, clothes and simple food, much of it grown themselves.