Claude Shannon Park - 126 W. Main Street
Located in downtown Gaylord, on Main Street between Center and Court Avenues. Claude Elwood Shannon is considered the founding father of the electronic communications age. He was a mathematical engineer whose work on technical and engineering problems within the communications industry laid the groundwork for both the computer industry and telecommunications. Claude Shannon was born in Gaylord, Michigan, on April 30, 1916. Shannon's father, Claude Sr., was a judge in Gaylord. His mother, Mabel, was the principal of Gaylord High School. The first sixteen years of Shannon's life were spent in Gaylord where he attended public school, graduating from Gaylord High School in 1932. His best subjects were science and mathematics, and at home he constructed such devices as models of planes, a radio-controlled model boat and a telegraph system to a friend's house half a mile away.