More Park Mysteries
I haven’t been able to write much here for the last month, because I’ve been working on other writing projects. Gotta make a living! I have plans to write very soon on the politics of the purchase of Minnehaha Falls, the philosophy of landscape architect and park commissioner Phelps Wyman (I promised more long ago!), two more remarkable people who donated land to the Minneapolis park system, and the extraordinary Minneapolis park commissioner who, among other things, wrote a book that was plagiarized by martial artist Bruce Lee. I’ll also publish my list of “Lost Minneapolis Parks.”
Excellent stories all. And all still part of our city’s life.
Until I get to it…
Adrienne was the only minneapolisparkhistory reader to correctly name a park property shown on the 1897 map of Minneapolis that is no longer a park. She named Meeker Island — an excellent find. Now she is enjoying a free subscription to minneapolisparkhistory.com.
The other two park properties depicted as parks in 1897 that are no longer were Hennepin Avenue South from Loring Park to 31st Street and Lyndale Avenue North from Western Avenue to Farview Park. Both were still parkways in 1897, but were turned over to the city in 1905 when it became evident that they would always carry too much traffic to be the parkways the park board had envisioned.
That was a tough question because the green in those parkways is a little hard to see on the map.
So I’ll give you three new questions, all based on photos.
Name the three park properties from which the following photos were taken. MPRB employees are eligible to win, too! All photos were taken May 30, 2012.
Usual great prize of free subscription to minneapolisparkhistory.com for the first correct answers.
David C. Smith minneapolisparkhistory[at]q.com