Circa 1902
KRUG PARK
(Properly pronounced as kroog park)
In 1890, Henry Krug donated 20 acres of land for the park's creation
Krug Park was "officially" opened to the public on May 6, 1902
The Krugs donated 142 more acres in 1936, park size is now 162 acres
Krug Park has grown to 162 acres since it's creation
Krug Park is located at the northern end of the Parkway in St Joseph
It is a large city park with Italian Renaissance structures
The park has extensive landscaping and flower beds and an amphitheater
A lagoon filled with ducks, geese and fish is located at the entrance
There are rose gardens, picnic areas, an Italian style castle, scenic walking trails, and playgrounds for children
Also featured is a North American native animal exhibits
The fenced areas house buffalo, deer, and longhorn cattle
Krug Park "lights up" during the holiday season as Krug Holiday Park


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Circa 1950's
KRUG PARK ENTRANCE
Looking east toward St Joseph Avenue





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Circa 2015
KRUG LAGOON & WATERFALL RESTORATION

Over the years, the waterfall has deteriorated and has ceased working
As of July 2014, the Lagoon was noted to be in a state of despair
The aerator is no longer working and moss is floating on the water

The natural waterfall on the north side is not working properly
The water is a dark green color and looks very unhealthy for the fish
Many of the fish have died and only a few ducks and geese remain

In December 2014, City Council approved a Lagoon restoration project that will include construction and rehabilitation of the waterfall that previously existed in the northeast corner

Part of the project also includes dredging out and cleaning the existing lagoon trying to deepen it a little bit and taking out loose silt that has accumulated over the last several years
As of March 2015, it was discovered to contain silt of a depth of 2.5 to 3 feet which will be removed allowing the lagoon to have a finished water depth of 6 feet
The limestone walls along the shoreline will be stabilized and improved and the island refuge for wildlife also will be rebuilt

Plans for the project also included adding a new hiking trail connecting the sidewalk near the amphitheater to the roundabout sidewalk

In December 2014, the St. Joseph City Council approved a work order to drain and dredge the Lagoon with Snyder & Associates Inc., not to exceed $67,500
The Lagoon project should be done by Fall 2015 at a cost of $867,000

In February 2015, several hundred fish were caught and transferred to Corby Pond. The ducks and geese were caught and stored in a safe area
In February 2015, draining of the Lagoon began since the weather was above freezing

The last time the lagoon was dredged and cleaned out was 30 years ago, so this project is overdue and will help with water quality in the lagoon and re-establish the shoreline and waterfall

The project also will improve the quality of life of the fish and wildlife in the park
Photos will be posted in this section as the work progresses

Since the Lagoon draining, a frequent visitor has been an American Bald Eagle
The Bald Eagle has been nicknamed Kreagle, people visit the Lagoon just to see him

Photo #1 - Lagoon waterfall
Photo #2 - Lagoon waterfall
Photo #3 - Lagoon waterfall
Photo #4 - Lagoon waterfall
Photo #5 - Feb 2015 Lagoon draining
Photo #6 - Feb 2015 Lagoon draining
Photo #7 - Feb 2015 Lagoon draining
Photo #8 - Feb 2015 Lagoon draining
Photo #9 - Feb 2015 Lagoon draining
Photo #10 - Kreagle Feeding on frozen fish
Photo #11 - Kreagle landing
Photo #12 - Kreagle landing
Photo #13 - Distant view of Kreagle
Photo #14 - Feb 28 2015 Lagoon drained
Photo #15 - Feb 28 2015 Lagoon drained
Photo #16 - Feb 28 2015 Lagoon drained
Photo #17 - A great Blue Heron visits
Photo #18 - CIP restoration sign
Photo #19 - Superb photo of Kreagle




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Circa 1928
KRUG PARK DRIVE COMPLETED

Krug Park Drive circles through the park, going through 2 tunnels
The 2nd tunnel goes beneath the Castle
Originally it was a dirt road, in later years it was paved




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Circa 1928
KRUG PARK DRIVE & CASTLE PHOTOS
PHOTOS TAKEN ON MAY 28, 2012

The Castle was constructed 1921-1922
I took a drive through Krug Park today to take some photos
I took various photos as I drove through the park
I also wanted to see if any repairs had been made in the past year
Nope, none at all, but more damage such as the broken swing was observed
The long steps up to the gliders are also in need of repair

Photo #1 - Picnic area
Photo #2 - Picnic area
Photo #3 - Approaching the 1st tunnel
Photo #4 - Approaching the 1st tunnel
Photo #5 - Looking back at picnic area prior to entering the 1st tunnel
Photo #6 - Backside of the 1st tunnel you never see
Photo #7 - Backside of the 1st tunnel you never see
Photo #8 - Playground and picnic area
Photo #9 - The Castle and 2nd tunnel
Photo #10 - The Castle and 2nd tunnel
Photo #11 - The Castle and 2nd tunnel
Photo #12 - The Castle playground as it is now
Photo #13 - Steps leading up to the waterfall in need of repair
Photo #14 - Another area of the playground
Photo #15 - Upper level of the Castle where the gliders are
Photo #16 - The wading pool that was filled with water in the old days
Photo #17 - One of the gliders - note it is in need of repair
Photo #18 - One of the gliders - note it is in need of repair




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KRUG PARK AERIAL VIEWS





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Circa 1890's
ORIGINAL MAP OF KRUG PARK
& KRUG PARK PLACE







Circa 1890 & 1936
KRUG PARK COMMEMORATION PLAQUE

This plaque commemorates the gifting of a total of 162 acres of land by 3 Krug families, 20 acres in 1890 & 140 acres in 1936






KRUG PARK AS IT APPEARED IN 1889

A 1972 St Joseph News-Press article with some interesting facts






Circa 1890
KRUG PARK TOWER

Back in late 1890's, this tower stood at the crest of Krug Park before the roadway was created. It was called the highest point in the city at 1070 feet, so the view from this tower must have been magnificent
The way up the tower was by right hand turns on a succession of square landings at the corners of the tower
The tower was torn down when the wind and harsh weather made it unsafe
Photo is a St Joseph News-Press photo




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CIRCA 1897
BAND STAND

In 1897 there was a band stand, it no longer exists




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Circa 1898
CONSERVATORY
AND FLOWER GARDENS

The conservatory was built in 1898
The conservatory was once located amongst the flower gardens
Flowers for the gardens were grown inside the conservatory
Over the years, the conservatory fell to despair and it was razed, it no longer exists
The footbridge no longer exists
Today there is still The Rose Garden & Gazebo, a beautiful area of Krug Park

Photo #1 - Vintage rose garden post card
Photo #2 - Rose Garden & Gazebo today
Photo #3 - The Conservatory
Photo #4 - old conservatory interior
Photo #5 - 1907 Photo of rose garden area
Photo #6 - Vintage photo of footbridge
Photo #7 - 1906 Postcard of flower garden
Photo #8 - 1936 Easter Sunrise Service
Photo #9 - The Conservatory
Photo #10 - flower garden post card
Photo #11 - 1910 postcard - conservatory
Photo #12 - Henry Krug, Jr
Photo #13 - An early view flower garden
Photo #14 - the flower garden
Photo #15 - the flower garden
Photo #16 - The Conservatory







KRUG PARK LOVERS WALK
Circa: 1910





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KRUG PARK WINTER SCENE
Circa: 1910





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Circa 1888
TRANSPORTATION TO KRUG PARK

As early as 1888, trolleys, also called street cars, stopped at Krug Park
Through the years, trolleys and buses continued to stop at Krug Park
Today, the only transportation is taxi cabs, personal vehicles or walking

Photo #1 - 1891 advertisement
Photo #2 - Electric powered Light & Power bus arriving at Krug Park
Photo #3 - Electric powered steel wheel Krug Park trolley #42
Photo #4 - 1888 Krug Park trolley
Photo #5 - 1896 Krug Park trolley
Photo #6 - 1918 Krug Park trolley




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ORIGINAL KRUG PARK PHOTOS
& OTHER ORIGINAL AREAS

These are old photos of the original park entrance, areas that no longer exist or have been modified

Photo #1 - The original entrance
Photo #2 - The original entrance
Photo #3 - Early 1900's near conservatory
Photo #4 - Early 1900's near conservatory
Photo #5 - 1980, entrance marker discovered
Photo #6 - 1930's photo of entrance
Photo #7 - 1917 photo
Photo #8 - 1900 map of walkway entrance
Photo #9 - 1908 Krug Park Cannon at entrance
Photo #10 - 1942 Disposal of Krug Park Cannon
Photo #11 - Original Krug Park entrance
Photo #12 - 1917 photo
Photo #13 - Early photo of entrance
Photo #14 - Stone work at original entrance
Photo #15 - Cannon Balls
Photo #16 - 1930's photo of the waterfall
Photo #17 - Pile of removed cannons
Photo #18 - Postcard of original entrance
Photo #19 - Trolley outside of the entrance
Photo #20 - View from inside the entrance
Photo #21 - Looking towards the main entrance
Photo #22 - 1912 Postcard - looking towards entrance
Photo #23 - Civil War cannon - 1910 Postcard
Photo #24 - New Buicks on display at the entrance
Photo #25 - Original entrance postcard
Photo #26 - Lady standing near entrance
Photo #27 - Lady standing near entrance
Photo #28 - Lady standing near entrance
Photo #29 - Circa 1928
Photo #30 - Circa 1928
Photo #31 - Circa 1928
Photo #32 - Circa 1928
Photo #33 - Large cannon with "Keep Off Sign"
Photo #34 - Posing by the flower garden
Photo #35 - Circa 1945 Herb Tootle at Krug Park Lagoon
Photo #36 - Circa 1889 - Artist drawing of Krug Park as it appeared in 1889




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Circa 1910
ORIGINAL KRUG PARK ANIMALS, ZOO & FOUNTAINS

In 1910, there was a small animal zoo here
Many people deny there was a zoo here but my father told me there was a small one here in the 1920's, he saw bears and lions in the castle, but it didn't last long
The Krug Park fountains no longer exists
Moila kept their camels here when not on tour
On April 1, 1905 a baby camel was born in Krug Park

Photo #1 - staircase and fountain leading to the path above
Photo #2 - staircase and fountain leading to the path above
Photo #3 - the original Krug Sign molded into a wall
Photo #4 - Moila Camels that were kept in the Krug Park Zoo
Photo #5 - the bears in the Krug Park Zoo
Photo #6 - Fountain in Krug Park
Photo #7 - 1900 circa, staircase & fountain
Photo #8 - Camels and goats in the Krug Park Zoo
Photo #9 - Moila Camels kept in the zoo when Moila was not on tour
Photo #10 - Sculpture in Krug Park
Photo #11 - Krug Park Fountain postcard
Photo #12 - 1905 Baby camel born in Krug Park
Photo #13 - 1910 St Joseph Gazette article about the Krug Park Bears




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ORIGINAL CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND
& THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE CASTLE

Photo #1 - Old photo of the Castle
Photo #2 - Old photo of the Children's Playground
Photo #3 - The old wooden gliders in the Castle
Photo #4 - The 3 long slides that were later removed
Photo #5 - One long slide has been removed
Photo #6 - 1938 photo of swings and 3 long slides
Photo #7 - Old playground equipment
Photo #8 - A boy sliding down the wavy slide
Photo #9 - Castle Pergola at entranceway
Photo #10 - Old photo of the Castle Pergola
Photo #11 - Color photo of the children's playground
Photo #12 - Postcard of the children's playground
Photo #13 - The wooden gliders in the 1960's
Photo #14 - Circa 1946 - 4 ladies sitting
Photo #15 - old photo of the repaired waterfall
Photo #16 - The 3 sliding boards
Photo #17 - Old postcard of the children's playground
Photo #18 - Sliding boards
Photo #19 - Playground loaded with people
Photo #20 - The gliders
Photo #21 - The 3 slides
Photo #22 - The newer slides after the long ones were removed
Photo #23 - Color photo of the Children's Playground slides with the middle one removed
Photo #24 - Circa 1953 - a family in front of the slides







GROUND KEEPER'S COTTAGE

This was Superintendent Rau's cottage in the park
The structure no longer exists




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KRUG'S PINE RIDGE HOME
BUILT IN 1872

Located several blocks south of the park

Photo #1 - Krug's Pine Ridge home
Photo #2 - Another entrance to the property
Photo #3 - Krug Pine Ridge Home as it looks in 2012
Photo #4 - 1954 Newspaper Article
Photo #5 - Krug's Pine Ridge home
Photo #6 - Krug's Pine Ridge home
Photo #7 - Krug's Pine Ridge home




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HENRY KRUG Jr'S HOME
Krug Park Place

This is the original Krug home, it has been totally restored

Photo #1 - Henry Jr and Selma Krug home in the 1890's
Photo #2 - The Henry Krug Jr home in 2012
Photo #3 - The Henry Krug Jr home in 2012
Photo #4 - 1890's view of park, observation tower and Krug Home






EVENTS IN KRUG PARK

Easter Egg Hunt
St Joseph News-Press photo - 1956 Easter Egg Hunt




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Circa 1928
KRUG PARK LAGOON

The Lagoon was completed in 1928
The Krug Park Lagoon at one time was loaded with Mallard ducks, domestic ducks, Snow & Blue geese & Canadian geese as well as swarms of fish
People would bring bread to feed the ducks, fish and the large gold fish (carp)

Photo #1 - 1981 Release of 65 ducks & geese
Photo #2 - 1999 The entrance to Krug Park
Photo #3 - 1999 Lagoon Photo
Photo #4 - 1999 Lagoon Photo
Photo #5 - 1999 Lagoon Photo
Photo #6 - Postal card
Photo #7 - The Lagoon
Photo #8 - The Lagoon in 2012
Photo #9 - The Lagoon in 2012
Photo #10 - 1935 photo of the Lagoon
Photo #11 - The new Lagoon Guard Rail
Photo #12 - The Lagoon
Photo #13 - 1946 A group of lovely ladies
Photo #14 - 2014 Spring photo of the lagoon
Photo #15 - Ducks and geese in the lagoon
Photo #16 - Larry Morse running R/C boats with me
Photo #17 - The Lagoon filled with Canadian Geese
Photo #18 - Taken in July 2014
Photo #19 - Taken in July 2014
Photo #20 - Taken in July 2014
Photo #21 - The Lagoon in the winter
Photo #22 - Geese out for a stroll
Photo #23 - Feb 2015 - American Eagle visiting
Photo #24 - Catfish still in the lagoon 2014
Photo #25 - Circa 1969 the original stone guard rail




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KRUG PARK ANIMALS

From time to time, the park department fences off park areas creating large pens
I have seen buffalo, longhorn cattle, deer on occasion in the park pens




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KRUG PARK'S HOLIDAY PARK

When the Western Tablet Company pulled out of St Joseph, the Park Dept obtained their lighted Santa Claus, sled and reindeer display that were once mounted on the roof of Western Tablet at 11th & Mitchell Avenue every Christmas season for as many years as I can remember
The St Joseph Park Dept now displays this lighted display every Christmas season at the top of Krug Park
During the Christmas season, numerous Optimist Clubs and volunteers in St Joseph decorate the 2 mile long roadway in the park including the Castle
From the beginning to the end, the park is highly decorated with Christmas lights, figures and animals and the is totally outlined in lights
Each year, as more donations are obtained, more decorations are added, some of the decorations are now animated
The project is solely funded by public donations, without donations the Holiday Park could not exist
At the end of the 2 mile drive, Optimist volunteers collect donations as cars come past them
They usually offer free small Cherry Mash candy bars in return for your donation

Photo #1 - Glen Roberts creating wooden camels
Photo #2 - News-Press article
Photo #3 - The Castle outlined with lights
Photo #4 - Lighted display
Photo #5 - Christmas display
Photo #6 - Christmas display
Photo #7 - Christmas display
Photo #8 - Lights create a roadway tunnel effect
Photo #9 - Optimist Club collecting donations
Photo #10 - Santa Claus sleigh and reindeer
Photo #11 - Santa Claus sleigh and reindeer
Photo #12 - Lights create a tunnel effect
Photo #13 - Santa Claus sleigh and reindeer
Photo #14 - Christmas around the world
Photo #15 - Inflatable decorations
Photo #16 - Handmade decorations
Photo #17 - Handmade decorations
Photo #18 - Inflatable lighted Frosty on tunnel
Photo #19 - Handmade wooden camels
Photo #20 - The manger scene
Photo #21 - Mead's Santa Claus sleigh
Photo #22 - Frosty the snowman
Photo #23 - Welcome sign at park entrance
Photo #24 - Daytime view of light tunnel
Photo #25 - Salvation Army tower at entrance
Photo #26 - Wooden soldiers at entrance
Photo #27 - Frosty decoration lighted
Photo #30 - October 26 2004 removing Santa
Photo #31 - Santa on Western Tablet/Mead
Photo #32 - The long tunnel lit up
Photo #33 - A different view of Santa




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KRUG PARK'S HOLIDAY PARK
December 2016 Photos

These great photos were taken on December 14, 2016 by Patrick P Evenson of Coverage Photography. This year's Holiday Park looks great




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KRUG PARK'S 1st STONE TUNNEL

This is the 1st stone tunnel that you encounter, everyone loves to honk their horn while driving through the tunner
When exiting this 1st tunnel, you will see a beautiful overview of the lagoon
A 2nd tunnel lies ahead a short ways, it lies beneath the Castle
Some of the facial rock on this tunnel is beginning to loosen and fall away
I hope the park department attends to this before it worsens

Photo #1 - 1955 photo of the Lagoon
Photo #2 - 2012 photo of the Lagoon upon exiting the 1st stone tunnel
Photo #3 - 2012 photo of the Lagoon upon exiting the 1st stone tunnel
Photo #4 - A distant view of the 1st stone tunnel
Photo #5 - The Lagoon, the amphitheater can be seen in the background
Photo #6 - Postcard - The Lagoon
Photo #7 - The Lagoon
Photo #8 - Close-up of the 1st stone tunnel
Photo #9 - Stairs on south side of the Lagoon
Photo #10 - Close-up of the 1st stone tunnel
Photo #11 - 2013 photo of Birch Trees submitted by Terry Turbak
Photo #12 - 2013 photo of the 1st stone tunnel submitted by Terry Turbak

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KRUG PARK PICNIC GROUNDS
Circa: 1950





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Circa 1958
A 2ND KRUG PARK PLAYGROUND AREA

After the 3 long sliding boards were removed from the Castle, 2 different long slides were installed in another location somewhere above the Bowl and parking lot area
As seen in photo #2, these are much shorter slides. There is also a swing set and a jungle gym
This area no longer exists in 2014

Photo #1 - circa 1962
Photo #2 - circa 1974
Photo #3 - circa 1958




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KRUG PARK LILY POND
Circa: 1950 to present

At one time, Krug Park had a very shallow lily pond
The park department converted it into a rarely used parking lot
Photo #8 - 1979 News-Press photo of my son Steve & I metal detecting in Krug Park near the pool

Photo #1 - Old photo of the lily pond
Photo #2 - Recent photo of steps leading to the Lily Pond
Photo #3 - Very old postcard
Photo #4 - 2013 photo of steps leading to the lily pond
Photo #5 - Lily Pond is gone it is now a parking lot
Photo #6 - 2013 photo of lily pond, it is now all a concrete parking lot
Photo #7 - 1955 photo of lily pond
Photo #8 - St Joseph News-Press photo of Rick & Steve Drozd metal detecting
Photo #4 & 5 - submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #3 - submitted by Michael Miller
Photo #6 - 2013 photo taken by Terry McGinnis




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Circa 1926
KRUG PARK AMPHITHEATER
aka KRUG PARK BOWL

Construction of the Krug Bowl completed in 1926

The Krug Bowl is directly west of the formal garden in a partly man-made depression which rises to the west, north, and south

Krug Drive encircles the entire bowl area serving as a boundary for three-quarters of the Bowl

A large parking lot is located off of Krug Drive just west of the Krug Bowl amphitheater, with grassed medians dividing the lot

Photo #1 - the Bowl
Photo #2 - the Bowl
Photo #3 - 2012 photo, rose garden & Amphitheater
Photo #4 - 2013 photo of the Amphitheater
Photo #5 - 1939 Postcard
Photo #6 - Natural Amphitheater
Photo #7 - Old postcard
Photo #8 - Side view of the seating
Photo #9 - Current view of the theater
Photo #10 - Crew working on dirt roadway
Photo #11 - Circa 1926 - Bowl nearing completion
Photo #12 - Circa 1928 seating
Photo #13 - 1928 Passion Play




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Circa 1921-1922
THE REFECTORY
KRUG PARK CASTLE
2010-2014 PHOTOS

The Refectory is currently referred to as "The Castle"
It's construction was never completed as originally planned
It is a two-story red brick structure of Italian Renaissance design

The playground area at the Castle used to be called Children's Circus
Kids played in a wading pool in the early 1950's, it no longer is used

For over 50 years, there were 3 fifty-two foot long sliding boards
They were the longest slides I had ever seen
All of the children loved the sliding boards

As seen in several old photos in an earlier section, two slides were straight and the other slide was up & down wavy

They were removed, possibly due to liability reasons

Back in the 50's & 60's, there were some nice wooden gliders on the upper level

Rather than repairing and restoring these high quality wooden gliders, they were replaced with modern metal gliders

Photos #14 & #15 show the current metal gliders as they were in 2011

The building's top level was originally to have one large room to be used for a recreation hall or banquet room. The Great Depression in 1929 brought it's construction to a halt

In 1980, the Parks Dept divided the room into offices for the department's use





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KRUG PARK CASTLE DETERIORATION

Deterioration and physical damage is noticeable throughout the castle area
One photo shows massive damage on the castle entrance stairs
How hard would it be to repair the broken glider?
The city's park department doesn't seem to be up keeping the park's structures
Areas that are have been repaired appear to be have done very sloppy






KRUG PARK CASTLE SIGN

The Park Department made & mounted a sign on a Castle wall
It contains a brief history of the Krug Park Castle
It would have been a good idea if it was low enough to easily read
It was not very professionally done, I could have made a better one
It is placed so high up that we got a crick in our necks looking up at this sign
We also had to strain our eyes trying to make out the wording
The lettering should have been filled with white paint to make reading easier




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Rick Drozd - rickdrozd@gmail.com

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