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Circa 1918
Brief History & Facts about the
ST JOSEPH PARKWAY SYSTEM

The Parkway System was developed in 1918 by architect George Burnap
St Joseph was one of the first cities in the U.S. to develop such a parkway system

In 1995, our Parkway System was placed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Parkway System winds through St Joseph for 26 miles
The Parkway encircles Krug Park in the north and encircles Hyde Park in the south

It's a beautiful drive from one end of the city to the other end as it winds and snakes over the hills and past some residential areas

The Parkway system connects many parks and recreation areas throughout the city

The city is currently building and has built numerous walking/biking trails that parallel the Parkway. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails



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Circa 1927
VARIOUS PARKWAY PHOTOS



THE CITY OF ST JOSEPH PARKS
(Listed in alphabetical order)



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Circa 1908 & 1921
BARTLETT PARK
South Noyes Parkway
30th & Duncan

Bartlett Park is bounded by Renick, Duncan, 30th to 32nd Sts. and the Parkway runs through the middle of it

Bartlett Park contains a picnic area, handicap-accessible playground, softball field, youth baseball field, restrooms, shelter and concessions

There once was a stone structure atop Bartlett Park that served as a picnic area with restrooms. It also served for a setting for many outdoor concerts
This structure no longer exists

In 2014, a gigantic tree house was constructed in the park
Photo #14, Tree House Master, contractor Stan Weston who built the treehouse

Photo #1 - 1911 Photo of Bartlett Park
Photo #2 - Stone structure atop Bartlett Park
Photo #3 - 1971 Soap Box Derby advertisement
Photo #4 - 1965 photo of Bartlett Park baseball field
Photos #5-12 - Photos taken in 2013
Photo #13 - When Barlett Park had a band stand
Photos #5-12 taken in 2013
Photo #13 - Old postcard
Photos #14-26 Construction of the Treehouse taken in 2014
Photo #29 - First good snow in 2014




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BODE SPORTS COMPLEX
2500 Southwest Parkway

Bode Sports Complex is located at 2500 Southwest Parkway next to Phil Welch Stadium

The complex has a full-sized ice rink with concessions, conference room, locker and restrooms

It also has a pro shop, skate rental and blade sharpening

The arena also is available for broomball and private rental

The complex also soon will include a lighted in-line roller blading rink with bleacher seating, six outdoor basketball courts with lights and seating, sand volleyball courts, restrooms and outdoor concession
Photos #1-4 taken in 2013




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Circa 1921, 1927, 1928, 1935
KING HILL DRIVE
KING HILL OVERLOOK
WATER TOWER & PARK

King Hill is similar to Wyeth Hill in the north part of St Joseph
The bridge that crosses over 2nd Street was constructed in 1928
This park and overlook are where people come to to overlook the southern part of St Joseph

The park is not as large as Wyeth Hill but interesting to visit
A water tower and a large United States flag are the only objects here
King Hill Overlook is 13 acres built on a historic American Indian site
The park is accessed from the Southwest Parkway, there is only one entrance
One a clear day one can see Wyeth Hill from the top of King Hill

HOW TO GET TO THE KING HILL OVERLOOK & PARK
Coming from Hyde Park - go north on Southwest Parkway past Benton High School. Continue north on the parkway to King Hill Drive which is at the junction of Mansfield Road. Turn left (west) onto King Hill drive, cross over a bridge and continue up a winding road
The overlook will be at the end of this road

Photo #1 - old photo of the water tower & huge flag on top of the hill
Photo #2 - View of South St Joseph
Photo #3 - Postcard with view of South St Joseph
Photo #11 - 1960 photo
Photo #4-9 - David Osgood took a drive up to the top of the King Hill Overlook
Photo #10 - Overlooking South St Joseph
Photo #11 - Looking east towards King Hill overlook and park





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CARDEN PARK SCHOOL
14th & Duncan
CIRCA: 2013

Some years ago, the city escavated & removed Devil's Backbone

In it's place, the city created a new city park called Carden Park

The city later decided to build a new school at that location

During 2013, Carden Park School began construction

My wife and I decided to see where the new school was being constructed

It took us a while to find where this new school is being built

The area is fairly surrounded by narrow and hilly streets

I believe the city will widen the streets by the time the school is ready to open
Photos #1-6 were taken on October 1, 2013

EASY DIRECTIONS TO THE NEW SCHOOL SITE:
Go to 22nd & Duncan, then go west on Duncan to 14th & Duncan
At 14th & Duncan, the new school will be visible on the southwest corner




CARNEGIE PARK
South St Joseph

Carnegie Park, occupying two and a half acres bounded by Massachusetts, Gordon, Carnegie and Michigan streets, is a rest park, walk area and grounds of Carnegie Library




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COLLEGE HILL RECREATIONAL AREA
12th & Henry

College Hill has a basketball area, softball backstop, playground equipment, multiuse play area and restrooms on more than an acre bounded by 12th, 13th, Henry and Ridenbaugh
Photos taken in 2013






Circa 1924
CORBY GROVE

This area extends from Marion to Osage and 22nd to 26th streets

Corby Grove is comprised of 105 acres that include a four-acre fishing pond (ice skating also is allowed if the weather stays cold), three hard-surface tennis courts, picnic area, comfort station and a nature trail

Also included are the Marion and Goff ballfields, two youth baseball fields with concession and restrooms





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CORBY POND
Northwest Parkway
Northeast Parkway
Corby Parkway

Corby Pond is located just east of 22nd St and Northwest Parkway
A total of 4 Parkway roads converge in this area:
Northeast Parkway to South Ashland Avenue
Another Northeast Parkway to North Ashland Avenue
Corby Parkway to Maple Parkway
Northwest Parkway to Krug Park
There are 3 skater statues in the center isle where 3 parkways meet
Someone stole one skater awhile back but the police located & replaced it
Corby Pond is a four acre fishing pond
In the past, people used to ice skate on the pond
I have not seen ice skating on the pond for many years

Photo #1 - Looking South
Photo #2 - Looking North
Photo #3 - Ice skaters on Corby Pond
Photo #4 - Looking South - several aerators working
Photo #5 - Looking North
Photo #6 - Looking North - shelter with picnic table
Photo #7 - Looking South
Photo #8 - Looking North - 3 Skater statues
Photo #9 - Looking North - a Canadian Goose visitor
Photo #10 - Looking West - a Canadian Goose visitor
Photo #11 - Looking South
Photo #12 - Looking South
Photo #13 - Skater statue in the center isle
Photo #14 - The old Corby Pond dock
Photo #15 - Parkway from Corby Pond to North Ashland
Photo #16 - Parkway from Corby Pond to North Ashland

Photo #5 - submitted by Terry Turbak
Photos #6-8 taken in 2013
Photos 9-12 taken in 2013 by David Osgood






Circa 1922-1924, 1958
FAIRVIEW GOLF COURSE

Fairview Golf Course, 136.8 acres southwest of Duncan Street on the Southwest Parkway, is an 18-hole course with clubhouse, pro shop and concessions







FORT SMITH PARK SECTION

The Fort Smith section is so large it has it's own section
THE FORT SMITH SECTION WAS CREATED 08/04/2013






FRANCE PARK

Bounded by North 26th & North 27th Streets and Regent & Clay Streets
The view is looking west on Clay towards North 27th Street




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GATEWAY PARK
3rd & Edmond Street

Many buildings in this area were razed during Urban Renewal in the 1970's
A small park was created called Gateway Park where these buildings once stood
Gateway park represents the gateway to the west
A beautiful statue and a Downtown marker have been placed around the park

Photo #1 - Downtown marker
Photo #2 - Aerial view of Gateway Park
Photo #3 - A beautiful statue marks the gateway to the west




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GOETZ FIELD
GRAND AVENUE BALLFIELD
LIONS BASEBALL FIELD
11th & Grand Avenue

Originally this was called Goetz Field
It was later called Grand Avenue Ballfield
It is currently called Lions Baseball Field
The ballfield is located at 11th and Grand Avenue
It is a youth baseball field with concessions and restrooms
Corby Parkway changes to Maple Leaf Boulevard at 11th Street

Photo #1 - Grand Avenue viaduct can be seen in the background
Photo #2 - Northside's Lions Baseball Field sign, 10th Street bridge over Maple Leaf Boulevard in background
Photo #3 - Looking West
Photo #4 - Looking West
Photo #5 - Looking Southwest
Photo #6 - 11th Street bridge over the Corby Parkway

Photos #2-6 were taken in 2013





HOCHMAN PARK
Pickett Road & Hillside Lane

Hochman Park, located at Pickett Road and Hillside Lane, has a baseball field and playground, concessions and restrooms





HOFFMAN FIELD
Southwest Parkway

Hoffman Field, adjacent to Phil Welch Stadium at Southwest Parkway and 28th Street, is a lighted softball field with bleacher seating, concessions and restrooms




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HUSTON WYETH PARK
aka WYETH HILL PARK

Huston Wyeth Park, also known as Wyeth Hill, is located in North St Joseph
The park has an overlook that overlooks the Missouri River
Rosecrans Airport and some of Kansas are visible from the overlook

The park encompasses 33 acres
The park includes a picnic area, shelter, restrooms and playground equipment
The huge rocks as shown in photo #1 have been replaced with a wrought iron fence

This was once a place for lovers to park as there were not any lights in the area
The city has since installed some lighting

On a clear day, the King Hill water tank over 5 miles away can be seen with the naked eye

When Interstate 229 was created, some major street changes were made
The old Dug Cut bridge was removed making access to the park confusing to some people
Instructions on how to get to Wyeth Hill can be found below

Instructions on how to get to the park:
Locate Poulin Street at the southern end of St Joseph Avenue
Go west on Poulin Street, up a very long hill to Elwood Street where the street ends
Turn right (north) on Elwood Street, this street will lead you to Wyeth Hill Park
Elwood Street is the only way to get in or out of the park

Photo #1 - Old photo showing huge boulders at the overlook edge
Photos #2-7 Photos that I took in 2013
Photo #8 - Photo taken in 1972
Photo #9 - A very old aerial photo, the park is visible on the far left
Photo #10 - An old postcard with Wyeth Hill mis-spelled
Photo #11 - A brush fire set in Kansas in March 2015 got as far as Wyeth Hill




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HYDE PARK STATUE & TEPEE
CHIEF WHITE CLOUD
HYDE AVENUE & SOUTHWEST PARKWAY

Chief White Cloud was a half breed Indian
His mother was Mary Robidoux, one of Joseph Robidoux's daughters




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Circa 1915, 1921-1943, 1950
HYDE PARK & HYDE PARK DRIVE
4th & Hyde Park Avenue

Hyde Park is located in South St Joseph
The Hyde Park drive, constructed in 1925-1928, encircles the park and ends at Hyde Park

It consists of 93 acres at 4th Street and Hyde Park Avenue

The park includes Hyde swimming pool and patio, three lighted tennis courts, playground, picnic area, bandstand/shelter house, a gazebo and three additional shelter houses, six lighted ballfields, horseshoe courts, basketball goals, two concession stands and restrooms

Photo #1: Hyde Swimming Pool
Photo #2: Bridge over roadway in Hyde Park
Photo #3: Entrance to Hyde Park
Photo #4: Distant view of the Gazebo area
Photo #5: 1957 Easter Egg Hunt in Hyde Park
Photos #6-22 taken in 2013




JOHN LUCAS RECREATION CENTER
18th & Charles

John Lucas Recreation Center consists of an acre at 18th and Charles streets with two hard surface tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pitching area, playground and restrooms

The site includes the old Horace Mann school building with a gymnasium and rooms rented to Eastside Human Resource Center, EOC, Head Start and Job Corps




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KING HILL OVERLOOK
WATER TOWER & PARK

King Hill is similar to Wyeth Hill in the north part of St Joseph
This park and overlook are where people come to to overlook the southern part of St Joseph

The park is not as large as Wyeth Hill but interesting to visit
A water tower and a large United States flag are the only objects here
King Hill Overlook is 13 acres built on a historic American Indian site
The park is accessed from the Southwest Parkway, there is only one entrance
One a clear day one can see Wyeth Hill from the top of King Hill

HOW TO GET TO THE KING HILL OVERLOOK & PARK
Coming from Hyde Park - go north on Southwest Parkway past Benton High School. Continue north on the parkway to King Hill Drive which is at the junction of Mansfield Road. Turn left (west) onto King Hill drive, cross over a bridge and continue up a winding road
The overlook will be at the end of this road





Circa 1902
KRUG PARK

The Krug Park section is so large it has it's own section
THE KRUG PARK SMITH SECTION WAS CREATED 08/04/2013




LEONARD ROAD ACRES

Leonard Road Acres covers 5.8 acres and includes a neighborhood play area and picnic area at Shawnee and Cheyenne streets in the Deer Park area




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Circa 1926-1927
MAPLE LEAF BOULEVARD

This is part of the Parkway System, it begins at the end of Corby Parkway
Corby Parkway ends at 11th Street and turns into Maple Leaf Boulevard
Maple Leaf Boulevard ends at the 1100 block of North 4th Street
If you turn left, South 4th will take you to downtown St Joseph
If you turn right, North 4th will connect to St Joseph Avenue
Photo #1 - Maple Leaf Parkway, era 1920's
Photo #2 - Grand Avenue bridge can be seen in the background
Photo #3 - Maple Leaf Parkway & 18th street bridge
The Chicago Great Western railroad yards are on the left
In 1927, these yards held over 700 cars






MAPLE LEAF PLAYGROUND

Maple Leaf Playground is on Maple Leaf Parkway between Grand Avenue and Richardson Street and offers a playground adapted for the physically disabled





MITCHELL PARK

Mitchell Park, bounded by Duncan, Doniphan, 10th and 11th streets, is a neighborhood park that offers rest areas
The fountain in the old postcard photo no longer exists




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Circa 1936
MUCHENBERGER CENTER
500 Sycamore Street

Originally this was once Muchenberger Wallpaper

Leo Muchenberger donated his old wallpaper factory to the city in 1936 with the stipulation it would be used for recreation for the city's youth

For many years, children were able to use some of the Muchenberger services free of charge, other services required a small payment

Muchenberger Center at Fifth and Sycamore streets covers two acres and provides a community recreation center with a gym for basketball, volleyball and other games, pool and game rooms, a stage, restrooms and dressing rooms, a kitchen, softball field, playground equipment and wading pool

In 2012, the city built a new Muchenberger recreation center at 2701 Southwest Parkway

The old center has been closed down, it is no longer open
Photo #4 - 1978 newspaper photo




NORTHSIDE COMPLEX

Northside Complex extends along St. Joseph Avenue from Karnes Road to Randolph Street
The complex includes the Krug swimming pool, restrooms, a patio and concessions, three lighted tennis courts, two lighted handball/racquetball courts, playground area, two unlighted ballfields, lighted softball field, two shuffleboard courts and four horseshoe courts




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Circa 1921
NORTHWEST PARKWAY

Northwest Parkway goes from South Ashland & Noyes Blvd to Krug Park
Photo #1 Northwest Parkway north of Lovers Lane on the way to Krug Park

Photo #2 Northwest Parkway from Ashland Avenue towards Corby Pond
St Joseph's 1st real snow of 1999. Sunday morning, December 5, 1999
The Weather man predicted 1" or less, we got over 8 inches






Circa 1926-1927
LOVERS LANE BRIDGE

Northwest Parkway goes beneath Lovers Lane
The bridge was constructed in 1926-1927




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Circa 1912
NOYES BOULEVARD
AND THE C B & Q OVERPASS

Noyes Boulevard runs from Ashland Avenue south to 28th St & Parkway A
This old railroad bridge was located at Noyes & Messanie Street
Over the years, many trucks had gotten struck the low bridge
Photo #9, Officer Ron Davis issuing truck driver a ticket for hitting the overpass
The bridge has been removed

Photo #1 - Noyes & Messanie intersection looking north
Photo #2 - Across from Moila looking north
Photo #3 - Frederick & Noyes - looking north
Photo #4 - Further north on Noyes - looking north
Photo #5 - 1937 view of the C B & Q Railroad bridge
Photo #6 - Only the east bridge abutment remains in 2013
Photo #7 - View from 28th Street
Photo #8 - Blown up view of the railroad bridge
Photo #9 - Officer Ron Davis issuing truck driver a ticket for hitting the overpass
Photo #10 - Removal of the bridge
Photo #11 - Removal of the bridge
Photo #12 - 1924 Postcard displaying Noyes Boulevard
Photo #13 - Noyes Blvd & Jules intersection
Photo #14 - Noyes Tennis Courts & Horseshoes
Photo #15 - Noyes Football and Track field




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Circa 1933-1935
NOYES MUNICIPAL BASEBALL FIELD
MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL
2nd CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Aerial views of the Municipal Baseball field, Municipal Swimming Pool and the 2nd Central High School. Circa: 1933, after the new Central High School's construction in 1933. Note that the athletic field and tennis courts have not been added yet
The tennis courts were constructed in 1935




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Circa 1923-1933, 1930-1938
NOYES ATHLETIC FIELD
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELD

Noyes Athletic Field has a lighted football stadium and track, small football fields, youth baseball field, multipurpose building, Noyes swimming pool, field house and tournament center
Central High School uses the track & football field for their home events
There is also 12 lighted hard-surface tennis courts, playground and 16 horseshoe courts
The area covers 23 acres bounded by Noyes Boulevard and Edmond, Messanie and 26th streets
Photos 1-3 taken in 2013 by David Osgood






NOYES WADING POOL
CIRCA: 1930

Photo: Back in the 1930's, there used to be a wading pool near the Municipal pool
The wading pool no longer exists




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ST JOSEPH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL
NOYES PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL
AQUATIC PARK
27th & ANGELIQUE

The original pool was called Municipal Swimming Pool
This was a very large public swimming pool
It opened in 1928 and because of deterioration in the foundations, it was replaced by another smaller pool in the 1950's

After the original pool had been removed in the 1950's, for many years, the original outline of the old pool was still visible

The pool was renamed as Noyes Public Swimming Pool
The original pool outline no longer exists
In recent years, the pool has once again been totally redone & modernized with many new features
It is now called Aquatic Park

AQUATIC PARK FEATURES
  • 203' Waterslide
  • 165' Enclosed Waterslide
  • 50 Meter Pool
  • 6 Lanes
  • Diving Well
  • Two 1-Meter Diving Boards
  • Waterfall
  • Vortex
  • Zero Depth Beach Entry
  • 300' Lazy River
  • River Tubes Available (No Charge)
  • Concession Areas
  • Catering Available
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Sun Deck
  • Large Shade Structures

  • Photo #1 - Original Municipal Pool
    Photo #2 - Original Municipal Pool
    Photo #3 - 1954 Postcard displaying Municipal Pool
    Photo #4 - Aquatic Park
    Photo #5 - Aquatic Park
    Photo #6 - Aquatic Park
    Photo #7 - Aquatic Park
    Photo #8 - 1953 Noyes Pool
    Photo #9 - Municipal pool when it was huge
    Photo #10 - 1943 aerial view of Municipal Pool
    Photo #11 - 1950 photo of the tennis courts
    Photo #12 - New Aquatic Park
    Photo #13 - Orginial Municipal pool




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    OUTDOOR NATURE CENTER
    10th & Powell

    Originally, Sisters Hospital consumed this entire area
    The hospital was torn down and the lot sat empty for many years
    The City purchased the land and turned the square block into a park
    Outdoor Nature Center is one acre bounded by Ninth, 10th, Powell and Lincoln
    It includes a gazebo, walkways, special plantings and trees
    Photos were taken in 2013




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    Circa 1912, 1914, 1923
    PARKWAY "A"
    AND THE PARKWAY "A" PARK

    Parkway A runs from 28th & Locust to 31st Street
    At 31st Street, 31st Street becomes South Noyes Parkway
    The children's park is located on Parkway A between 28th & 30th Streets
    Consists of 13 acres located south of Messanie on the parkway
    At one time this small park had a wading pool for the children
    The park now includes a playground, a sledding hill and a backstop
    Photo #1 - Postcard
    Photo #2 - taken in 2013






    PATEE PARK 1960 CELEBRATION
    9th & Penn

    Patee Park bank can be seen in the background




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    PATEE PARK
    PONY EXPRESS PARK
    9th & Penn

    Patee Park is bounded by Seneca, Penn, 9th and 10th streets
    The park has a fountain, playground equipment, antique steam engine on display, a gazebo, shelter and flower gardens
    The park is located across the street from the historic Pony Express Stables
    This park was originally called Patee Park
    The park was renamed to Pony Express park

    Photo #1 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
    Photo #2 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
    Photo #3 - Patee Park fountain - Circa 1900
    Photo #4 - Early view of Patee Park fountain
    Photo #5 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
    Photo #6 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
    Photo #7 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
    Photo #8 - Steam Locomotive information & specs
    Photo #9 - Donation plaque of locomotive to the city
    Photos #10-17 - May 1962 St Joseph Gazette newspaper photos and articles about moving of the loco & tender
    Photos #5-9 taken in 2014 by Rodney Keyes
    Photos #10-17 Newspaper articles scanned and submitted by David Kneib




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    ST JOSEPH REC CENTER
    Southwest Parkway

    This center was created to replace Muchenburger Center
    COST: $55.00 per child for a one year membership

    The Red Center contains the following activities:
    ST JOE FIT - a fitness/recreation/walking program
    FITNESS CLASSES - Cardio & Zumba classes
    ADULT VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL LEAGUES
    YOUTH BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES
    LITTLE BALLERS BASKETBALL: for Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades
    COST: $55.00 per child for a one year membership




    REST SQUARE PARK

    Rest Square Park is a half-acre neighborhood play area in the 2200 block between Vories and Pacific streets




    RIVER BLUFFS PARK

    River Bluffs Park is an undeveloped natural historic area on the Missouri River banks west of Huntoon Road and north of Huston Wyeth Park




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    RIVERFRONT PARK
    Missouri River

    Riverfront Park is located direcly beside the Missouri River north of the city
    Once the home of the "Spirit of St. Joseph" gambling boat
    It has an asphalt riverwalk, historical marker, picnic tables and benches, stage/shelter, patio, concessions and restrooms
    It is directly connected to the Remington Nature Center
    Provides access to paved 3-mile trail spanning scenic Missouri River banks
    Setting for annual city fireworks display
    Scenic lookout points and picnic area




    SEITZ ADDITION PARK

    Seitz Addition Park, located east of U.S. Highway 59 between Esther and Elijah streets. This is a neighborhood play area




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    SMITH PARK
    CIVIC CENTER PARK
    11th & Frederick

    Originally, this park was called Smith Park
    It was named for the original city planner Frederick Smith
    It was the first park dedicated in St. Joseph
    Pictured in photo #19 are Leona Townsend with Pat, Mike and Ramona Townsend
    The name was later changed to Civic Center Park

    Photo #1 - Civic Center Park, originally called Smith Park
    Photo #2 - Dolphins on fountain in Smith Park, now called Civic Center Park
    Photo #3 - Dolphins on fountain in Smith Park, now called Civic Center Park
    Photo #4 - Smith Park viewed from the Francis St Methodist Church bell tower
    Photo #5-16 Taken in 2013 by David Osgood
    Photo #17 - Dolphin fountain in Smith Park
    Photo #18 - Dolphin fountain in Smith Park
    Photo #19 - Civic Center Park with Budweiser white mules before 1955
    Photo #20 - 1926 photo of the new Smith Park
    Photo #21 - Early postcard of Smith Park
    Photo #22 - 1913 postcard of Smith Park

    Photos #5-16 taken in 2013 by David Osgood
    Photo #19 submitted by Butch & Dea Allen




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    SOUTH PARK
    SOFTBALL & HARDBALL FIELDS
    22nd & Commercial

    South Park Softball & Hardball Fields
    These baseball fields serve T-ball, Boys Baseball and Softball leagues

    Photo #1 - 1959 newspaper photo of bad bleachers
    Photo #2 - 1960 newspaper photo of the new bleachers
    Photo #3 - Overview of the field
    Photos #1-2 taken in 2013




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    SOUTH PARK VIADUCT
    19th Street & Southwest Parkway

    This viaduct is located just south of the South Park baseball fields
    It is a continuation of the Southwest Parkway
    The viaduct crosses over Garfield Avenue and the railroad tracks
    The viaduct connects the Southwest Parkway in the South Park area to the Southwest Parkway that continues on toward Hyde Park
    The viaduct is in despair, it is falling apart in 2015 as it is a very old bridge
    R. A. Knapp Construction is replacing the viaduct - it is a 2.8 million dollar project
    Photo #3 is a 2010 photo showing typical pier damage

    Photo #1 - April 2015 photo
    Photo #2 - April 2015 photo
    Photo #3 - 2010 photo - view of typical damage of a pier
    Photo #4 - April 2015 photo
    Photo #5 - April 2015 photo




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    Circa 1939
    SOUTH PARK MUNICIPAL STADIUM
    PHIL WELCH STADIUM
    ST JOSEPH CARDINALS
    ST JOSEPH MUSTANGS
    2500 Southwest Parkway

    The stadium is located at 2500 Southwest Parkway, east of 22nd street
    The stadium was once the home of the St Joseph Cardinals
    It is now the home of the St Joseph Mustangs

    The municipal baseball stadium was constructed in 1939 at a cost of $88,800
    The structure was built by Lehr Construction and Poe Construction

    The structure was built of structual steel and concrete
    It has a seating capacity of 4000-5000 people
    A circular concrete fence built by Materials Company circles the field
    In later years, the stadium was remodeled and renamed Phil Welch Stadium

    This is a field for baseball and softball with seating for 5,000 people, concessions and restrooms
    It is located adjacent to Hoffman Field and the Bode Sports Complex

    In the past, it has been home to rodeos, a circus, wrestling matches and other outdoor activities

    Current cost: $6.50 for general admission and $10.00 for a box seat

    Photo #1 is a 1939 aerial photo of the new $88,800 municipal baseball stadium Photo #8 - Dizzy Dean
    Photo #9 - St Joseph Cardinals memorbilla
    Photo #10 - Aerial view of Phil Welch stadium
    Photo #11 - 1893 St Joseph Saints baseball team
    Photos #9 & 10 submitted by Brooke Hickman




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    SOUTHWEST PARKWAY
    Photos taken south of 11th Street Road

    Southwest Parkway begins at 31st & Renick and ends at Hyde Park

    Photo #1 - Heading South, after you pass 11th Street Road, there is a very sharp curve. Just south of this curve, this bridge once crossed over the parkway. The bridge was used by the Interurban, not locomotives. The bridge was removed after Interurban ceased operation in 1939. When I moved to this area in 1955 we were able to see where the Interurban tracks once were laid
    When a new housing edition was built in the area and all traces of the Interurban path were removed
    Photo #2 - Heading south on the way to Hyde Park, there are a set of S curves winding up a huge hill. This photo shows what the top of the S curves looks like
    Photo #3 - This is the first decline of the S curves heading south towards Hyde Park
    Photo #4 - This is the 2nd set of S curves heading south towards Hyde Park
    Photo #5 - Top of the S curves
    Photo #6 - Top of the S curves
    Photos #2-6 were taken in 2013




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