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My Krug Park section has grown so large, it has it's own section
KRUG PARK SECTION

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


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The St. Joseph Park and Parkway System is a connected group of parks and park system drives, running generally north/south from Krug Park on the north to Hyde Park on the south.
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, the St Joseph 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 with the exception of the Trail Watcher vehicles

Photo #1 - Complete map of the St Joseph Boulevard System
Photo #2 - Map of the St Joseph bike and walking trails



Contributing Sites and Construction dates
Contributing System drives and Construction dates
Contributing Bridges and Construction dates
Contributing Structures and Construction dates

Contributing Sites and construction dates
  • KRUGPARK Park 1902; 1919-37
  • CORBY GROVE Park 1924
  • CORBY GROVE POND
  • NOYES ATHLETIC FIELD Park 1923-1933
  • BARTLETT PARK Park 1908; 1921
  • FAIRVIEW GOLF COURSE 1922-1924; 1958
  • COMMERCIAL PARK Park 1921; 1937
  • KING HILL OVERLOOK Park 1927-28; 1935
  • HYDE PARK Park 1915; 1921-43; 1950
    Contributing Park System drives and construction dates
  • NORTHWEST PARKWAY Park system drive 1921; 1926-27
  • NORTHEAST PARKWAY Park system drive 1921; 1926-27
  • CORBY PARKWAY Park system drive 1921 1924; 1926-27
  • MAPLE LEAF BOULEVARD Park system drive 1921 1924; 1926-27
  • NOYES BOULEVARD Park system drive 1912; 1914; 1921
  • PARKWAY A Park system drive 1912-1914; 1923
  • SOUTHWEST PARKWAY Park system drive 1921; 1926-27
  • KING HILL DRIVE Park system drive 1921; 1927-31
  • KRUG PARK DRIVE Park system drive 1928
  • HYDE PARK DRIVE Park system drive 1925-28
    Contributing Bridges and construction dates
  • Lover's Lane Bridge (at Northwest Parkway) 1926-27
  • Woodburn Road Bridge (at Northwest Parkway) 1926-27
  • 22nd Street Bridge (at Corby Parkway) 1926-27
  • 18th Street/Lover's Lane Bridge (at Corby Parkway) 1926-27
  • 13th Street Bridge (at Corby Parkway) 1926-27
  • llth Street Bridge (at Corby Parkway) 1926-27
  • Small Bridge (connects Walnut St to SW Parkway) 1926-27 Bridge
  • Culvert, at extension of Plattsburg Road) 1926-1927
  • 2nd Street Bridge (at King Hill Drive) 1928
    Contributing Structures and construction dates
  • The Refectory (Castle at Krug Park) 1922
  • Children's Circus (at Krug Park) 1921-22
  • Krug Park Lagoon (at Krug Park) 1928
  • Krug Park Amphitheater [bowl] (at Krug Park) 1926
  • Krug Park Tunnel (at Krug Park) 1928
  • Stadium & track (at Noyes Athletic Field) 1930-38
  • Phil Welch Stadium (at Southwest Parkway) 1937-38
  • Tennis Building (at Noyes Athletic Field) 1935






  • Circa 2006
    St Joseph Parkway Volunteer Trail Watchers

    To help deter crime and keep an eye on the trail system, the Police Department recruits the help of volunteers for its Trail Watch program.
    Richard Swails, shown in the photo above, is a trail watch volunteer who has been patrolling the parkway for seven years.
    The volunteers are not armed and they are not police officers. They are just observers. They are there just to watch and patrol the trails. Their presence has proved to be helpful
    The trail watch program has been active for 10 years
    Many volunteers are retirees who enjoy donating their time to a worthwhile program






    Circa 1932
    LILAC BUSHES
    Northeast Parkway near Ashland

    In 1932 numerous Lilac Bushes were planted on the south side of Northeast Parkway, just west of where the parkway meets the southern part of Ashland Avenue
    The bushes were planted in 1932 by the St Joseph Garden Club
    Over the years, all of the Lilac bushes have now disappeared
    I can remember seeing them in the 1960's






    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 pavillion 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
    Photo #30 - Baseball Field
    Photo #31 - Baseball Field
    Photo #32 - Bartlett Park Pavillion
    Photo #33 - Removal of a dangerous sliding board
    Photo #34 - Removal of unsightly roadway
    Photo #35 - Stone pavillion atop Bartlett Park
    Photo #36 - Article on the history of Bartlett Park




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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

    In August 2016, the stone pillars in the skater statue are were removed and replaced with large boulders

    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 - 19 Photos of the new large stones
    Photo #20 - Old photo looking north from south bank
    Photo #21 - January 2017 photo

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




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    EAGLES BALL PARK
    AND DOG PARK
    2300 Marion to the Parkway

    This park has 2 baseball fields, small bleachers, a parking lot that will hold about 50 cars and also has a large fenced in dog park that people may let their dogs run together
    In 2014 the fenced in Dog Park was created just east of the Eagles Ball Park which runs from Marion to the Corby Pond 3 way intersection
    The last I heard, there is a $5 per year fee for using the dog park
    The main entrance to the dog park is located in the parking lot, about a block south of Marion
    A new parking lot for both was created
    In September 2016, this brick structure was built and a large sign was added






    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
    Photo #7 - A very old Goetz Ballpark sign

    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
    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, then the parkway continues north to Krug Park
    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




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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" CHILDREN'S PARK
    AND WADING POOL

    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
    Photo #3 - Newspaper photo






    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
    Photo #18 - A fall festival celebration in Patee Park
    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 was located just south of the South Park baseball fields
    It was a continuation of the Southwest Parkway
    The viaduct crossed over Garfield Avenue and the railroad tracks
    The viaduct connected the Southwest Parkway in the South Park area to the Southwest Parkway that continues on toward Hyde Park
    The viaduct was in despair, it was falling apart in 2015 as it is a very old bridge
    The city decided to replace the viaduct rather than repairing it
    R. A. Knapp Construction replaced the viaduct - it is a 2.8 million dollar project
    The viaduct was drastically shortened and narrowed due to the walking trail added to one side
    Upon completion, numerous defects and settling had already occured
    The company assured the city that the problems will be repaired
    Photo #3 is a 2010 photo showing typical pier damage
    Photos #34 & 35 - New asphalt has been applied June 2017, the center section was elevated higher than the pavement

    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

    Photos #A,B,C - 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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