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Circa 1918
Brief History & Facts about the

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

(Listed in alphabetical order)

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Circa 1908 & 1921
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
Photo #39 - 1984 St Joseph News Press photo/article
Photo #40 - 1986 St Joseph News Press photograph

Circa 1947
Noyes Boulevard

In 1947, this soap box derby was held on Noyes Boulevard between Mulberry & Francis

Circa 1950
Near Hyde Park

The 5th annual Soap Box Derby, held near Hyde Park
1950 St Joseph News Press advertisement

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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

  • 1910 Robinson's report recommends this site for park use.
  • 1912 George Kessler's plans for a parks system in St. Joseph.
  • 1912 A park connected by a boulevard/drive at this site is planned.
  • 1920 Alley land was vacated in King Hill Addition.
  • 1921 Land obtained for a roadway leading from SW Parkway to the hill.
  • 1927 Contract created between S.J. Water Co and the parks dept.
  • 1927 Road constructed on the Water Company's property on King Hill.
  • 1928 Bridge constructed which permits travel to top of hill.
  • 1929 Cave-ins and earth slides hamper construction of road around hill.
  • 1931 Additional land purchased to continue building roadway.
  • 1969 King's Hill Site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Entrance is from Southwest Parkway, south of Mansfield Road. Half mile drive leads to site roughly bounded by 1st Street on the east, Fleeman on the south, and Lookout on the west.
    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 covers 13 acres and was 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

    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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    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

    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

    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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    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

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    CORBY POND (Corby Grove)
    Corby Parkway
    Northeast Parkway
    Northwest Parkway
    Mapleleaf Parkway

  • 1844 John Corby purchased the 80 acres later known as Corby Grove.
  • 1916 George Burnap's plans includes the purchase of Corby Grove.
  • 1921 Corby Grove is seen as one of the most essential parts.
  • 1921 Detractors of the proposed plan object primarily to Corby Grove.
  • 1922 City's valuation of Corby Grove property protested.
  • 1924 City wins Supreme Court decision in damage assessment.
  • 1924 Owners of condemned property destroy 200 giant forest trees.
  • 1924 Purchase of the 60 acre tract continues.
  • 1926 Corby Grove to be enlarged to 100 acres.
  • 1928 Corby Pond construction and repair completed.
  • 1930 Extensive native tree planting program includes Corby Grove.
  • 1931 Sewer ruptures under Corby Pond, draining the lake.
    Sewer ruptures beneath Corby Pond occur every decade or so

    Corby Pond is located just east of 22nd St and Northwest Parkway
    A total of 4 Parkway roads converge in this area:
    #1 - From Corby Grove to South Ashland Avenue/Noyes Boulevard
    #2 - From Corby Grove to Krug Park/St Joseph Avenue
    #3 - From Corby Grove to North Ashland Avenue/Lovers Lane
    #4 - From Corby Grove to Maple Leaf Parkway/St Joseph Avenue

    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
    In 2019, someone stole the lead skater, breaking one foot off. The city is currently trying to replace 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 #17 - Jan 3, 1922 St Joseph Newspress Photo
    Photo #18 - Dec 18, 1926 St Joseph Newspress Photo
    Photo #19 - Dec 18, 1926 St Joseph Newspress article about photo #18
    Photo #20 - February 1971 - Ice Skating at Corby Pond
    Photo #21 - 1980 News Press photograph
    Photo #22 - January 2, 1938, St Joseph Newspress Photo
    Photo #23 - January 2, 1938, St Joseph Newspress Photo
    Photo #31 - Dec 1978 new Corby dock installed, News Press photograph
    Photo #32 - 1967 SJ Gazette photo - 30 lb catfish caught in Corby Pond
    Photo #33 - 1970 - Corby Pond opens for ice skating

    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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    Circa 1927

  • 1912 George Kessler's plan includes a drive from Marion to Ashland.
  • 1917 George Burnap's park plan does not include a "northeast" parkway.
  • 1921 Burnap's revised plans include a N.E. parkway from Corby Grove.
  • 1921 The ordinance for a Northeast Parkway is passed.
  • 1925 "Series F" Certificates issued to finance the Northeast Parkway.
  • 1926 Grading work had begun on the new Northeast Parkway.
  • 1927 Official opening of the parkway system in December.
  • Northeast Parkway has its southwestern terminus in Corby Grove, where it intersects with Northwest Parkway at approximately 26th Street just south of Marion. It heads in a northeasterly direction for eight tenths of a mile to Ashland Avenue between Dale and Summit. The roadbed is situated in a draw, with the landscape sloping upwards on either side. The lowest point of elevation is at the intersection with Northwest Parkway; the road rises approximately 100 feet to the Ashland Avenue intersection.
    The curving and dipping roadway presents a variety of driving experiences in it's short distance. In some areas, the woodland is maintained right up to the road edge, with the large deciduous trees providing a shady overhang. In other areas, the woods open up to gentle grassy slopes with occasional large trees scattered about. The street lights are tall, modern standards, but are fairly widely spaced. There is no curbing on the road edge. A few houses are visible along the drive, but on the whole, the scenery is quite rural in feeling.
    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

    Circa 1927

  • 1912 Kessler's plan includes a drive from Krug park 26th and Marion.
  • 1917 Burnap's plan shows a drive from Krug Park to Corby Grove.
  • 1921 Condemnation ordinance for Northwest Parkway is passed.
  • 1924 City wins Supreme Court decision damage for Corby Grove.
  • 1924 Can now move forward on Corby Grove.
  • 1924 Connecting Parkways - Corby Grove, Northeast, and Northwest.
  • 1925 Certificates issued for parks includes Northwest Parkway.
  • 1926 Burnap's plans show a more naturalistic route to Krug Park.
  • 1926 Detailed site plans prepared by W. L. Skoglund.
  • 1926 Grading work begun on roadway.
  • 1927 Official opening of the parkway system in December.
    Northwest Parkway has its northern terminus on St. Joseph Avenue just east of the entrance to Krug Park. It travels in a southeasterly direction to Corby Grove, where it intersects with Northeast Parkway at approximately 26th Street just south of Marion. At this point, the two parkways join and travel a short distance to a "Y" intersection with Corby Parkway.
    At the northwestern end of the parkway is the Northside Complex, a 25 acre site from Karnes Road to Randolph on the south between St. Joseph Avenue and the former railroad tracks on the east. This highly developed recreational area across from Krug Park contains concession stands and restrooms, swimming pool, 3 lighted tennis courts, 2 lighted handball courts, a lighted softball field, 2 unlighted ballfields, 2 shuffleboard courts, 4 horseshoe courts, playground area, and parking lots.
    The road curves through this complex, but serves more as drive for the complex rather than a parkway. The drive crosses over 1he former Great Western railroad tracks and heads northeast for a very short distance to a "Y" intersection with Ferndale. Mature evergreens provide screening along a portion of the drive.
    Some maps refer to this section of the parkway from Krug Park as "Krug Park Avenue". Northwest Parkway heads due south from this intersection around a high point, then back to a general southeasterly direction. To the north of the parkway is a high ridge contained in the forty acre tract of native woodland.
    A trail leads through the voods to various high points and past limestone outcroppings. To the south of the drive, the land drops off, and views of St. Joseph can be seen through occasional breaks in the trees.

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    Circa 1922-1924, 1958
    33rd & Pacific

  • 1922 40 acre tract leased for new municipal golf course.
  • 1922 Nine hole course laid out by W.K. Seitz, City engineer.
  • 1922 5 year lease and purchase option golf course land.
  • 1924 Construction of 18 holes completed.
  • 1929 Funds for construction of club house appropriated.
  • 1937 Federal grant of $7000.00 for rebuilding course.
  • 1938 Clubhouse partially burned.
  • 1940 Clubhouse burned down.
  • 1941 New clubhouse completed.
  • 1957 Purchased 35.8 acres in various tracts.
  • 1958 Sold 17.34 acres to State Highway Dept.
  • 1958 Lost holes 10 and 13 and clubhouse in sale.
  • 1958 Moved maintenance shop to present site.
  • 1958 New clubhouse constructed.
  • Fairview Golf Course is a well-maintained, 18 hole public golf course, located southeast of Highway 36 and Southwest Parkway. The par 72 course has eight par 4's, five par 5's, and five par 3's. The main entrance is off of Southwest Parkway, with the entry drive leading from the northwest corner of the site to the clubhouse. The clubhouse is a one-story, T-shaped brick building with cross-gable roof.
    Exposed protruding beams are under the overhanging boxed eaves. A shed-roof porch is on the southwest corner, providing protection for golfers waiting to tee off. The windows are triple-hung, 1/1/1 with shutters. Northwest of the clubhouse are two asphalt parking lots, separated by a short drive. Leading east out of the parking lot is another drive to a secondary entrance/exit on 33rd Street. To the east of the clubhouse is the greenskeeper's residence.
    The site contains many mature trees, and is surrounded by chain link fence. The putting green is southeast of the clubhouse and the practice range is between hole #1 and #6 green. Asphalt cart paths lead from the clubhouse in all directions.
    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
    Photo #3 - Sept 2, 1940 St Joseph News Press photo, Fairview Clubhouse burns down


    The Fort Smith section is so large it has it's own section


    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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    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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    Circa 1900
    11th & Grand Avenue
    5th Avenue & 12th Street
    5th Avenue & 12th Street
    11th & Grand Avenue
    11th & Grand Avenue

    This is Softball's forgotten landmark
    The old Goetz softball field was once known as Plummers Park
    In later years, it was known as Seven-Up Field
    Since 1900, it has been either a softball or baseball field
    It was later called Grand Avenue Ballfield
    It is currently called Northside's Lions Baseball Field
    The ballfield is located at 11th and Grand Avenue with Corby Parkway nearby
    It is now a youth baseball field with concessions and restrooms
    Corby Parkway changes to Maple Leaf Parkway at 11th Street
    Back in the days when softball in St Joseph was in it's infancy, powerhouse clubs like Swifts and Mokin and the old Goetz teams along with the Burlington Zephyers and Swaffords teams called it home.

    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 Parkway 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 - 1945 News Press Advertisement
    Photo #8 - The Neon Goetz Field sign
    Photo #9 - 1971 News-Press photograph

    Photos #2-6 were taken in 2013

    Pickett Road & Hillside Lane

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

    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, 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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    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
    4th & Hyde Park Avenue

  • 1894 180 hard maple trees are set out in rows.
  • 1910 Charles Mulford Robinson's plans includes Hyde Park.
  • 1912 George Kessler's plans for the park system includes Hyde Park.
  • 1915 10 acres donated by Calvin A. & Mollie Hyde.
  • 1916 Burnap's plans for enlarging Hyde Park to 94 acres.
  • 1921 Land condemned for addition to original tract.
  • 1921 Plans for Hyde Park include for it to contain a zoo.
  • 1924 Two new tennis courts constructed.
  • 1925 Land was purchased from Hyde, increases park to 100 acres.
  • 1925 Pool designed by W.K. Seitz and construction completed.
  • 1925 Sewer pipe laid in a portion of Hyde Park.
  • 1925 The southwest portion, previously left natural, was cleaned up.
  • 1925 Olmsted Brothers report is against locating a zoo in Hyde Park.
  • 1926 Final payment made on park lands for Hyde Park.
  • 1927 A one mile drive through Hyde Park is proposed.
  • 1929 Additional sewers are built in low-lying areas.
  • 1930 Extensive tree planting program throughout the park system.
  • 1936 A camel attacks John Hane, caretaker, causing injuries.
  • 1936 This resulted in the eventual removal of animals from the parks.
  • 1940 Suspension bridge constructed over park drive.
  • 1955 New swimming pool constructed.
    Hyde Park Drive (the drive through the park) begins at the northwest corner entrance, just south of where South Parkway intersects with Hyde Park Avenue. The drive rises up and curves to the east, where it follows a limestone outcropping on the north.
    A stone retaining wall lines a portion of this drive. Part of this drive travels over a stone bridge. The bridge crosses over a depression which has stone steps leading through it.
    Immediately to the south of the outcropping (the northwest section of the park) is a picnic area. Modern picnic tables and shelters are situated among the mature deciduous trees.
    Also dotted throughout this area are numerous low square and circular brick structures with concrete caps. Metal barrel trash cans and outdoor cooking ovens are also provided. Modern play equipment is located at approximately the terminus of 7th Street, fairly close to two parking areas.
    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
    At one time, back in 1926, Hyde Park had a small zoo.
    It took nearly four years to convince the public of the plan's worth and to begin the condemnation and purchase of the rest of the land for Hyde Park. In 1926, the final payment for the Hyde Park property was made, and its boundaries have remained intact since that time. One of the selling points for the entire parks system was the provision for a zoo. Hyde Park was the proposed location of this zoo. However, not wishing to alienate the surrounding residents, the Board was quick to point out that Hyde Park would also contain ample provision for playgrounds.
    It is somewhat interesting to note that these early discussions of the zoo emphasized that there would not be a great variety in the animals displayed, but that the focus would be on showing them in natural habitats. The plans included a buffalo run, a deer park, cages for bears, and a sea lion area.
    In 1926, the Olmsted Brothers, a landscape architectural firm from Massachusetts, prepared a report for the Parks Board which strongly advised against locating the zoo in Hyde Park. One of the problems with the site was its low-lying character and the associated dampness. Eventually however, animals were kept in Hyde Park, but were removed after a tragic incident in 1936 when the caretaker, John C. Hane, was injured by a camel
    Burnap's revised park system plans of 1924 designated the location for a municipal swimming pool in the park. Designed by the city engineer, William K. Seitz, it was completed in 1925. This pool was eventually replaced in 1955. In 2018, this pool has now been closed due to problems and may be removed completely.

  • 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
    Photo #24 - 1942 20,000 Easter eggs planted in Hyde Park
    Photo #38 - Dec 18, 1936 St Joseph News Press article about the camel attack
    Photo #39 - June 1949 St Joseph news press photo Hyde Pool opening
    Photos #6-22 were taken in 2013

    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 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

    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

    The Krug Park section is so large it has it's own section


    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

    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 Parkway
    Maple Leaf Parkway 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
    The Chicago Great Western railroad yards are on the left
    In 1927, these yards held over 700 cars
    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
    Photo #14 - Looking north, 5th Avenue viaduct in distant view
    Photo #15 - East side of the parkway, near Pendelton street

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    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, 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
    500 Sycamore Street

    Originally this was once Muchenberger Wallpaper & Paint

    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
    Photo #6 - Feb 3, 1928 Newspress photo - Muchenberger Wallpaper & Paint fire

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    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
    Photo #3 - 1966 Mark Robreau & his brother at Krug Pool

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    Circa 1921

    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

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

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    Circa 1912

  • 1912 Plans lays out path of Noyes Boulevard from Ashland to Messanie.
  • 1912 Condemnation proceedings begin for Noyes.
  • 1912 Grading begins on Noyes.
  • 1914 Defeat of Prospect Park case leads park board to concentrate on Noyes.
  • 1914 Plans for grading worked on.
  • 1914 4,000 elms purchased; majority planted along Noyes.
  • 1921 Additional elms planted along Noyes
  • 1921 4,000 shrubs on south side.
  • 1925 Landscape firm recommends eliminating 2 of 3 rows of trees on Noyes.
  • 1930 Noyes Boulevard resurfaced
  • Noyes Boulevard follows 28th Street for a majority of it's length. It runs north/south, and this section has its northern terminus at Sherman Avenue, and southern terminus at Messanie.
    Parkway A connects this section of Noyes Boulevard (28th Street) to another short section to the east, which follows 31st Street. This portion of Noyes Boulevard has its northern terminus at Patee, and its southern terminus at Bartlett Park (Renick)
    The old railroad bridge was located at Noyes & Messanie Street
    Over the years, many trucks had gotten struck the low bridge
    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

    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 1921
    Circa 1933

  • 1921 Playground apparatus installed.
  • 1921 Walks constructed which connect with Noyes Boulevard.
  • 1922 Land for Athletic field leased.
  • 1923 Purchase began of 24 acres.
  • 1923 Various tracts were purchased until 1933.
  • 1924 Grading started for major features of park.
  • 1925 Pool completed in summer during heat wave.
  • 1925 Construction of tennis courts started.
  • 1928 New slide installed at pool.
  • 1929 Construction began on grandstand; additional grading, sodding.
  • 1931 Leased to St. Louis Cardinals' Western League baseball team.
  • Noyes Athletic Field is bounded by Edmond on the north, Noyes Boulevard on the east, Messanie on the south, and 26th Street on the west.
    In 1923, plans indicated a 1/4 mile track, football field, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and a swimming pool "at least one hundred feet long".
    In 1924, the bath house, costing around $20,000, was nearly completed.
    The swimming pool was to have a concrete base, capacity of 1,500,000 gallons, 44,000 square feet of surface (more than an acre). There were four diving boards, slides, water horses, and water basketballs. 10 foot diving ladders, "the latest thing in diving apparatus", were also provided.
    The setting for the pool at 26th and Angelique was considered particularly striking because of the high banks on the north side. Although a high wire fence was to be erected around the pool, it was to be set 40 to 50 feet back, leaving a "parkway" for landscaping.
    A modern pool has since replaced the original, which was larger. However, the current pool is in the same approximate location.
    Tennis court construction began in 1926. The contract for the ballpark grandstand was granted to Lawhon Construction Company in 1929, and grading and sodding of the ball diamonds continued that year. The stadium was complete enough by 1930 for the city to vigorously woe a Western League baseball team of the St. Louis Cardinals.
    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
    Photos 1-3 taken in 2013 by David Osgood

    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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    Circa 1928
    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

  • 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
    Photo #14 - March 1946 News Press photograph
    Photo #15 - June 1949 News Press photograph

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    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

    Parkway "A" is important as a particular type of landscape; more specifically, as a particular type of drive - the parkway. The majority of St. Joseph's park drives were to be parkways, not formal boulevards. What makes Parkway A unique in St. Joseph is that is actually part of the only formal treatment of Noyes Boulevard
    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 - July 9,1950 St Joseph News Press photograph
    Photo #6 - May 16, 1965 St Joseph News Press photograph

    9th & Penn

    Patee Park bank can be seen in the background

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    Circa 1913

    The monument stands in Patee Park in Saint Joseph
    across from the Pony Express Museum

    It was erected in memory of the birth of the Pony Express

    The dedication ceremony for the monument, which occurred on April 3, 1913, included Pony Express riders such as
    "Buffalo Bill" (William F. Cody), "Cyclone" Thompson, and Charlie Cliff

    The monument reads:
    This monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution
    and the city of St. Joseph, marks the place were the
    first Pony Express Started on April 3, 1860-1912

    Photo #1 - the April 3, 1913 dedication
    Photo #2 - a current photo submitted by Terry McGinnis
    Photo #3 - Circa 1913 photo
    Photo #4 - 1913 St Joseph News Press photo Patee Park ceremony

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    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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    The Southwest Extension of the Southwest Parkway

  • 1910 Robinson's plan shows a drive from Bartlett Park to Hyde Park.
  • 1912 Kessler's plan of 1912 for the parks system includes two drives.
  • 1912 One drive from Bartlett Park which terminate in Hyde Park.
  • 1912 The 2nd drive was a different path.
  • 1917 George Burnap's plan, a drive from Bartlett Park to Hyde Park.
  • 1917 This plan was approximately the present route.
  • 1921 Condemnation ordinance for Southwest Parkway is passed.
  • 1925 Certificates issued for parks, including Southwest Parkway.
  • 1926 Burnap's revised plans reflect the route as constructed.
  • 1926 Detailed site plans prepared by W. L. Skoglund.
  • 1926 Grading work begun on roadway.
  • 1927 Official opening of the parkway system in December.
  • 1929 Lighting of the parkways was undertaken.
  • 1930 An extensive tree planting program carried out.
  • Southwest Parkway is the longest parkway in the St. Joseph system of drives and parks. As such, it provides a variety of scenic experiences as it passes several recreational areas.
    The northern terminus begins at the southern edge of Bartlett Park (approximately 31st Street). It curves and meanders almost four and a half miles to the southwest until it ends at Hyde Park
    At the time of construction, the area from Bartlett to Hyde was primarily a farming district. There had been some grade and watershed problems, which were greatly improved by the construction of the southwest extension. From Bartlett, the road followed a dry water bed, formerly a branch of Whitehead Creek. It traversed a 20 acre tract then known as the "Betts Beardsley Woods." which contained native timber.
    Another wooded section was situated east of 28th and north of Commercial. It was to be left in its natural state of "bluegrasses and great forest trees." Lighting of the parkways was undertaken in 1929, and an extensive tree planting program carried out in 1930. Since that period, work on the Southwest Parkway has primarily been maintenance - resurfacing, grass sowing, and tree and light replacement.

    Photo #10 - 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 Interurban ceased operation in 1939, the bridge was removed sometime after 1979
    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 #11 - 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 #12 - This is the first decline of the S curves heading south towards Hyde Park
    Photo #13 - This is the 2nd set of S curves heading south towards Hyde Park
    Photo #14 - Top of the S curves
    Photo #15 - Top of the S curves
    Photo #16 - Looking northward towards the Interurban bridge in 1979
    Photos #11-15 were taken in 2013
    Photo #16 Submitted by Mark Robreau

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    Southwest Parkway

    This center was created to replace Muchenburger Center
    Membership is required: $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
    LITTLE BALLERS BASKETBALL: for Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades
    COST: $55.00 per child for a one year membership


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


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

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    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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    Softball & Hardball Fields
    Southwest Parkway

  • 1916 Burnap's plans indicate a park to the east of 22nd Street
  • 1916 Built in the present location instead of east of 22nd St
  • 1921 Plans revised for South Park to be located in its present location.
  • 1921 The twelve acres will be known as "Commercial Park".
  • 1921 Commercial Park is owned by the railroad.
  • 1921 Commercial Park is proposed for condemnation,later purchased.
  • 1925 Sewer line is laid, allowing for development of the low-lying land.
  • Since St. Joseph was of a moderate size and the proposed park system was so extensive, this was basically the only park of its type which Burnap recommended.
    In the other congested areas of town, if a small neighborhood park was not already owned by the city, it was generally not possible to purchase acreage for a new park or playground. A few parks did exist in the congested neighborhoods, but these were not connected to the rest of the system of parkways. Thus South Park is significant as the only park of its type designed for the new system of boulevards.
    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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    Circa 1929
    19th Street & Southwest Parkway

    This viaduct is located just south of the South Park baseball fields
    The original viaduct had 19 spans, the new one has 3 spans
    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
    Photo #38 - Southwest Parkway bridge reopens May 23, 2016

    Circa 1929

    Whitehead Creek is located just south and west of the Garfield Viaduct
    Back when I lived in the area, 1956-1958, a friend and me used to catch crawdaddys using a piece of liver and a string
    Photo #1 - July 1935 St Joseph NewsPress/Gazette photo

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    Circa 1939
    2500 Southwest Parkway
    2500 Southwest Parkway
    2500 Southwest Parkway
    2500 Southwest Parkway
    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 Saints and St Joseph Cardinals
    It is currently 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
    Hall of Fame players like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays played games there while rising through the ranks
    Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, also known as Jerome Herman Dean, was an American professional baseball player.
    He was signed by a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League that fall and began his professional career the following year with their Western League farm team in St. Joseph, Missouri. Dean compiled a remarkable 17-8 record at St. Joseph
    He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Browns.
    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 - 1939 aerial photo, new $88,800 baseball stadium
    Photo #5 - 1948 St Joseph Cardinals Advertisement
    Photo #6 - 1949 St Joseph Cardinals Advertisement
    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
    Photo #12 - Mickey Mantle playing at Phil Welch stadium
    Photo #13 - 1941 NewsPress advertisement for Saints Vs Browns
    Photo #14 - 1949 St Joseph Cardinals VS Salina Blue Jays
    Photos #9 & 10 submitted by Brooke Hickman


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    Rick Drozd

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