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Rice Park

 
 
Rice Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
1. Rice Park Marker
Inscription. The scene of circuses, celebrations, and concerts, and seven years older than New York's famous Central Park, this land was designated a "public square" in 1849 by John R. Irvine, a territorial pioneer, and Henry M. Rice, territorial delegate and United States senator after statehood. Rice, for whom the park was named, was a native of Vermont who arrived at Fort Snelling in 1839. In addition to the offices he held, he was active in the fur trade and served as an intermediary in treaty negotiations with the Sioux and Chippewa Indians.

The park was little used and largely uncared for until 1860 when Mayor John S. Prince procured shade trees to enhance the grounds. In 1872, summer evening concerts were initiated by the Great Western Band, and a year later a pair of squirrels was given for the park as a gesture of goodwill by the chief of police in Memphis, Tennessee. Among the many notable events celebrated in Rice Park was the 1883 reception held to mark the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The fete was attended by President Chester A. Arthur, General Ulysses S. Grant, and General William T. Sherman.

Erected by the City Planning Board of St. Paul, June, 1969

 
Erected 1969 by the City Planning Board of St. Paul.
 
Location.
Rice Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
2. Rice Park Marker
44° 56.675′ N, 93° 5.825′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker can be reached from West 4th Street west of North Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 West 4th Street, Saint Paul MN 55102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Saint Paul Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The James J. Hill Reference Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Hamm's Bear (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of Saint Paul (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church of Saint Louis, King of France (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Reverend Lucien Galtier (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Paul.
 
Also see . . .  The Source. City of St. Paul. "[Alonzo] Hauser created this statue, donated by the Women’s Institute of Saint Paul, to combine the city's historical past with the contemporary spirit of the day." (Submitted on May 9, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Rice Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
3. Rice Park and Marker
Rice Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
4. Rice Park and Marker
Rice Park along Market Street image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
5. Rice Park along Market Street
Marker is at the left side of the photo.
Rice Park Peanuts Sculptures image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
6. Rice Park Peanuts Sculptures
Saint Paul is the birthplace of Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
Rice Park Renovation 2000 Donor Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
7. Rice Park Renovation 2000 Donor Plaque
Park Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
8. Park Plaques
The Source
Miss Eva Jones Plaque in Park image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
9. Miss Eva Jones Plaque in Park
Nearby Mississippi River image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
10. Nearby Mississippi River
[2 blocks from park]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 994 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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