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Swope Park

 
 
Swope Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
1. Swope Park Marker
Inscription.
Bing Crosby once played in a golf tournament here for the American War Dads. Boulder climbers can often be seen challenging its rock formations. And the strains of celebrity singers can be heard in the air all summer long (between the roar of lions and tigers).

This is Swope Park, the second largest city park in the nation. From 1,334 acres donated by Colonel Thomas H. Swope in 1866, the park has grown to a massive 1,769 acres, and is now home to some of Kansas Cityís best entertainment destinations.

First and foremost are the Kansas City Zoo and IMAX screen, popular family spots all year long. During the summer, crowds regularly fill the 7,000 seats at Starlight Outdoor Theatre to see great Broadway performances and special musical guests. Frisbee enthusiasts call the Frisbee Golf Course at Swope one of the best in the area, and the two mature public golf courses offer their share of challenges and scenic views. Walking trails criss-cross the park, and there are plenty of quiet corners to picnic or just read a book.

The park has its own place in the history books as well. Before Colonel Swope donated this large tract of land to the city, it was a battleground for the Civil War. When you visit, be sure to look for markers scattered all throughout the park describing the many historic battles that took place
Swope Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
2. Swope Park Marker
here. And donít forget to stop and say “thank you” to Col. Swope himself. Per his wishes, he was buried at a memorial right in the park.
 
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number C3.)
 
Location. 39° 18.999′ N, 94° 41.921′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Click for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk C3, in Economy Parking Lot C, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All That Jazz (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Hart Benton (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark (about 500 feet away); The Garment District (about 700 feet away); On The River (about 800 feet away); The Pony Express (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweet Tooth (approx. 0.2 miles away); One of KC's Oldest (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
 
Also see . . .
1. Swope Park.
Swope Park Marker Artwork image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
3. Swope Park Marker Artwork
(Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Starlight Theater at Swope Park. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEntertainmentMan-Made Features
 
Economy Parking Lot C Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Economy Parking Lot C Entrance
<i>Zoo Building, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
5. Zoo Building, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.
<i>Bear, Swope Park Zoo, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by Curteich, 1939
6. Bear, Swope Park Zoo, Kansas City, Mo.
<i>Pergola, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
7. Pergola, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.
<i>Shelter House, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
8. Shelter House, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.
<i>Shelter House and Sunken Gardens, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
9. Shelter House and Sunken Gardens, Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo.
<i>Swope Park Lagoon, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
10. Swope Park Lagoon, Kansas City, Mo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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