Abilene in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and Works Progress Administration was the basis for the construction of Abilene's swimming pool, stadium, rose garden, and other buildings located in this park. This park project under the WPA was one of thirty such projects over the state sponsored by the federal government.
Construction of the swimming pool, later labeled by experts as "the finest pool in the state of Kansas," was begun December of 1936 with sixty men working four days a week. These men used shovels and wheelbarrows to dig out the pool area and horses to haul the dirt away. A second and third stone quarry had to be located on area farms as they ran out of natural stone putting up the park buildings.
As construction of the swimming pool neared completion, the stadium was started. Due to changes in plans being made after appropriations and bonds were secured, money was unavailable to complete the stadium with a roof, as had been planned. The pool and stadium were completed in 1937 and 1938 respectively.
In June of 1944, this 40 acre park was dedicated to Dwight D. Eisenhower and has since been known as Eisenhower Park. It was from the park stadium on June 6, 1952, that General Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his candidacy for President.
A portion of Eisenhower
Erected 1976 by Abilene Bicentennial Project. (Marker Number 5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 38° 55.237′ N, 97° 13.726′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Kansas, in Dickinson County. Marker is on North Pine Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Markers are on the west facade of Abilene Stadium, in Eisenhower Park. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene KS 67410, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harold J. Royer Band Shell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Army of the Republic (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); C. H. Lebold Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Site of First Settlers' Home (approx. half a mile away); J. E. Johntz Home (approx. half a mile away); Hotel Sunflower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); United Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
Also see . . .
1. Abilene City Park Historic District NRHP Nomination (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Brief Bio of Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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