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Smith - Burke Park

 
 
Smith - Burke Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2012
1. Smith - Burke Park Marker
Inscription.

Circa 1858, after tracks were laid through California, the Missouri Pacific Railroad built the Central Hotel to house railroad employees. Later, Dr. J.P. Burke, a local doctor who practiced medicine in California for about 50 years, purchased the property and resided in the structure along with his family, which maintained residency until 1968. The property was purchased in 1990 by California Progress, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to the future of California, Missouri, in order to build a park in memory of the Central Hotel and Dr. J.P. Burke for their contributions to the community.

California Progress, Inc. wishes to thanks the following for their generous donations to this project:

Dr. Jack Child Ida Margeret Eitzen Leslie E. Morginson-Eitzen Jana Beale Morgana
 
Erected by California Progress, Inc.
 
Location. 38° 37.727′ N, 92° 34.037′ W. Marker is in California, Missouri, in Moniteau County. Marker is on Versailles Avenue west of Oak Street (Missouri Route 87), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: California MO 65018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farmers and Traders Bank
Smith - Burke Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2012
2. Smith - Burke Park Marker
Looking NNW across Railroad Avenue
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); California Aurora School Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eisenhower Green Ash (approx. half a mile away); Moniteau County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away).
 
Also see . . .
1. California, Missouri - Parks & Pools. (Submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. About California, Missouri. (Submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Smith - Burke Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2012
3. Smith - Burke Park and Marker
Looking west, with Versailles Avenue on left and Railroad Avenue on right
Central Hotel Drawing on Smith - Burke Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deborah Billups, undated
4. Central Hotel Drawing on Smith - Burke Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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