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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mira Lloyd Dock Residence

 
 
Mira Lloyd Dock Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. Mira Lloyd Dock Residence Marker
Inscription. Perhaps the single-most important event that would trigger the public's embrace of Harrisburg's City Beautiful movement was the speech given on the evening of December 20, 1900, to the Harrisburg Board of Trade by social reformer and environmentalist Mira Lloyd Dock (1853-1945). Dock, who was born and raised in Harrisburg, formed a collaboration in the 1890's with noted Harrisburg printer and horticulturalist, J. Horace McFarland, to spearhead a new environmental consciousness, which established Harrisburg as one of the first national models for urban beautification and civic enhancement. With a background in the study of biology both in America and Europe, Dock's sensitivity to nature and ecology was applied to the Harrisburg "experiment." Her focus upon the unsanitary conditions of the Susquehanna River and riverfront, which had been the depository for rubbish and garbage prior to the establishment of municipal trash collection serves, was the catalyst to the creation of the Harrisburg League of Municipal Improvements and to the City's commitment to upgrade its parks and public works infrastructure. Dock and her family lived here in the house at 1427 N. Front Street at the turn of the 20th Century. Of great coincidence was that the land upon which this house was erected in the 1890's was earlier the nursery of Horace McFarland's father.
Early 20th Century Portrait of Mira Lloyd Dock image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Early 20th Century Portrait of Mira Lloyd Dock
It was here where McFarland lived as a youth and where he acquired his appreciation for flowers, seeds and botany before establishing Breeze Hill in Bellevue Park at Harrisburg's eastern end. Dock went on to serve for 13 years as an early member of the Pennsylvania State Forest Reserve Commission, the first woman to be appointed to a government post in Pennsylvania. There she led efforts in the acquisition of many of the Commonwealth's state forests for which she is also widely remembered.
Top Map
1889 City Atlas showing the Southeast corner of N. Front and Reily Streets with arrow pointing to McFarland Property
Bottom Map
1901 City Atlas showing the Southeast corner of N. Front and Reily Streets after being subdivided and developed with arrow pointing to Dock property.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 16.176′ N, 76° 53.645′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on N. Front Street near Reily Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Mira Lloyd Dock's home. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
3. Mira Lloyd Dock's home.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mira Lloyd Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); Paxtang Manor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engleton (about 500 feet away); “Never Again” (about 500 feet away); J. Horace McFarland (about 700 feet away); Firefighters' Memorial Monument (about 700 feet away); Lest We Forget (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sunken Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,980 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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