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Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Moffett Park

 
 
Moffett Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Moffett Park Marker
Inscription. The owner of 90 acres in this vicinity, Missouri native Ned Moffett, Sr., (1842-1924) wed Mary Stone on April 19, 1866. The couple had nine children, and early census records listed the family as Mulatto. The Moffetts permitted use of this property along Elm Creek for celebrations by local African American citizens, and in 1943 the City of Gainesville bought the land from heirs to form Moffett Park. The first large social event in the new park was the 1944 Juneteenth celebration. Recreational facilities eventually included playground equipment and a pool. Following integration of nearby Leonard Park in the mid-1960s, the site declined in use, but it remains an important reminder of the city's past.
 
Erected 2005 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 13812.)
 
Location. 33° 37.472′ N, 97° 9.265′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is on West California Street (State Highway 51) west of Frontage Interstate 35 Frontage Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: West California Street, Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment
Moffett Park in background. (Construction in progress nearby) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Moffett Park in background. (Construction in progress nearby)
(here, next to this marker); American Paint Horse Association (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old California Trail (approx. half a mile away); Cooke County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Barbed Wire in Cooke County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Santa Fe Passenger Depot (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gainesville-Fort Sill Road (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Regarding Moffett Park. Moffett Park is located across California Street from Leonard Park. Moffet is a neighborhood park with 6.37 acres. Moffet Park, like Leonard Park, has 80 to 100 foot towering pecan trees. It is a majestic park but lacks amenities. The park includes a storage building, a swing set, six picnic tables, and two grills and disc golf.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Places
 
View of marker with Highway U.S. 82 in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. View of marker with Highway U.S. 82 in background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 12, 2016.
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