Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mankato's “First” City Park
In 1888, a proposal was made to build Mankato's first hospital on Bunker Hill. Five years later, the plan specified a quarantine hospital to be built there. In 1896, a special ordinance was passed designating the land to be used as a city park. Despite local support for retaining the name, "Bunker Hill," the City Council chose "Highland" to be the park's official name. In 1905, the first park building was constructed. By 1909, it was ordered that all animals be removed from Highland, strongly suggesting the presence of a zoo within the park.
Highland Park served many years as a popular stop for tourist
Mankato Sesquicentennial Committee
1860's: Used as Civil War Recruitment Center.
1874: Mankato City Council purchased 10.2 acres of land to provide residents with free-flowing well.
1875: Artesian well sunk into hillside -- water level never reached higher than 78 feet from surface.
1888: Proposal made to build Mankato's first hospital on "Bunker Hill".
1893: Plans made to build quarantine hospital on site.
1896: Special Ordinance passed designating land to be used as city park. City Council chose "Highland" to be the park's official name instead of "Bunker Hill".
1905: First park building constructed.
1909: Animals removed from Highland Park Zoo.
1905-1941: Popular stop for tourist campers from across the country. "Highland was hard
1941-1945: Park fell into disrepair during WWII.
1945 to present: After many years of improvements, park was upgraded with many modern conveniences, while retaining its rustic charm.
Erected 2002 by Sons of the American Legion, Lorentz Squadron 11, Mankato Sesquicentennial Committee, Mankato, Minnesota.
Location. 44° 9.335′ N, 93° 59.747′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is on Weaver Street east of Warren Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Highland Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 Warren Street, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lincoln Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hubbard House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Amos Owen Garden of American Indian Horticulture (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sinclair Lewis House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); Washington Park / Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
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