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Connersville in Fayette County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Pavilion: and other park structures

 
 
The Pavilion: and other park structures Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
1. The Pavilion: and other park structures Marker
Inscription.  
The Great Depression
Money was scarce during the depression and everyone looked for ways to stretch their dollars. Roberts Park is an excellent example of how resourceful communities were in that day. The Administration Building, for example, was built from bricks salvaged from East 5th Street between Eastern and Central Avenues when the brick pavement was replaced with concrete. Another example was the salvaged stones from the excavation site of Fifth Street Bridge. The covered bridge on Fifth Street had been razed and replaced with a new concrete structure. Stones from the middle pier of the covered bridge, and stones from the excavation site were used I the foundation of the James E. Roberts Memorial Building and in the stone walls throughout the park.

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The first building in Roberts Park was the Pavilion. It was built in 1903, restored in 1934 and renovated in 2009.

The Pavilion was used for township exhibits during the fair.

The Roberts Park Pool was built in 1935 and was renovated in 2006.

In the early years of Roberts Park a group of citizens decided
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an Amphitheater needed to be built on the hillside beside the new track. In 1908, concrete was poured and a steel structure was built at a cost of $7000. The new terraced floor had space for 3000 chairs. In 1940, one of the last projects built by the WPA was the stone wall at the entrance of the Amphitheater.

The horse track and grandstands were built in 1909; horse barns in 1910 and judges stand in 1920.

The Police Building

The Administration Building was built in 1934.
 
Erected by The Questers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsCharity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
 
Location. 39° 40.161′ N, 85° 7.554′ W. Marker is in Connersville, Indiana, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from East 28th Street just south of Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located within Roberts Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 Park Rd, Connersville IN 47331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of the Pavilion (a few steps from this marker); James E. Roberts Memorial Building (about 600 feet away,
The Pavilion: and other park structures Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
2. The Pavilion: and other park structures Marker
measured in a direct line); Grinding Stones (about 600 feet away); World's First County Free Fair (about 600 feet away); The Longwood Covered Bridge (about 700 feet away); Clio Fountain (approx. 1.3 miles away); On This Site John Conner Operated a Two Story Log Indian Trading Post 1808~1815 (approx. 1.7 miles away); "Birthplace of the Blower" (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Connersville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
The Pavilion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
3. The Pavilion
The Police Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
4. The Police Building
The Administration Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
5. The Administration Building
The Grandstands image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, June 21, 2020
6. The Grandstands
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 28, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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