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Reservoir Park and Lanphier High School

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
1. Reservoir Park and Lanphier High School Marker
Inscription.  The site where Lanphier High School now stands was once known as Reservoir Park. Constructed in the late 1870s, Reservoir Park was a popular recreation spot that integrated a lagoon and huge reservoir, which served as the City of Springfield's water supply. In 1935 the Springfield School District purchased the property and, with funding from the WPA, workers removed the reservoir's walls and filled in the lagoon.

The district built Lanphier High School on this site in 1936. The school featured the latest in educational facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. Students represented a variety of ethnic groups, families who came to Springfield to work on the railroads, in nearby coal mines, and in local industries such as Pillsbury Mills, the Illinois Watch Factory, and Sangamo Electric Company.

Robert C. Lanphier, for whom the school is named, was founder and president of Sangamo Electric Company, a factory located immediately to the west of the school. Sangamo produced electric meters and sonar equipment, and was one of the city's major employers for more than 50 years. Lanphier's grandfather, Charles Lanphier, was publisher
Reservoir Park and Lanphier High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
2. Reservoir Park and Lanphier High School Marker
Marker is in front of Lanphier High School
of the Illinois State Register, as well as a political foe of Abraham Lincoln.

Located directly to the east of the high school is Memorial Field, the city's football and track arena, and Springfield's public baseball stadium, named for Lanphier High graduate and Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.
 
Erected 2007 by The Lan-Hi yearbook staffs, 1994-2007, Deborah Sidener, Adviser, and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSports. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 39° 49.043′ N, 89° 38.415′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on North 11th Street north of North Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the front of Lanphier High School's main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 N 11th St, Springfield IL 62702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lithuanians in Springfield (approx. half a mile away); Illinois State University - Concordia Seminary (approx. 0.6 miles away); General John A. McClernand (approx. 0.7 miles away); The 1858 Senate Campaign
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(approx. ¾ mile away); Lincoln’s Tomb (approx. ¾ mile away); Receiving Vault (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oak Ridge Cemetery's Original Entrance (approx. 0.9 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's Tomb (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Lanphier High School on Wikipedia. Lanphier is one of three public high schools (all under District 186) in Springfield. (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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