Hyannis in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Ralph P. Bismore
1914 - 1945
— Bismore Park —
Was Named in Honor of
Army Air Corps Sergeant
Ralph P. Bismore.
1938 Bismore married Georgette Antoinette Harpin. The happy couple resided at 63-A Ocean Street in Hyannis. Their house was at the corner of South Street and Old Colony overlooking Hyannis Harbor. Shortly after the couple started their marriage, World War II broke out. The United States remained neutral until December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Bismore was called to enlist in the war with his fellow patriots. In 1943 the Barnstable High School Band along with town officials gave him and twelve other men from the villages of Barnstable a grand send off for active duty.
During World War II , Bismore served in the Army Air Forces 641st Bombardment.
1946 The Town of Barnstable commemorated Sergeant Bismore’s legacy. A town meeting vote decided the area located between the bulkhead and Ocean Street would be named Ralph P. Bismore Park. The name change became official in 1950 and the town began to develop the public space.
1951 Five new piers were built and shortly after trees and flower beds were planted at the park. It was not long before Bismore Park became a popular fishing port and a place for the public to enjoy the harbor view. Barnstable has continued to invest in Bismore Park as a community center.
2005 The town added artist shanties, and several years later renovated the harbormaster’s building , and created a welcome center to assist visitors. Today, Bismore Park is an active and vibrant public space, with local art, live music, and educational programs designed to foster community engagement.
The park keeps alive the legacy of
♦ Ralph P. Bismore ♦
A heroic Barnstable resident.
Erected by Town of Barnstable.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II.
Location. 41° 38.927′ N, 70° 16.789′ W. Marker is in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Ocean Street and Bay Street, on the left when traveling south. Located at the south end of Bismore Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hyannis MA 02601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hurricane Bob (a few steps from this marker); HyArts Artist Shanties (a few steps from this marker); Hyannis Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Maritime Museum (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 50 Years Of Peace Corps (about 800 feet away); Peace Corps Memorial (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Hyannis Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); National Seashore (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyannis.
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