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Edmond in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Stephenson Park

Stephenson Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 8, 2021
1. Stephenson Park Marker
Inscription.  This park was originally known as "South Park" when Colonel E.B. Townsend, Edmond's first legal 1889 settler, gave it to the City of Edmond in 1892. In March, 1934, the Edmond Kiwanis Club petitioned the City Council to name the park in honor of City Manager Fred M. Stephenson for his services to the city.

Fred M. Stephenson (1870-1947) was unanimously named City Manager by the City Council in October, 1931. Both a municipal tennis court and a croquet court were completed here in 1932. In 1934, the stone entrance at the northwest corner of the park was constructed through the Works Progress Administration. In the ravine in the center of the park, an extensive rock garden was built. Flower gardens, trees, and shrubs were planted, and the park was thought to be one of the most beautiful in the state at the time.
Erected by Edmond Historical Society and Edmond Parks Foundation Incorporated.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 35° 39.022′ 
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N, 97° 28.709′ W. Marker is in Edmond, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is on South Boulevard north of East 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is outside the Edmond Historical Society and Museum and Stephenson Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 431 S Blvd, Edmond OK 73034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Guard Armory (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank H. Collings American Legion Post 111 Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central State College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edmond Public School 1889 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Statue of Liberty Replica (approx. 0.2 miles away); Classen's Grove (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shannon Miller Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edmond Station, Indian Territory (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edmond.
Stephenson Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 8, 2021
2. Stephenson Park Marker
Marker is at the east entrance of Stephenson Park, which shares a parking lot with the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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