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Denison in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Forest Park

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, June 5, 2021
1. Forest Park Marker
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The city of Denison's first public park was established in 1872. The town was founded in that same year as a terminus for the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (Katy) Railroad and began as a melting pot for many different cultures. Originally conceived by Robert S. Stevens and the Denison Town Company, the park began with Stevens' donation of six acres of land and the stipulation that the city solely use the land as a park and continue to preserve it.

The city's first official public gathering happened in 1873 when the city celebrated its first anniversary with a barbecue in the park. Forest Park was given its official name in 1875, due to the dense amounts of forested woods that covered the park grounds at the time. In 1922, a nationwide strike of shop-union employees against the Katy Railroad made its way to Denison. As much violence ensured, Governor Pat Neff sent the Texas National Guard to help keep order among nearly 1,400 Katy Railroad workers. In the park, the 142nd Infantry Regiment erected a large tent city called Camp Ellis; Camp Leeper was built to the west near the Katy car shops. Almost 300 civilian arrests were made
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By Kayla Harper, June 5, 2021
2. Forest Park Marker
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from August 10 through October 21, 1922. The park has seen many improvements and additions over the years which include: Tennis courts and a clubhouse, a skate park, playground with splash pad, cast iron fountain, and a restored bandstand. The original Munson Stadium was built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and replaced by a 2014 stadium complex. Forest Park has been a source of pride and recreation in the heart of Denison for its citizens. Today, the park still serves as Denison's premier downtown park while continuing to maintain its historic charm.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18727.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 33° 45.164′ N, 96° 32.426′ W. Marker is in Denison, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker can be reached from West Crawford Street. The marker is between the Munson Football Stadium and the park gazebo. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 W Crawford Street, Denison TX 75020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Signal Company Texas 36th Inf. Div. Veterans Memorial
Forest Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, June 5, 2021
3. Forest Park Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Katy Park Rededication (approx. 0.4 miles away); North-South Railway Connection (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denison.
 
Forest Park entrance from Crawford Street image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, June 5, 2021
4. Forest Park entrance from Crawford Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2021, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2021, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 20, 2021