Abilene in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and Works Progress Administration was the basis for the construction of Abilene's swimming pool, stadium, rose garden, and other buildings located in this park. This park project under the WPA was one of thirty such projects over the state sponsored by the federal government.
Construction of the swimming pool, later labeled by experts as "the finest pool in the state of Kansas," was begun December of 1936 with sixty men working four days a week. These men used shovels and wheelbarrows to dig out the pool area and horses to haul the dirt away. A second and third stone quarry had to be located on area farms as they ran out of natural stone putting up the park buildings.
As construction of the swimming pool neared completion, the stadium was started. Due to changes in plans being made after appropriations and bonds were secured, money was unavailable to complete the stadium with a roof, as had been planned. The pool and stadium were completed in 1937 and 1938 respectively.
In June of 1944, this 40 acre park was dedicated to Dwight D. Eisenhower and has since been known as Eisenhower
A portion of Eisenhower Park and its WPA Structures have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
Erected 1976 by Abilene Bicentennial Project. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower, the The Spirit of ’76, America’s Bicentennial Celebration, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1944.
Location. 38° 55.237′ N, 97° 13.726′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Kansas, in Dickinson County. Marker is on North Pine Street, on the right when traveling north. Markers are on the west facade of Abilene Stadium, in Eisenhower Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene KS 67410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harold J. Royer Band Shell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Army of the Republic (about 600 feet away, C. H. Lebold Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Site of First Settlers' Home (approx. half a mile away); J. E. Johntz Home (approx. half a mile away); Hotel Sunflower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); United Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Also see . . .
1. Abilene City Park Historic District NRHP Nomination. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Brief Bio of Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 607 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.