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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

City Park

 

— The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, May 29, 2012
1. City Park Marker
Inscription.  The Belfast Ladies Improvement Society lobbied the city council in April of 1904 to establish a seaside park for the benefit of the public. The purchase price of the 15 acre lot was $3,000 and, once secured, prominent Boston landscape architect E. L. Beard drew up the park plans. Through the next two years volunteers, using donated materials, planted trees and built the roads. In 1936, a WPA project added a sea wall and saltwater swimming pool (photo c. 1915).

Inset:
Edgar F. Hanson's mansion, across the street from the park, was a showplace at the city's southern entrance from 1892 until 1923, when it was destroyed by fire. Hanson, flamboyant and outspoken, served as a ten-term mayor. He was a manager of Dana's Sarsaparilla Co., a newspaper publisher, and a proponent of the building of the SS Belfast (panel #30).
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks.

City Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
2. City Park Marker
In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 44° 24.906′ N, 68° 59.782′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on High Street just north of Wright Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The James P. White House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belfast Historian's Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Regal Passenger Steamer (approx. ¾ mile away); Civil War Hero (approx. ¾ mile away); Education First and Foremost (approx. 0.8 miles away); Five-Masted Beauty (approx. 0.8 miles away); On this site (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Oldest Manufacturer (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #8 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
City Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
3. City Park Marker
City Park image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
4. City Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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