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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cool Spring Park

 
 
Cool Spring Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Cool Spring Park Marker
Inscription. With the completion of Cool Spring Reservoir in 1877, an adjoining parcel of unused land was reserved for park purposes. Formally designated as Cool Spring Park, the grounds were managed by the Wilmington Water Department until 1967, when the City Parks Department assumed responsibility. The reservoir and park were named for the natural springs of the area. Cool Spring was also the name of the nearby home of Caesar A. Rodney, a member of Congress and United States Attorney General in the administration of President Thomas Jefferson.
Construction of the reservoir resulted in rapid growth and development on the West Side of the city. The park soon became the center of a thriving neighborhood that was home to many of the city’s businesspersons and shopkeepers. A focal point for the community, the park has been used for various activities including the annual Wilmington Flower Market, which was held from the 1920s to the 1950s. The park’s interesting variety of trees is a result of the tradition of adding one each year during the Flower Market. In 1983, Cool Spring Park and the surrounding neighborhood were formally listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Cool Spring Historic District.
 
Erected 2002 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-121.)
 
Location.
Cool Spring Park image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Cool Spring Park
39° 45′ N, 75° 33.497′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of 10th Street and Van Buren St., on the right when traveling west on 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Delaware Children's Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tilton Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Old Cathedral Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Samuel Rodmond Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wilmington Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Read Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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Pump Station of Cool Spring Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
3. Pump Station of Cool Spring Reservoir
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,511 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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