Merriam in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
An attraction visited by thousands, Merriam Park featured a zoo with bear pits, a lagoon used for summer sailboating and winter ice-skating, and a horse-drawn carousel.
Park visitors also enjoyed tennis, croquet, baseball and square dancing. A personal dream of park superintendent George Kessler was realized when he brought to the park a tree from every country in the world.
On stepping off the train platform, visitors were greeted by the sound of band concerts and the vision of "MERRIAM" spelled out in flowers.
Location. 39° 0.869′ N, 94° 41.389′ W. Marker is in Merriam, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Frontage Road (Interstate 35 Frontage Road) and Eby Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Frontage Road. Touch for map. This marker is in the east part of the Visitor Center for the City of Merriam. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6304 East Frontage Road, Shawnee KS 66203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Community of Excellence (a few steps from this marker); City of Firsts (a few steps from this marker); Incorporation of Merriam (a few steps from this marker); The South Park Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Education in Merriam (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bear Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trolley Line & Hocker Grove Amusement Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Merriam Park & George Kessler (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merriam.
Also see . . . Merriam Visitor's Bureau. This is the official link to the City of Merriam. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,042 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.