“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Schiller Park

Schiller Park Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 20, 2009
1. Schiller Park Marker, Side One
Inscription. Long a gathering place for residents of Columbus, this area, which became known as Schiller Park, hosted German songfests, Fourth of July festivities, the 1864 and 1865 Ohio State Fairs, and the 1871 peace celebration commemorating the end of the Franco-Prussian War. In 1867, the City of Columbus purchased 23 acres of this area, then known as Stewart's Grove, for $15,000 and named it City Park. On July 4, 1891, before a crowd of 50,000, the German-American community dedicated the 25-foot tall, 2,640 pound statue of German poet Friedrich von Schiller that had been cast in Munich, Germany, and given as a gift to the City of Columbus. In 1905, the park’s name was changed to Schiller Park.

Anti-German sentiment during World War II prompted Schiller Park’s name to be changed to Washington Park; however, in 1930 the name was changed back to Schiller Park. Along with all of the historic landmarks of German Village, Schiller Park was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1974; in 2006 the White House designated German Village a Preserve America neighborhood. Beginning in 1988 a cooperative fundraising and planning effort between the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Friends of Schiller Park, local German singing societies, and the German Village Society resulted in the restoration of Schiller Park to
Schiller Park Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 20, 2009
2. Schiller Park Marker, Side Two
its former beauty. Today, as it did more than 100 years ago, Schiller Park provides a peaceful setting and serves as a centerpiece of community life for continuing generations of local residents and visitors.
Erected 2008 by German Village Society, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 107-25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 56.58′ N, 82° 59.65′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Reinhard Avenue and South 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Reinhard Avenue. Touch for map. It is at the 3rd Street entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43206, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gold Star Mothers (about 700 feet away); Franklin County Soldiers of the Mexican War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of First Ohio State Home Football Game / The Ohio State University First Football Team 1890
Schiller Park Marker at 3rd Street Gate image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 20, 2009
3. Schiller Park Marker at 3rd Street Gate
South 3rd Street ends at this gate.
(approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Seminary (approx. 0.4 miles away); Merion Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); Southwood Elementary School (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . .  Schiller Park. (Submitted on July 10, 2009.)
Categories. Notable Places
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By Detroit Publishing Company, circa 1906
4. Schiller Park, Columbus, O.
The Schiller Monument is visible in the background.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 921 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4. submitted on November 29, 2014.
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