Orlando in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
H. H. Dickson Azalea Park / Washington Street Bridge
Dickson Azalea Park began as a natural stream, later named Fern Creek, in a deep ravine surrounded by native ferns, palms, and oaks. It once was a watering hole for cattle herders driving their animals south. State Senator Walter Rose (1888-1958) purchased 40 acres of land here in 1916 and platted most of it for development. He set aside five acres adjacent to the creek for a park, called Senator Rose park, which he deeded to the City of Orlando in 1924. In 1933, the Civitan Club presented the City Council with a proposal to beautify the overgrown park and asked the city to re-name it in honor of Colonel Henry Hill Dickson (1849-1935). An Orlando business pioneer and civic leader, Dickson devoted his energies to the beautification of Orlando, and was instrumental in planting azaleas throughout the city. In 1935, ground was broken for restoration of the overgrown property. Local landscape architect Mulford Foster designed the scheme for the park's plants, water features, bridges and paths, and Works Progress Adminsitration labor built the park's walls and steps. Dickson Azalea Park was designated an Orlando Historic Landmark in 1991.
Erected 2014 by The City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner Parry Sheehan, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council,
Location. 28° 32.651′ N, 81° 21.487′ W. Marker is in Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Rosearden Drive and East Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Rosearden Drive. Touch for map. Marker is on the east side of the bridge over Fern Creek. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Rosearden Dr, Orlando FL 32803, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John R. Mott House Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Soldiers, The Sailors, The Statesmen (approx. ¾ mile away); J. P. Musselwhite & Family (approx. ¾ mile away); "Lest We Forget" (approx. ¾ mile away); Orlando Reeves (approx. ¾ mile away); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (approx. ¾ mile away); Orlando Army Air Base (approx. 0.8 miles away); Eppes-Shine Plot Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orlando.
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