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June 15, 1999


On June 14, 1899, the Lawrence Journal noted the recent bequest by a Mr. Gage to Topeka of 80 acres to be used as a public park. The Journal observed: "There is no better thing for a city in Kansas than a public park with a lake in it, a park that can be reached by the poor people, and where they may go to rest for a little while and forget, if only for a few hours, that there are troubles and cares and trials in the world." When will some wealthy Lawrence man make his name last as long as the city shall endure by purchasing Bismarck Grove and giving it to the citizens for their own?" Bismarck Grove was a popular, shady spot, home to many fairs and gatherings in the 1880s and 1890s, located east of North Lawrence.

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