I can recall playing at Robert’s Park when I was a child as it was close enough to our house to be a stopping point. From what I can remember from back then, it was a little bit on the rickety side, containing equipment that is “too dangerous” today. (Like metal tornado slides and teeter totters and such!) I am positive I did not see the historical artifact that had to have been only feet from where I was playing.
I think I even missed noticing this intricate piece of architectural beauty when I first took my kids to play at Roberts Park. One day I must have been a little less sleep deprived because I finally noticed this sign.Lincoln the Prairie Capital James L. McKee).
In 1930, the Roberts family (by then of Roberts Dairy fame) donated sixteen acres of their orchards to become a city park. When I have been checking into historical information, I am discovering that the details seem to be a bit vague on the college even. So I am unsure of when this capstone became the foundation of a park.
You can tell, especially on this side, where little feet have turned this monument into a climbing castle. While the artwork may not be appreciated in the same manner as it once was, the stone “statue” is still being enjoyed. What places of beauty have you also missed by rushing through your neighborhood?