It's always fun to have a little history behind the pictures! I have taken these tidbits of history out of Public Parks of Freeport IL
Their First Century, 1849-1949 Compiled and Edited by Mabel Goddard
Krape Park was purchased from Dr. Krape
in May of 1913 for $29,000 with the
stipulation that "the name Krape Park is to
be retained as long as the land is used for
In November, 1923, a group of citizens offered the Board of
Commissioners eighteen acres of land to be used as a park.
F. A. Read was the principal gifting donor.
The Morgan memorial is one of the most appreciated
attractions of Read Park. It was designed and sculpted by
Emory P. Seidel of Chicago.
The memorial is emblematic of Mrs. Morgan's love for
children, her pleasure in their activities, and her
understanding of their care.
Did you know that Taylor Park used to
have one of the finest trotting and
running tracks in the United States?
Myron McHenry, one-time resident of
Freeport and rated as the greatest
driver of trotting and pacing horses in
the world, considered Taylor track one
of the best in the country, and for
training horses, he claimed it had few
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*In 1877 and 1878 The State Fair was
The County Fair's were also held here.
*On September 8th, 1910 Theodore
Roosevelt made his second visit to
Freeport to dedicate the Lincoln-Douglas
debate boulder. There were 30,000
people in this Park that day!
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Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad