Nomination to National Register of Historic Places

City Park Nomination Timeline

  • July, 2018 – Park historical assessment by Leah Rogers, archeologist from Tallgrass Archeology, Iowa City
  • October, 2018 – Five additional technical assessments by Doug Steinmetz, historical architect – Bennett cabin, Clark Tower, and three stone bridges
  • 1st Q, 2019 – Historic Resources Development Program Grant to fund writing the nomination was written by Jeremy Rounds, SICOG
  • 2nd Q, 2019 – Grant reviewed and approved by State Historic Preservation Office; award announced July 1, 2019
  • 3rd-4th Q, 2019 – Research by local volunteers
  • 1st-2nd Q, 2020 – Grant written by Tallgrass Archeology with drafts reviewed locally
  • 3rd Q, 2019 – Review by SNRC – State Nomination Review Committee and National Park Service leading to approval

City Park’s Historic Features

Stone Shelters

  • Arbor — 1917
  • South — 1957
    • Maintenance Shop — 1960
  • North — 1968

Memorials

  • Delicious Apple — 1922
  • AW Crawford — 1924
  • Clark Tower — 1926

Landscape

  • Quarries – 1896
  • Roadway design — 1919

Bridges

  • Arched north roadway — 1919
  • Pedestrian — 1921
  • South roadway — 1924
  • Cutler-Donhoe — 1970

Other Structures

  • Entrance — 1914
  • Grills “ovens” — 1915
  • Bennett Cabin — 1917
  • Rock crusher — 1912
  • Stone ruins — 1877

Stone Ruins — 1877 (Photo from 1950s)

In 1877, a tannery was built in an area south of the then-20 acre City Park. It served as a residence into the 1900s, but then fell into ruins. Currently, no walls are standing and you have to look pretty hard to find the remaining stones along the road as you return from Clark Tower.

Quarries — 1896, 1912, 1940s

Park Entrance — 1914

Park “Ovens” — 1915

Stone Arbor — 1917, expanded in 1921

Bennett Cabin — 1917

Landscape Design — 1919

North Stone Bridge — 1919

Pedestrian Bridge

Delicious Apple — 1922