Peabody City Park

Address: 600 W DIVISION
Address Remarks:Entrance at W 2ND ST and LOCUST ST
Parcel ID:252-04-0-30-05-001.00-0
Legal Description: Section 4 Township 22S Range 3E
Legal Description Remarks:23.16 acres, PRT SW/4 BEG NW/C E 1089' TO W LI LOCUST ST S 948.75' W 1089' N 948.75' TO POB LESS ROW 96/623
Latitude, Longitude 1:38.166321 -97.114871
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Historic Name:Peabody City Park
Alternate Name:Marion County Agricultural Society Fairgrounds
Historic Function:Recreation and Culture
Historic Function Remarks:The first portions of this park, the octagonal pavilion and the horse racing track, were built around 1885 for the State Fair held that year in Peabody. Later changes to the Park occurred in 1937 when, with WPA funding, the area was redesigned for a city park. A baseball field and a football field were constructed on the east portion of the park, complete with stone bleachers behind home plate and parallel to the football field. Stone entry piers were constructed at the same time, as were picnic table groupings with stone chimneys and a playground. An Osage Orange hedge border was planted around the parks northern and western perimeters. Elms were used along the southern border. Other tree groupings included pines, cedars, cottonwoods, and sycamores.
The 1902 Standard atlas of Marion County called this area the Fairgrounds. In the 1922 and 1930 Sanborn Maps, this area is referred to as the City Park and Tourist Camp Grounds.
Present Function:Landscape
Present Function Remarks:Continues its function as a public playgrounds for all ages of the community. Fourth of July events are celebrated here every year. A picnic shelter was constructed at the NE portion of the park in 2000. The playground equipment currently in place is located in the same vicinity as was proposed in the 1937 site plan.
Residential/Commercial/Religious Style:Other
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Barn Type:Not Applicable
Bridge Type:Not Applicable
Landscape Type:Public Park
Physical Description/Remarks:
Plan Form:Rectangle
Commercial Building Type:Not Applicable
Roof Form:Not Applicable
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Year of Construction:1885
Date Notes:1937 changes
General Remarks:For more information and photographs,click the following:
Peabody City Park Athletic Field.
Peabody City Park Octagonal Pavilion.
Peabody City Park Horse Racetrack.
Ancillary Structures: None
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Name:City of Peabody
Address: 300 N WALNUT ST Peabody KS 66866
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Listed in State Register:Yes
Date of State Listing:11/19/2011
Listed in National Register:Yes
Date of National Listing:01/20/2012
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Potentially Eligible for National Register:
Register Status Remarks:Listed under the New Deal-Era Resources of KansasMPS.
Thematic Nomination (MPDF):New Deal-era Resources of Kansas
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There is no survey information for this record.
Reviewed By:Amanda Loughlin
Review Status:Approved
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Peabody City Park. South pier of entry. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Stone entryway. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. North pier of entry. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Picnic tables at east side of park. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Looking south from race track drive towards pavilion and ballfields. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Playground on north side of the park. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Site Plan. Base photo courtesy ACME Mapper (accessed 02/22/2011).

Peabody City Park. Baseball bleachers along north side of baseball field, facing E. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Floral Exhibition Hall, facing NW. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.

Peabody City Park. Floral Exhibition Hall, facing NE. 02/23/2011. KSHS/Martin, Sarah.
Peabody City Park. Sanborn Map. 1922.
Peabody City Park. Sanborn Map. 1930.
Peabody City Park. National Register Nomination. 09/2011. Jones Marilyn & KSHS/Martin, Sarah and Loughlin, Amanda.