We failed at getting a picture by the sign, but we definitely scored by meeting Susan and her kiddos (Andrew and Thoms are older, cute, fun, and have completely captured the attention and awe of Lucy) at the park. And? Susan brought popsicles. So she has Lucy's heart too. I didn't get a picture of Savannah but have I mentioned it was 100 degrees outside? And we stayed for two hours? It was definitely a successful trip!
I'm recopying the description of the park from the Lawrence Parks & Rec website because it is pretty neat. AND. Jonathan Flanders Morgan, (the sign reads J. F. Morgan) is family so I'm pretty proud of that and appreciate the history. The lesson might have been lost on Lucy and Savannah...but we can go back.
Robinson Park lies near the Kaw River Bridge. The one-acre park is home to Founder's Rock, which is a large chunk of Sioux quartz that bears the names of the 143 founders who came to Lawrence from Massachusetts in August and September 1854.
It is speculated that 40,000 to 100,000 years ago, the rock was moved by glacial ice movement from Montana but most likely South Dakota. From that time until 1929, the rock rested on the banks of the Shunganunga Creek just east of Topeka where the creek joins the Kaw River.
In an article in the Topeka State Journal on September 7, 1929, it was suggested to move the rock to the Statehouse grounds in Topeka because of its geological importance and that it was held in spiritual reverence by the Kanza Indians.
Before Topekans could act, a man from Lawrence, with the aid of the Santa Fe Railway 200-ton crane moved the rock by rail and placed it in Robinson Park.
The placard on the rock reads:
"To the pioneers of Kansas who in devotion to human freedom came into a wilderness, suffered hardships and faced dangers and death to found this state in righteousness. These were the first to come under the auspices of the New England Emigrant Act Company. They founded the City of Lawrence. The first party of twenty-nine men left Massachusetts July 17, 1854 and arrived here August 1, 1854. The second party of one hundred-fourteen left Boston August 29, 1854, and arrived September 15, 1854."
|Broken Arrow Park||Burcham Park|
|Centennial Park||Clinton Lake Park|
|Holcom Park||"Dad" Perry Park|
|Prairie Park||Riverfront Park|
|South Park||Buford M. Watson, Jr. Park|