Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Pavilion

June 21, 1961 Appleton Post-Crescent

Fifty-four years ago this summer, we gained a new pavilion for Smith Park as evidenced in the above article.  The old pavilion had dated back to the park's origins, some 65 years earlier.

As described in an earlier blog post (, in the 1890's, Menasha Wooden Ware founder and city benefactor Elisha D. Smith had attempted to attract Downer College, then located at Fox Lake, to move to Menasha. He was disappointed when the authorities decided to merge with Milwaukee Women's College and move to Milwaukee. So Smith decided that the rejected 40 acres he had offered Downer should be offered instead to the City of Menasha to become a park. This donation was made in 1896 at about the same time as his offer to build the city a public library.


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