Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Library Park?

June 9, 1900, Oshkosh Northwestern
July 19, 1901, Oshkosh Northwestern
A few days ago, I mentioned that Smith Park was often referred to as City Park.  Now, comes this revelation that it was known as E.D. Smith Library Park.  I have no idea why the "library" part would have been tacked onto the name, save for the idea that the donation of the public library (1898) was still recently in the minds of the city, but to me, it still makes no sense. 

The drawing of the pavilion as shown above was posted in the newspaper more than a full year before the actual dedication with absolutely no explanation attached for the illustration.  I suppose it was left to the logic of the readers to realize that this was the proposed structure for the hallowed park.  Sometimes, I have to struggle in deciphering the mindset of early journalists.


  1. Anyone have pictures of this pavilion? I remember the summer rec programs in a huge pavilion which was torn down in the late 50's, early 60's and replaced with the present structure where the park dances were held

  2. Try these links to see old pix of the original pavilion: