Central Park — assured in 1907

The following article is from Volume 1 of “Prairie Chicken and Potatoes … to Houses,” by Max Malmquist. North Branch resident Phyllis Alvin submitted the article, noting it gives a good historical perspective about how Central Park came into being. 

Before another spring has passed by North Branch will have one of the prettiest and most complete little parks anywhere along the line according to the plans now being made by the city authorities. The land for the park has been secured and everything is being arranged to level it off and plant trees and grass at the beginning of spring.

The park is to be located on the vacant block of land opposite the depot bordering on Main Street where it can be easily seen by passengers from trains and where it will give the town an attractive appearance. If property kept up, the park will be of great benefit to North Branch not only as a pleasure spot for the citizens but it will show that the village means to keep abreast of times in the matter of public improvements.

For some time J.E. Alvin, president (mayor) of the council, has been corresponding with the Northern Pacific Railway officials in regard to obtaining the land for a park and this week he announced that the railroad is willing to give over the plot of land needed if it is to be devoted to park purposes. Now that the land has been obtained, the expense of parking will not be great. There is only a small knoll to level off and one or more shallow holes to fill in and then after it is plowed the park will be ready for the grass seed. Suitable trees can be obtained from the bank of the creek and can be made to grow with proper care.

The park will be fenced in and eventually a bandstand will be built in the center. Benches will also be set about the park for the convenience of the citizens. The old warehouse which is owned by Mr. Alvin and is located on the park grounds will be torn down and other smaller buildings will be removed.

Note: North Branch businessmen and the citizen in general are much pleased that the village is to have a park and many a good word has been heard for Mr. Alvin for his efforts in securing the land from the railroad company. The park will undoubtedly prove a most popular spot for the citizens to congregate during the summer evenings. (North Branch Review, 1907). 

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