Monday, August 10, 2009
Monroe Park in 1896
Monroe Park is Richmond's oldest park, laid out in 1855. It has endured changes in use but remains about the same as when it was first designed. I think it is a beautiful park, especially the amazing fountain in the center, but I'm not sure why it has been so difficult to clean up. It's usually full of bums and it is dangerous to visit at night. There is a master plan for the park, so I think its future is bright.
Here is a depiction of it from The Dispatch in 1896. Notice the trolley lines on Main St (also on Laurel, but not pictured) and the heavy rail running on Belvidere.