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Spring Valley Park, Lake
Spring Valley Park, Lake
TitleSpring Valley Park, Lake
DescriptionPostcard of Lake at Spring Valley Park
Historical ArticleAt one time six sparkling springs fed a beautiful little lake in Spring Valley Park. The lake is pictured on the 1909 post card published in Leipzig, Germany.

Land for the park, 27 acres between 28th and Woodland and 29th and Brooklyn, was acquired in 1902. In 1905 a news item told of plans for building a dam and lake:

Near the lower end of the canyon at about 27th and Euclid will be a dam, which after collecting the waters from the springs, will make a lake in dimensions of about 300 feet each way. The boulevard will skirt this sheet of water. The whole scheme will require several years to work out but by frost, this year, Spring Valley Park will be a credit to the South Park District.

Part of a poem, written by an unkown author in 1912, described the lake:

The south wind comes so soft and sweet
Through trees and scented grasses
That when it finds the sleeping lake
The waves are suddenly awake
And smile and lift their heads to meet
Its kisses as it passes

By 1939 the gushing springs had gone dry and the little lake created 25 years earlier had given way to tennis courts and five playgrounds.

Kansas City Star
May 6, 1972

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectParks
Spring Valley Park
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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