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Gallipolis City Park
The park is full of symbols of the city’s past. The sandstone monolith at the center entrance to the park on First Avenue marks the height of the Ohio River floods of 1884, 1907, 1913, and 1937. The white shaft holds a replica of the rocker arm from the steamer John Porter. It is a memorial to the sixty-six people who died of yellow fever when the steamer brought the disease to Gallipolis in 1878. The fountain was donated by the family of Charles D. Kerr, a local drugstore owner, whose son drowned in the Ohio River.
The focal point of the park, the bandstand, was built around 1876 by Stirling and Son as a memorial to Gallia County Civil War veterans. Two years after it was completed, the contractors threatened to tear it down because they were owed $40. The ladies of Gallipolis came to the rescue by hosting an ice cream social to raise the money. The Bandstand is still used today for many activities and performances.
SourcesGallipolis City Park. Visit Gallia. Accessed June 13, 2018. https://www.visitgallia.com/explore/gallia-trails/896-gallipolis-city-park.
Wright, Dean. Let there be light in the park. Gallipolis Daily Tribune. November 18, 2017. Accessed June 13, 2018. https://www.mydailytribune.com/top-stories/21041/let-there-be-light-in-the-park. Photo source.
Gallipolis City Park. City of Gallipolis, Ohio. . Accessed June 13, 2018. http://www.cityofgallipolis.com/cemetery_info/city_park.php. Photo source.
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