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16 posts
Sep 16, 2014
9:32 AM
I've started a small history project on the Hills and Dales park from 1903 to present and also the immediate surrounding area. I'm posting because I need help gathering all the newspaper articles/clippings and artifacts that I can. I've spend the past few months going through what the Local History room at the Main library has and lately been searching microfilm newspaper for info. I'm hoping maybe to come across some family photos of the Hills and Dales area from the early days of the park through the 1990's. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Steve K
239 posts
Sep 17, 2014
8:43 AM
There's a poster at work of the dedication of the John H. Patterson monument at Hills and Dales. Includes a photo showing the crowd and the monument, plus the program guide. The mayor of Dayton (J.M. Switzer) was there, and John Patterson's daughter, Dorothy (as in Dorothy Lane) officially gave the park to the city. Poster was part of the collection on display at Hauer Music before they moved to Centerville. Oh... the poster is dated June 9, 1918.
blue J
137 posts
Sep 17, 2014
12:30 PM
Didn't John Henry Patterson live until 1922, though? Was the monument dedicated before he died?
14 posts
Oct 16, 2014
7:25 AM
can anyone remember what the stone tower at Hills and Dale park was used for and when was the wall around said tower was built????
106 posts
Oct 16, 2014
4:32 PM
I always heard that it was built in the 1930's by the CCC. And it was used as a lookout tower where one can take in the view of the surrounding area. I dont know if its true but it sure would fit with the park being there.
17 posts
Oct 27, 2014
2:07 PM
Hills and Dales was opened to the public on June 8th-9th 1918. I've seen a picture of the poster you mentioned. I'll have to see if they still have that hanging up at their new location. The Patterson monument was dedicated in 1928 but the photo on that post is an aerial taken by William Preston Mayfield at the momentum dedication in 1928. It's a bit of a mess.

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