Harrer Park

Harrer Park (HM1S4E)

Location: Morton Grove, IL 60053 Cook County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 2.476', W 87° 46.958'

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A Morton Grove Historical Site

Harrer Park fronts on Dempster Street and reaches north to Park View School, covering some 20 acres of land. The park was named for George Harrer, the first president of the Village of Morton Grove. He helped organize the first local government and sent a request for a village charter to Springfield on October 24, 1895. The Charter of Incorporation was approved by the State of Illinois on December 24, 1895. George Harrer served as president for the next 14 years.
In 1889, this land was the site of the world famous Poehlmann Brothers greenhouses. One was located on this site and two others were located on Lincoln Avenue. August, John and Adolph started their greenhouse venture with a combined capital of just $6,090.00. The Poehlmann Rose won first prize at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. After years of business success, the brothers went bankrupt in the Depression of 1929. This land was purchased for a park by the Morton Grove Day's [sic] Committee in 1940 for $52,000.00. It was donated to the newly organized Morton Grove Park District in 1951. In the years, 1991-94, Harrer Park went through a complete renovation. To commemorate the centennial celebration of 1995, a permanent memorial in the form of a gazebo was constructed at the south end of the park.
HM NumberHM1S4E
Placed ByMorton Grove Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 435225 N 4654654
Decimal Degrees42.04126667, -87.78263333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 2.476', W 87° 46.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 2' 28.56" N, 87° 46' 57.48" W
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Area Code(s)847, 224
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fernald Ave, Morton Grove IL 60053, US
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