A Very Early View of Forrest Park



Looking through my postcard collection one lonely Saturday night, I came across this very early view of Forrest Park, the center of so much hub-bub these days.

This postcard is interesting — at least to me — for quite a few reasons. First of all, you'll see that the photograph was obviously taken before the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest was erected, and also before the bodies of Forrest and his wife were relocated here from Elmwood Cemetery in 1909.

It also shows a view of the surrounding area before the Medical Center moved in. Houses once lined Madison Avenue, as you can see.

And finally, it shows us that postcard manufacturers, then and now, can't always be trusted as reliable sources, since they spelled the name of the park "Forest."

 

Reader Comments:
Jan 22, 2013 11:31 am
 Posted by  ADaisyADay

Beautiful! Before it was ruined by panhandlers and addicts

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