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The beginnings of Kneeland Park

In a letter to the Journal in the 1970s, Emma Richert wrote about her memories of Kneeland Park as it was in 1912.

"It was an inlet or slough of saltwater at high tide, spotted with a big uprooted stump, rubber tires, etc., all decorated with barnacles. The wooden sidewalk on First Street crossed the slough area considerably above the water level. When walking across, it was fun to slow down and listen to the echoing sound of our footsteps. It runs in my mind that the area originally belonged to a well-known Indian family - it may have been the Slocums. Later it was owned by W. H. Kneeland."



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