This bizzare, physically distorted statue commemorates the second of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates that occured around the state of Illinois during the 1858 heated Senatorial campaign. The "Little Giant" Stephen Douglas looks little indeed, a dead ringer for one of the Munchkins from the Land of Oz. Lincoln, who at 6'4" towered over the 5'1" Douglas, is seated, looking calm and shrunken, simply observing as Douglas drives a point home. A stone on the south side of the park features a quote from each man. Douglas sounds downright defensive saying, "I am not for the dissolution of the Union under an circumstances." while Lincoln came away with his brilliant remark, "This government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free."
I'm not sure what the city fathers (and mothers) were thinking when they approved the plans for this lone tower in the center of town. Sticks out like a sore thumb. And its not like land was at a premium so that building up, rather than out, was a necessity.
Krape Park is a family favorite! A gorgeous waterfall greets you at the entry, and Yellow Creek flows through the park, offering paddle boat, canoe & kayaks in the summer & ice skating in the winter.
There's a band shell for outdoor concerts, miniature golf course, sledding hill, old-time carousel ride, kid's castle playground, lots of picnic tables, nature trails, tennis courts, ball diamond.
This park is well-maintained, clean and shaded by mature trees.
In the mid 70s there was a lot of dissent over the idea of tearing down the old historic courthouse and replacing it with a modern building. Obviously, those in favor of a new building won the day.
Probably, a mistake in hindsight. Not that the old building would have been capable of handling todays pressures of increasing caseloads in the justice system. But courthouse are part of our American heritage and history. There are many fine old courthouses all over the U.S. that have been preserved as local landmarks and museums. It is always possible to find space to build a new building. But once a landmark is torn down, it is gone forever.
This impressive structure is not a courthouse or government building. It is the local masonic temple. I have no idea what goes on inside. Very secret and hush-hush type of stuff.