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West Park (Joliet, Illinois)
West Park (Joliet, Illinois)
TitleWest Park (Joliet, Illinois)
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the Drawing1926
DescriptionDrawing of West Park in Joliet, Illinois. The brook pictured in the drawing passes by the spring house, which is part of West park. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleSylvan scene dominated by little brook : West Park is beautiful, even in winter, artist finds.
Date of ArticleFebruary 7, 1926
Transcript of the ArticleFrom Joliet Herald-News Sunday February 7, 1926 "Here is a suggestion from one of Joliet's charming breathing spots, West Park, in fact. Here is the pretty little stream with its many picturesque bridges, spanning its expanse as it winds gracefully near the hillside. Once this pleasant stream flowed thru a wet and woeful swamp, with frogs, mosquitos and water lilies. It was not without a certain beauty of its own, but it wasn't adequate to the demands of a metropolitan park system, and so of course, it went the way of swamps of all time. But the stream is sylvan and lovely at any time of year. Its winding perspective and its bridges with others, that do not appear in the sketch, give a pleasant fillup to the imagination. Every enticing little bridge in the scene incited you to cross it to see what there is on the other side, and few resist the invitation. Once Used by Indians. The picturesque concrete spring house, for instance, which stands a little at the left of the bridge in the picture, houses a little spring that was known from the pioneer days of Joliet. Indeed, it is said that it was well known to the Indians and that many a feathered brave slaked his thirst there, as well as at the other springs in West park. And to prove it, the Indian trail is pointed out as leading away from it, descending to the bank of the river and so on to Dresden Heights. Forty acres over hill and dale comprise the area of beautiful West park, which has many advantages to its credit. Fern Collection Excellent. Its collection of rare and beautiful ferns has excited the interest of botanists and nature lovers all over the country, and its rare and picturesque cacti form the finest collection in the middle west and are due to the interest and generosity of James H. Ferriss. An iris garden near the conservatory is also a point of interest. West park is as lovely in winter as in summer. It should be visited when the trees are bare and the ground is hard in order to see at first hand the beauty of gray misty limbs against the sky. And if one will but study the gray of the distance one may discover the secret of the charm portrayed by the artist in his winter scenes, for which you pay $1, 000 more or less. The study of grays—the subtle, misty, mysterious changing grays of early spring, may thus return joy one thousand fold. Go to the parks and study the effect of trees in winter. Not one tree, but many. And do not say they make you gloomy, for a tree is an inspiring thing at any time."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description35 cm. x 25.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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