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|Anaheim Breaks Ground on Founders' Park, a Historical Site to Honor Anaheim's Rich Agricultural History|
ANAHEIM, CA - (September 28, 2010) - The City of Anaheim broke ground today on its newest park, Founders' Park, at a ceremony under the landmark Moreton Bay Fig tree on the historic West Street site. Founders’ Park, which will interpret Anaheim's agricultural history for the period of 1857 through the 1920s, begins construction this month, with completion expected in February 2011.
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle was joined by members of the Anaheim City Council as he thanked the many community members who participated in the planning of Founders’ Park, including the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the Anaheim Historical Society, and local residents for their dedication to preserving the City’s history.
Upon completion, visitors will experience Founders' Park through a carriage house that will serve as a museum for historic artifacts, a pump house which will serve as a facade for a restroom building, a full-sized windmill, historically inspired gardens, a water pump, a sun dial, walkways and trails with interpretive panels and a permeable parking lot.
The focus of Founders' Park are the two historical structures, the Mother Colony and the Woelke-Stoffel Houses, and the Moreton Bay Fig tree.
The Mother Colony House, built in 1857 by George Hansen, is the oldest remaining wood-framed building in Orange County. Saved in 1928 from demolition, the house was moved to property donated by Marie Horstmann Dwyer. The Mother Colony House was dedicated on June 15, 1929 as Orange County’s first historical museum, and designated as California State Historical Landmark No. 201 in 1935. In 1954 the City of Anaheim accepted the deed to the Mother Colony House and the historic site has since been administered under the Community Services Department.
The Woelke-Stoffel House represents Anaheim’s citrus era. One of the last Queen Anne houses in the City of Anaheim, it was built in 1894 for John Woelke. In 1907 it was purchased by Peter Stoffel, Jr., who lived in the home with his family until 1948. On June 21, 1949, John and Lera Mae Dwyer moved the house to its current location, and dedicated it as the Marie Horstmann Dwyer Pioneer Memorial historical site on July 16, 1950. From 1953 until its sale to the City of Anaheim in September 2006, the house belonged to the Anaheim Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Founders’ Park is located at 400-418 North West Street, on the western boundary of the original Anaheim Colony.
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