Howard City Park
Howard Park - provides a playground area, rest area, and is home to Fairfield's Farmers market.
Location - North Main Street at Grimes Ave.
During the Civil War this land was used as a mustering area (see the plaque in the southwest corner). The Franklin School was here from 1868 to 1913.
In 1912 the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad bought the land for a new train station and was persuaded to give the remaining land back to the city (with the proviso that it remain a park).
It was named Howard Park in honor of Elmer A. Howard, a vice-president of the railroad.
The first train had arrived on September 1, 1858, a very important event for Fairfield (the original station was at 6th Street).
The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad eventually became today's BNSF. Amtrak passenger service to Fairfield ceased on May 1, 1971.
The Fairfield Farmers Market is held in Howard Park.
The Farmers Market, Saturday, Aug 28, 2010.
Food, flowers, crafts, entertainment...
Pastries for sale.
Even works of art.
Need fresh eggs with your paintings?
Can I play too?
"I have to take this call".
The picnic shelter, with the Memorial Stone in front.
In 1912, Elmer A. Howard, then a vice-president of the C, B & Q railroad, persuaded them to give land for this park.
The Civil War plague is mounted on the rock in the foreground. Need a massage at the Farmers Market?
Jefferson County citizens fought in the Civil War.
The retired Amtrak railroad station at the north end of the park, still owned by BNSF Railroad.
View of the park from the train station. Passenger service to Fairfield ended on May 1, 1971.
Volunteers just finished installing a pergola (Aug 19, 2010). Pavers will be installed later, and vines planted.
Dave and Sheri Neff inspect the work. They are heading the project to improve the park.
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Aug 2010.