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Town Square Park

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1897, 1931. 40 W. Division St. and S. Central Ave.

Though central squares and public parks are common in the Midwest, Kenmare is the only known instance in North Dakota of a centrally located town square park and commons surrounded by commercial businesses. The park was part of a plat filed in 1897 by the Minnesota Loan and Trust Company. When the titleholder tried to re-plat and sell off parcels of the park in 1905, local citizens obtained an injunction, which was reaffirmed as a permanent ruling in 1931, that this block-sized parcel must forever remain a public square, park, and common. The park is organized around gravel paths and informal landscape plantings.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Town Square Park", [Kenmare, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 142-142.

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