A Playground and Community Center

A Playground and Community Center (HM1JIO)

Location: Topeka, KS 66612 Shawnee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 2.278', W 95° 40.57'

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Like all of the city's schools, students and local residents used Monroe School for multiple activities. A student club called "The Downbeat" held dances in the combined gym and auditorium. Local churches and civic organizations used the space for meetings and to host pageants and plays. Neighbors browsed the school library and attended lectures given by public speakers.
The school did not own an outside playground until the Board of Education purchased a strip of land of this side of Monroe Street in 1943. Students later recalled the boys wrestling and playing tag on the new playfield before school started, while the girls jumped rope or enjoyed a game of hopscotch. The park service invites you to continue this tradition of recreation by enjoying the field today.
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Baseball has long been a pastime for many Topeka residents.
Miss Laura's Coffee Shop, on the corner of Monroe and 15th Streets, served as a popular location for students to buy lunch because the school did not have a cafeteria.
Year Placed2014
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 268372 N 4324398
Decimal Degrees39.03796667, -95.67616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 2.278', W 95° 40.57'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 2' 16.68" N, 95° 40' 34.2" W
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Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1515 SE Monroe St, Topeka KS 66612, US
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