Central Park was included in the first
city plat in 1855. It soon became the site of rendezvous and concerts
of all kinds in bandshells of different eras. A notice for a July
park concert in the 1880s indicated that the evenings program
would contain a Sousa march and Gems of Stephen Foster.
People were urged to Cut this [ad] out and take it with
you, apparently in lieu of a printed program.
A Letter to the Editor
The importance of the park was
made clear in this 1905 letter published in the Faribault