“Lincoln Park was a pie-shaped wedge of lawn with a giant elm tree and a fountain on it.”
~ From Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill ~
In an article written for the “I Remember Mankato” series published in the Mankato Free Press in 1952, Maud wrote, “As we grew older we made more trips downtown, pausing to play by the fountain at Lincoln Park or rest under the big elm there.”
This is a 16 x 12 print showing the elm tree in Lincoln Park Maud Hart Lovelace described. Sadly, the 300-year-old tree succumbed to Dutch Elm disease in 1980. In 1992, then-BTS president Lona Falenczykowski and her daughter Emily planted a disease-resistant Lincoln Elm twig in honor of Maud’s 100th birthday, which is now over 80 feet tall!