Benton Park general boundaries are defined as Gravois Ave. on the North, southward to Interstate Highway 55 (I-55) on the East to Cherokee St., on the South, westward to Cherokee St. to S. Jefferson Ave., on the West to Gravois Av.
Parks in Benton Park
Aboussie Park was established in 1981 and is located near Sidney and 13th Street, and just east of the chain link fence on the I-55 easement. The stretch of Interstate that Aboussie Park lines, is probably most recognizable by the shuttered 'Hi-Way Bar' visible just south of the Sidney overpass.
Benton Park's site was originally set aside for a City cemetery at the time of the sale of land in the old St. Louis Commons in 1836. Benton Park was created by City Ordinance in 1866 after the founding of Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemeteries in North St. Louis made possible this transformation into a well shaded and popular pleasure area.
Carnegie Park was originally intended for market purposes, but property owners protested and that scheme was abandoned. The Park Department was then put in charge of the playground. It was developed into a public park in 1904.
Lemp Avenue, Wyoming and Utah Streets and the Interstate easement outline the park. Just south of Arsenal Street, this park affords good views of the historic Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery.
The park was placed into ordinance in 1963. It used to be called Pontiac Central Park, but the name was changed. Fremont takes its name from John C. Fremont, American explorer, plant collector, military man, politician, etc.
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