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     September 27, 2019      #3D-270 SsK
 
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Beckman Park monument mystery solved 

El misterio del monumento de Beckman Park resuelto

By Jack Klasey

For more than 50 years, people visiting Kankakee's Beckman Park have been puzzled by a dome-shaped construction on a grassy area along the north side of Cobb Boulevard. Built of large, rounded fieldstones, the 6-foot-tall object would seem to be a monument of some sort — but it displays no commemorative plaque, only a blank oval area on the side facing Cobb Boulevard.

The "mystery monument" actually did, many years ago, include a bronze plaque identifying its reason for existence. On the plaque were the words: "Waterman Park, named in honor of Frank D. Waterman, former resident and loyal friend of Kankakee, August ...

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