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     January 6, 2020      #1G-6 SsK

Jack Klasey: Alpiner was the âPlay ball!â

Jack Klasey

What is the common thread connecting one of Kankakee’s oldest parks with one of the city’s oldest church buildings?

Limestone — in the form of building blocks cut from a one-time quarry (today’s Alpiner Park) that were used to erect the First Baptist Church (now Wildwood Church of the Nazarene) on the northeast corner of Court Street and Indiana Avenue.

The church and several other downtown buildings were constructed with stone from that quarry in the early 1860s. Operated by a man named Davis Woodward, the quarry was located along the east bank of the Kankakee ...

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