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Haskell Park

Photo of Mr. Willis G. Haskell, The History Center clipping files, 1908.

 This small triangular park along the old Lincoln Highway route is named for Willis “Billy” Haskell. Haskell was  described as one of the “most colorful figures to ever grace public life in Cedar Rapids.” He and his family   operated a successful retail and wholesale coal       company in this city for many decades. Haskell was   later a high profile Iowa state legislator. He was known for owning one of the very first automobiles in this area and was a tireless promotor of the early 20th Century “Good Roads” movement. Haskell is credited with     ensuring that the Lincoln Highway be routed through Cedar Rapids thus connecting the community to the  famous New York to California roadway.

Mark W. Stoffer Hunter, Research Historian, The History Center

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