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Crapo Park, Burlington

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Crapo Park is a city park with arboretum and botanical garden, alongside the Mississippi River at Parkway Drive, Burlington, Iowa. Those who are not familiar with the park often mispronounce it as "crap-oh" Park, with the correct pronunciation being Park.
It is reputed to be the site where the American flag was first raised on Iowa's soil, by Zebulon Pike in 1805.
The park includes an arboretum containing more than 200 varieties of trees and shrubs, as well as botanical gardens of annuals and perennials. As of 2003, the following park trees were on Iowa's statewide "Big Tree" list: Arizona cypress, black hickory, pawpaw, and black walnut .
The park was established in 1895 by Philip Crapo, a local businessman and philanthropist, in time for the Iowa semi-centennial (1896), with landscape engineering by Earnshaw and Punshon of Cincinnati, Ohio. The park includes walking paths and four shelters, as well as Lake Starker (constructed 1905, 1.5acre, 0.6 hectares), the Hawkeye Natives Log Cabin (replica constructed 1910), Zebulon Pike Memorial, and Foehlinger Fountain. It also includes the Black Hawk Spring and Cave, commemorating Chief Black Hawk. One can crawl for more than a hundred feet through a rock tube before the passage gets too small. A cold spring runs through the cave as well. The neighboring Dankwardt Park is popular with frisbee-golf enthusiasts.
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  • If you enjoy nature then this is the place to go. very nice and clean, Just a great place to relax and enjoy.  more »
  • As a child this was a picnic spot for my family. Always so well cared for and plenty of room for family gatherings. Very close to Dankwardt Park so lots of space and both are very well cared for.  more »
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  • Beautiful park! Great place to relax. Had a great time playing the disc golf tournament here.
  • So nice, went with my wife and son out munze hunting. Lots of people out enjoying the park!

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