(Throwback Thursday} #KCParks Brookside Park circa 1959.This is Brookside Park between 56th and 57th Streets on Brookside Boulevard. Most of the year, it is used for softball or baseball games. In the winter, it is one of the most popular spots in town for sledding. At the first falling of substantial snow, people flock here to go down “Suicide Hill” which has been its nickname for many years.When the photo was taken, the train tracks were still occasionally used for train traffic. City streetcars used the tracks until 1957, when they stopped running.The house and buildings at the top of the hill were built by Kansas City attorney Washington Adams and his wife Ella in 1905. There were no houses within many blocks at that time. Mrs. Adams was a cousin of President Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Adams died in 1924 and Mrs. Adams in 1936. The house was inherited by relatives who lived there until it was torn down in 1959.Part of the property was condemned for a park in 1950, due to the request of the neighborhood. There were no houses or buildings on the condemned land. The family retained ownership of the property at the top of the hill. #TBT #KCParks125 #throwbackthursday | KC Parks Instagram Photos

(Throwback Thursday} #KCParks Brookside Park circa 1959.This is Brookside Park between 56th and 57th Streets on Brookside Boulevard. Most of the year, it is used for softball or baseball games. In the winter, it is one of the most popular spots in town for sledding. At the first falling of substantial snow, people flock here to go down “Suicide Hill” which has been its nickname for many years.When the photo was taken, the train tracks were still occasionally used for train traffic. City streetcars used the tracks until 1957, when they stopped running.The house and buildings at the top of the hill were built by Kansas City attorney Washington Adams and his wife Ella in 1905. There were no houses within many blocks at that time. Mrs. Adams was a cousin of President Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Adams died in 1924 and Mrs. Adams in 1936. The house was inherited by relatives who lived there until it was torn down in 1959.Part of the property was condemned for a park in 1950, due to the request of the neighborhood. There were no houses or buildings on the condemned land. The family retained ownership of the property at the top of the hill. #TBT #KCParks125 #throwbackthursday

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