Gilbert Knapp Plaque

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Gilbert Knapp Plaque - 'But Not Forgotten' By Robert J. Herman...
'But Not Forgotten' By Robert J. Herman JoiiinnUTimex Slalf Small bronze plates, mounted on stones in scattered corners of city parks, bring back many episodes now fading into Racine's past. Half forgotten, seldom noticed, the markers recall memorable events from the community's early days. One, located indoors at Fratt School, marks the disappearance of a stream from the face of the city. That marker, dedicated as were many in the city by the Racine Chapter of the Dau^ihters of the American Revolution, is on the site of the old Fratt farm. Sylvan Dell. The farm was named for Sylvan Creek, which flowed through it on its way to the Root River. But today, with nearly a century of .home building and street and sewer construction in the area, all that's left of the creek is the lagoon in Mound Cemetery. The markers—more than a dozen in all in Racine—note event* spanning more than a century of the city's history. A monument overlooking Lake Michigan commemorates the founding of Racine in 18.14 by Gilbert Knapp, a sea captain who made hi« early travels to Racine from Chicago on horseback. But Capt. Knapp, at 15 a crew member on a blockade runner during the War ef 1812, made his first trip along the banks of the Root River in 1828. He had anchored his ship at the mouth of the river during a cruise along the lake's weet shore. The marker to Capt. Knapp, however, doesn't mark the first white men to visit the ares. On the southeast comer of Main Street Bridge, which spans the river tbat atcraoted the first white nm. tm the area, i« a bronze plaque^ liPiWS^CM. H Three leaders of founding a half eentury farms along the Root located at the West end Ave The plaque at left versary of the death American revolution and fell mortAlly wounded A stairway winds from this monument flown to the ^ore where Racine's founder, Gilbert Knapp, first viewed Racine. Capt. Knapp's memorial readet "Gilbert Knapp Park. This memorial Is dedicated In memory of Capt Gilbert Knapp who founded Racine, Wisconsin, In the year 1834. This memorial is a i>equest to the City of Racine by Herman C. Menge, 1949." The memorial committee Is noted at the bottom. Pausing by the marker were Judy Rogan, left, of 2210 Prospect St, and Lisa Christensen of 1126 BrookerSt

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  1. The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin,
  2. 04 Sep 1960, Sun,
  3. Page 13

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