THROUGH MY GRANDFATHER’S EYES: A HISTORY AND MEMORIES OF UNION PARK, 1891–2011.

ThroughMyGrandfathersEyesUnionPark[Book: Cindy Sand Nielsen – 2015 – 21x28cm – 156 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. Union Park (Dubuque, Iowa) started as Stewart Park in 1891. The park was conceived as a way to introduce electricity to the City of Dubuque and as a way to provide a fun, family atmosphere, including amusement rides, live music, vaudeville acts and picnics. A flash flood on July 9, 1919 led to the demise of the park in 1934. This is the story of Union Park – including from a personal perspective. Chapter Points: Introduction; Acknowledgements; The Showcase of an Invention; “All Aboard the Trolley”; The Bonz Family – Caretakers of Union Park; The Wonder Cave – The Buildings and Concessions – The Rides and Children’s Playground; Vaudeville and The Mammoth Theater; Catastrophes at Union Park; “Zeno Remembers” – The Union Park Flood of July 9, 1919; The Rescuers; The Aftermath of the Flood – July 10, 1919; A New Beginning – The Purchase of Union Park; Union Park – A Personal Perspective; Tranel Family Members at Union Park; The Union Park Flood Victims; Appendices; Bibliography. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.