Eagle Point Park – Clinton, Iowa

eaglepoint_1.jpg Eagle Point Park  – Clinton, Iowa

Description – Overlooking the Mississippi River and General Zebulon Pike Lock and Dam (No. 13) are the 164 acres known as Eagle Point Park. Visitors are provided with spectacular views of the river and parts of Illinois, and Iowa. Shelter buildings constructed from native stone are available by reservation. The park offers many more amenities, such as: picnic tables, barbecue grills, tennis courts, wading pool, viewing towers, playground equipment, horseshoe courts, and a band shell.

Situated in the northern section of Clinton is one of the best assets of our fair city, beautiful Eagle Point Park well-maintained, unusual and very delightful.

There is a stone look-out tower that the locals refer to as the “Castle”.  Kids have played in and around it for years as they crawl in and out of the lower holes or jump out of the windows which are 4 feet off the ground.  The Castle has a spiral stone staircase winding around twice before it reaches the top of the building.  It was built by the WPA along with two bridges, a recirculating waterfall and a stone staircase which goes down the bluff although part of the stairwell is now gone since the bluff has fallen away somewhat.  There is also a wooden lodge that was built by the WPA.

In 1888, mule-drawn cars ran on a narrow-gauge rail from Main Street to what was at that time named Joyce’s Park, which is now called Eagle Point Park. When the Clinton Street Railway (owners of the park) changed to electric-driven cars in 1891, it was necessary to enlarge its tracks. Because there was no entrance to the park except by rail, the company ran an eight-mile line to the park in 1902. From that time on, there were open cars to the park during the summer months, and service all year to within a short distance of the park.

Rail fare was five cents per person, but entrance to the park was free. Four pavilions, concession stands and a variety of amusement equipment were located in the park. Free movies were shown every night and many dances were held in the early part of the century.

The history of the park make this a place that you will want to visit, drive through or picnic in while visiting Clinton.

Admission – None

Directions – in the northeast part of town, taking Rhomberg Avenue out to Shiras Avenue

Address: 3900 North 3rd Street Clinton, Iowa

Hours – dawn to dusk, May 1 – October 23

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (319) 589-4263

Comments

  1. christine nelson says:

    we have been having our family reunion at eagle point for forty some years now. it is a beautiful park. i wish the monkey house was still there

  2. Ahh…the monkey house. A relative of mine used to work at the monkey house at the park and I’ve been trying to find out more about him and the monkeys. In fact, that branch of the family had Nelsons….Nels or Elmer Nelson…his a second marriage to a widowed blood relative – Katharine Christiansen Kramer.

  3. john sawvell says:

    eagle point is a great park ,but there is no plugins except for i small privilion on the intrance to the park . i wish there were plugins in all the privilions—–outdoors .beatifull park though

  4. Christi B. says:

    One of my favorite parks. But it is actually in Dubuque, Iowa, not Clinton. Clinton isn’t even close to the Mississippi :) .
    http://www.cityofdubuque.org/index.aspx?NID=573

    Shiras Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    (563) 589-4263

  5. Christi B. says:

    *meant to say Clinton is south of Dubuque, it is on the Mississippi.

  6. Christi, there are two parks by the name of Eagle Point. One is in Clinton, and one in Dubuque. They both appear to have nice views and interesting structures.

  7. Beverly Clark says:

    Sixty years ago, my parents drove us to a park where we saw christmas lights. I remember the blue lights. And there was a “Hickory-Dickory Dock” item.

    Was this at Eagle Point Park?

    Bev Clzrk

  8. Robert Mellen says:

    I think that the pedestrian entrance gate should be left unlocked. I used to enjoy going up to the outlooks and watch the sun rise across the pool. I understand about vandalism and such but who’s really the victim if everyone is locked out?

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