You may have heard Blackwell's Riverside Park called "Monkey Park" by some Blackwell residents dating back to the 1950's, and there's a reason for that. The park had monkeys!
"Monkey Park" had a simian habitat where residents could feed the monkeys down in the "island" (the pit seen here) as well as help them play with a rope and various other toys.
In the second photo, members of the local Kiwanis Chapter (President Ralph Weigle, Ellsworth Chaufty and Don Clary) helped to rebuild the facility after the 1955 tornado.
Riverside Park also had a pool, seen in this third photograph!
Did you get to visit the Riverside Park Pool or the Monkey Island? Let us know, and if you have any pictures or stories don't hesitate to contact our Top of Oklahoma Museum to help preserve Blackwell's history!
#Throwback Time for briefing before our snorkeling experience, it was a nice day with our friends from Florida, Nashville, and Houston!!
We will be back to enjoy the turquoise waters!
Our Shore Excursions Includes:
🌞 Private Round-way Transportation
🌞 Clean vehicles with driver & AC
🌞 Local guide
🌞 Stops for photos
🌞 Custom stops at local markets
🌞 Back on time to cruise port
🌞 Family Friendly