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Soldiers Place - OU0441


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N 42° 55.518' W 78° 52.430' (WGS84)

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 Location: United States > New York
 Cache Type: BIT Cache
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 09 April 2012
 Date Created: 09 April 2012
 Last Modified: 27 April 2012
 Waypoint: OU0441


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Soldiers Place, also called Soldiers Circle, forms the central connecting point of Buffalo's parkway system, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Soldiers Place is the point at which Lincoln, Chapin, and Bidwell Parkways converge. The parkways in Olmsted's day were smoothly paved and intended solely for use of private carriages. Featuring 200-foot rights of way and flanked by several rows of trees, they were designed to provide open space for the neighborhoods through which they passed.


Soldiers place was originally a very large circle that was meant to hold the likes of the Soldiers & Sailors monument now gracing Lafayette Square. When the monument was erected downtown, Soldiers Place received four large naval parrot rifles mounted on Grand Army of the Republic carriages and accompanied by stacks of cannon balls. Colonial Circle also had similar guns and projectiles. From the very start, junkmen found the cannon balls irresistible.


The cannons and ammunition stacks were removed from Soldiers Place in 1937 by Parks Commissioner Frank A Coon who condemned them as traffic hazards. Motorists would cut across the street-level circle, sometimes crashing into the massive gun tubes. Coon argued that the cannons had no historic significance -- the navy had supposedly condemned the guns without ever putting them into service. Coon had removed the artillery pieces from Colonial Circle the year before for the same reasons. Everything was sold for scrap.


As a gesture to mark his leaving the Buffalo City Council (giving the gavel to Peter J Crotty in 1947) Kneeland B Wilkes used $10,000 of his own money to beautify Soldiers Place. It had earlier gone to seed due to a lack of Parks Department funds. This work was done during 1948 and featured a low stone wall and flagstone walk. The circle was then renovated one more time, getting its current pear trees. In 1998, members of the immediate neighborhood started an effort to revive Soldiers Place yet again.


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1 16 August 2012 Mr.Yuck Found it

Now this circle I've been around many a time. And as an added bonus, the BIT was there! I did not look for the nearby Gates Circle though. The parks depertment does keep these circles in nice shape. TFTC.

1 14 July 2012 DudleyGrunt Found it

3427.  I'd originally thought I'd try to head home from WNY by 2 PM or so, but I didn't even finish with Grand Island get in to Buffalo until 3:00.  I HAD to get thes BITs done.

Interesting sculpture, nearby.

Thanks and Happy Trails!

1 28 April 2012 Sabrefan7 Found it

Just a beautiful neighborhood. Took a short walk around after getting the code taking pics of the sculpture and the Buffalo Seminary . Very interesting history, thanks for placing the BIT cache SF7

1 28 April 2012 Cayuga Crew Found it