A couple of weeks ago I shared some jQuery sliders I made to compare past and present photographs of various locations in Springfield. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about them and I’ve been asked almost daily when I plan to make more. Luckily for those who have been waiting with bated breath for the next batch, my son went on a camping trip this weekend which meant I got a break from the incessant mischief and could dedicate some time on these.
I found a really cool method for comparing past and present photographs. Here are a few pictures I’ve been experimenting this method with (more to come soon! Update: And by soon, I mean right now! Be sure to check the new sliders out when you’re done):
Snyder Park Rest House
Littleton & Son Funeral Parlor
Warder Residence / Jones Kennedy Zechman Funeral Home
King Building Fire (1956)
I’ve heard many of stories about Snyder Park from several decades ago and one of the things that’s always interested me the most is the ice skating. Unfortunately no one skates there anymore during the winter and I’m not sure if it’s because ice skating is forbidden no or if it’s because of the poor water quality due to the preponderance of waterfowl (it’s pretty bad…). I’ve always wondered what it was like to see people skating on the frozen lake. The International Hort Club Facebook fan page posted this video yesterday. It was so cool to see that and I’m glad there was someone who thought to bring a camera to the park to capture that. I think it’s important for people to see this so that we as a community can be inspired to turn Snyder Park into this type of place again.
Be sure to Like The International Hort Club on Facebook to see great posts on local history (a huge thanks to them for sharing this video). Have any stories from the historic Snyder Park? Please feel free to share by commenting below.