Verges Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 42° 02.214 W 097° 25.134
14T E 630869 N 4655082
Verges Park Historical Marker
Waymark Code: WM4FBT
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 08/16/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 27

Marker reads as follows


This park developed on ground once known as the "clay pit." John F. Flynn came to Norfolk in April 1880 to start a brick factory at this site. Flynn, Dr. Ferdinand Verges, August Pilger, and Herman Gerecke formed the Norfolk Brick and Tile Company, which operated from 1888 until 1907.

Dr. Verges came to Norfolk in 1880. For three generations the family practiced medicine in the community. Dr. Carl J. Verges, son of Ferdinand, bought the 4 1/2 acres in 1907 after the clay's quality declined. He tore down the buildings and in 1916 converted the clay pit into a private park. Landscaping included a lagoon, a foot bridge, and a gazebo.

In 1933 a cave lined with concrete and decorated with comic strip figures was dug into the 90-foot west bank. It was used for meetings and parties. In 1959 Dr. and Mrs. C.J. Verges deeded the park to the city, which gave it to the Elkhorn Valley Historical Society in 1986.

Nebraska State Historical Society
Elkhorn Valley Historical Society of Norfolk
Verges Park (Norfolk Brick and Tile Company)
Verges Park (Tax Lot 10), Norfolk
Madison County
Marker 356

Marker Name: Verges Park

City: yes

Roadside: no

Other: yes

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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