Springfield Journal Register, date of paper which originally published the following is unknown.
"COLLECTOR'S ITEM: MILDRED PARK WITH "NEW BRIDGE"---
The collapse of the old suspension bridge at Mildred Park - near tragedy of the annual picnic of the Springfield
Retail Clerks, in August, 1905 - rather put a quietus on the rest of that season at this popular recreation spit, which
was located on the site of the present Bunn Park. But when the Park reopened the following Summer, the attractive and
substantial bridge shown here was in place and the festivities went on as before. This is one of the few
pictures we have come across which afford a glimpse of the dancing pavilion in its pretty setting under the big trees - and
with its nostalgic memories of "tripping the light fantastic" under fancy lights to the
music of Springfield's best dance orchestras of that day. We are still looking for a camera shot of the
"figure eight" which was another big attraction at the Park in that era.
Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.