1917 Gateway Park Flagpole - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gateway Park Flag Raising - July 4, 1917

One of Monument Chapter’s functions is to erect patriotic monuments. In 1914, Monument Chapter’s first project began - the Gateway Park Flagpole. 

The flagpole was dedicated and presented to the Minneapolis Park Board on July 4, 1917.

It is an endowed flagstaff as a monu­ment to President George Washington. The 110 foot flagpole is all that survived into the 21st century from Gateway Park at Hennepin and First Street South in Minneapolis (Location: 44 degrees 59'00.93"N 93 degrees 15'59.23"W).

A medallion with a profile of George Washington is included on the base. The chapter has donated many of the 12 X 18 foot flags for this flagpole.

The inscription on the base reads:

“Presented to the city of Minneapolis as a tribute to George Washington by the Monument Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution – July the 4th AD 1917. He built his monument in our hearts. He united us under one flag. Vindicate our rights with firmness and cultivate peace with serenity.”

July 4, 1917

The flagpole was dedicated and presented to the Minneapolis Park Board. Endowment income provides the funds for the purchase of some of the twelve by eighteen foot flags.

July 1961

The first of the four 75 lb bronze eagles that originally adorned the base was stolen. It is unknown what happened to the other 3 bronze eagles.

2000

During Monument Chapter’s centennial celebration, the base of the historic Gateway Park flagstaff was restored. The stonework was tuck pointed and the inscription was redone.

April 10, 2008

As part of the 125th anniversary of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Department, Monument Chapter donated a new flag with VFW Post #1 serving as honor guard. A flag donation event was held at the Gateway Park flagpole.

Aug. 10, 2017

On August 10, 2017 Monument Chapter celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Gateway flagpole, which Monument Chapter donated to the Minneapolis Park Board in July 1917. To mark the occasion, Monument Chapter donated a new 12' x 18' flag for the Gateway flagpole. Thereafter, 22 chapter members had a luncheon meeting at the Nicollet Island Inn at which time the Minnesota Sate Regent, Faye Leach, gave a program on preserving the historic DAR monuments in Minnesota. State Regent Leach also gave newly elected Monument Chapter member Dianne Plunkett Latham, the State Vice Regent's pin.

June 14, 1918, Monument Chapter Members Gather at the Gateway Park Flagpole

August 10, 2017, Monument Chapter members mark the 100th anniversary of their donating the Gateway Flagpole by donating a new flag for the flagpole. An interesting note about this photo is that there are 22 members present, just as there are in the above June 1918 photo.

(1) Flag donation in 2008
(2) Medallion with profile of George Washington
(3) Donor inscription

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