History of the West Park Neighborhood 

The purpose of this site is to provide an informal site concerning the history of the area and to share personal memories of the neighborhood.  The West Park community, as considered here, consists of four neighborhoods located west of West 117th Street including the Jefferson, Kamm's Corners, Riverside and Puritas-Longmead areas.  This approximates the original composition of the neighborhood.

The name was derived from a wooded park with a lake that John West operated on his property at Lorain Avenue roughly between West 138th and 140th Streets.  It was known as "West's Park" but evolved into "West Park" for the short-lived town that developed in the area. 

This site is not intended to serve as a neighborhood directory nor as a totally complete listing but to be simply a place to share some of its history, images and memories.

If you have memories and photos of your experiences in the West Park neighborhood that you would like to share please feel free to Email it to the West Park History website. ("Click" the name link to send an email to this website.)  If you have a website which you think would be relevant please feel free to let us know about it so we can provide a link to it on this site.

This is an independent endeavor.  It is not a commercial site and is not affiliated with any neighborhood organization such as the West Park Historical Society.

We do not accept advertising.

Latest Articles & Features

by Gary Swilik unless otherwise noted

West Park's Old City Hall
Became First District Police Station

Richard J. Bagger West Park's Music Man

The Nipper Family

Created by Gary Swilik  and  Charles C. Chaney

NOTE:  I must apologize for not properly updating the site for several months.  I had a problem with the software that I was using.  When Apple brought out the latest OS update it prevented the use of 36 bit software that I have been using.  I need to switch to 64 bit software.  However, I have not found anything comparable to Kompozer (32 bit).  I got a copy of RapidWeaver but I have not been able to grasp how to use it.  Even following some video instructions, I could get so far but could not get beyond that point.  Evidently, I must find someone who can assist me in learning it.  At the moment, I am using my old iMac because it will still run 32 bit software.  I would love to sell it but will not untilI find alternate 64 bit software.      ---   Charles C. Chaney

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Updated:  25 February 2020