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The town park was given to the city of Lawson by the Saint Joseph Land Company on February 20, 1872. In 1916, Lawson’s Civic Improvement Club was organized and the first project of the club was beautification of the city park. The park was equipped with lights that year and the light company furnished the power for free. Also newly organized, the town band gave its first concert in the park.

On November 9, 1924, the stone pavilion in city park was dedicated as a memorial to the veterans of World War I. The building’s front carries a bronze tablet inscribed with all their names. Additional honors have been added to the park commemorating the memory of veterans who served in World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The city park continues to provide quality of life to the citizens of Lawson.