|Thankful for community.|
Time Keeper: Linda
- Welcome, Agenda, Introductions, Agenda
- Open forum with new Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
- North Ave Task Force - update on November 10th meeting
- Discussion with Elected and Appointed Officials
NORTH END, ETHAN ALLEN TOWER HISTORY
|1975: North Burlington News for Northenders|
The iconic Ethan Allen Tower has been a symbol of Burlington's North End for 110 years.
William J. Van Patten owned the land, and he wished it made into a public park. He and his Morgan horse, "old Mattie" -- as well as a large crew of men -- cleared underbrush, fallen or dead trees, and timber. They created a "scenic beauty", lush with growing wildlife and four winding paths called 'Table Rock Drive', 'River Bank Drive', 'Eastern Drive', and 'Pinnacle'.
|2015: Neighborhood Planning Assemblies commission WELCOME sign.|
Van Patten offered twelve acres of the park land -- from the river to the road -- to the Sons of the Revolution if they would erect a stone tower with a path leading to it as a memorial to the great hero of the Green Mountain Boys, Ethan Allen, on Prospect Rock. On Bennington's Day, 1905, a stone tower, designed by Manager R. C. Cottom, was formerly dedicated. This tower is on the highest pinnacle of land, which once was part of Ethan Allen's farm. For two centuries, this pinnacle was a lookout for Native Americans and European settlers who were looking for enemies who used Lake Champlain and the Winooski River as water routes leading north, south, and east.
In the Burlington Free Press from 1920 (the year Van Patten died), an article written in memory of William J. Van Patten reads, "No man in Burlington from its earliest days of settlement ever gave so much as Van Patten." The Burlington Traction Company soon extended the trolley line to accommodate the fascinating new attraction. To this day, residents from Burlington, as well as many tourists, have been enjoying the scenic paths and blooming wildlife which make up the Ethan Allen Park.