Statue of Benton
The first bandstand was constructed in 1867 coinciding with the opening of Benton Place -- a private street (or, in the local terminology, “private place)” off Park Avenue. In 1868, an historic crowd of 25,000 to 40,000 gathered to witness the unveiling of a bronze statue of Senator Thomas Hart Benton.
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J. G. Holland Scribner's Monthly, An Illustrated Magazine for the People (New York, NY: Scribner & Co., 1874)