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Sunken Gardens

S 27th St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502 USA

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“built on a former abandoned neighborhood dumpsite”

Built in 1930, the Sunken Gardens was a Depression-era project, built on a former abandoned neighborhood dumpsite. The 1.5 acres were originally donated by the Seacrests, the Faulkners and the Freys -- long time Lincoln families. As a part of a city program helping unemployed men to earn money, E.M. Bair hired crew members to work on this garden. The men worked eight-hour shifts, two days a week for a total of $6.40 per week. Lincoln's "Rock Garden" (as it was originally called) reflected the popular 1930's trend for rock gardens in progressive communities. Rocks were used for the garden's skeleton, structures like water fountains and retaining walls at different heights to create terraced levels.

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Reviewed by
Evee Moroz

  • 8 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 09, 2015
Rated 4.0

Free stop along the road, great chance to snap pictures.

2 people found this review helpful

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Scott S

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
January 30, 2021
Rated 4.0

Beautiful place and got some great photos here. Cool history behind this garden

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 08, 2018
Rated 5.0

We stopped here in May and saw people playing music and planting flowers. It was nice. Then we happened to be going through the area again the beginning of August. We wanted to see how the garden looked then. So glad we stopped again! It was amazing and so beautiful! Definitely one of my favorite places on our roadtrip. I definitely recommend it. Nice place to take a break from driving and take pictures and be refreshed.

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June 29, 2014

Beautiful little place to walk around and stretch your legs.

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Sunken Gardens

S 27th St
Lincoln, Nebraska
68502 USA

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