Best Answer

Brief History of Olson Rug Co. Olson Rug Co. was established in 1874. The manufacturing mill was located in Chicago at Diversey Ave. and Pulaski Road. During the War era, when raw material was scarce, people would send in their old wool rugs, rags, clothing etc. and Olson Rug would turn them into beautiful area rugs. The family-owned business was "the place" to buy rugs for many years. Alongside the factory was the renowned Olson Memorial Park. Walter E. Olson built the 22 acre park in 1935. The project took nearly six months to complete. About 800 tons of stone and 800 yards of soil were used for its construction. Approximately 3,500 perennials were planted, along with numerous species of junipers, spruces, pines, arbor-vitaes and annuals. The park consisted of a stunning rock garden, duck pond and 35-foot waterfall. Olson Park became a popular spot for family outings. During the first Sunday after its dedication, Olson Park attracted as many as 600 visitors per hour. In 1965, Olson Rug sold its building to Marshall Fields. In the 1970's the waterfall was turned off and the park dismantled to make room for a parking lot. Today Olson Rug Co. is a 17-store Chicago based chain whose main business is retail residential floor coverings. Olson Rug sells a wide variety of carpet, area rugs, wood and laminate floors, ceramic tile and vinyl. It was a replica of a waterfall at the Wisconsin vacation home of Mr. Olson. I didn't learn this until years after the park was razed. (My dad used to take us to the park to climb the falls several times a year, and always for the Injun Summer display.) In one of the patient lounge areas funded by the Olson family in Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, there was (maybe still is?) a tapestry of the original waterfall with a plaque explaining the connection.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2007-09-26 05:16:46
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +5 pts
Q: The Olson Memorial Park waterfall was a replica of what waterfall?
Write your answer...

Related Questions

How could princess be remembered?

Coins, statues, memorial stamps, monuments. If you are referring to Diana there is I just found out- a memorial waterfall in Hyde Park. Not the Hyde Park frequented by Franklin Delano Roosevelt!- the one in England.

Where was there a waterfall in Chicago in the late 1920s or early 1930's?

The Olson Rug Company built a small park in 1935 including a duck pond and 35-foot waterfall outside its factory at the northwest corner of Diversey and Pulaski. The building is now Marshall Field's furniture warehouse, and the park was removed in 1970. Old postcards with pictures of the waterfall are fairly easy to find on eBay.

Does yosemite national park have a waterfall?

yes there are lots of waterfall

When was Memorial Recreation Park created?

Memorial Recreation Park was created in 1945.

When was Wilsonville Memorial Park created?

Wilsonville Memorial Park was created in 1969.

When was Anchorage Memorial Park created?

Anchorage Memorial Park was created in 1915.

When was Angelus Memorial Park created?

Angelus Memorial Park was created in 1951.

Where is the biggest memorial park in the UK?

The biggest memorial park in the United Kingdom is in Coventry. It is simply called the History of War Memorial Park, this park was opened in 1921 and has been running every since.

When was El Camino Memorial Park created?

El Camino Memorial Park was created in 1960.

When was Battleship Memorial Park created?

Battleship Memorial Park was created on 1965-01-09.

When was John Howell Memorial Park created?

John Howell Memorial Park was created in 1988.

When was Bob Hunter Memorial Park created?

Bob Hunter Memorial Park was created in 2006.

When was Rose Hills Memorial Park created?

Rose Hills Memorial Park was created in 1914.

When was Hyde Memorial State Park created?

Hyde Memorial State Park was created in 1938.

When was Donner Memorial State Park created?

Donner Memorial State Park was created in 1928.

What is the area of Central Memorial Park?

The area of Central Memorial Park is 18,939.288056832 square meters.

When was Alta Mesa Memorial Park created?

Alta Mesa Memorial Park was created in 1904.

When was Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery created?

Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery was created in 1924.

When was Caswell Memorial State Park created?

Caswell Memorial State Park was created in 1952.

When was Whitewater Memorial State Park created?

Whitewater Memorial State Park was created in 1949.

What is the area of Memorial Park Omaha?

The area of Memorial Park - Omaha - is 271,139.3803008 square meters.

When was Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery created?

Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery was created in 1923.

When was Memorial Lake State Park created?

Memorial Lake State Park was created in 1945.

When was Desert Memorial Park created?

Desert Memorial Park was created on 1956-10-31.

When was Putnam Memorial State Park created?

Putnam Memorial State Park was created in 1887.