Walter Q. Gresham Memorial Park was the first park dedicated into the Harrison County
Parks system in 1967 by the Franklin Township Athletic Club.
The park's namesake, Walter Q. Gresham is one of Harrison County's most historical
personalities. Gresham was born in Lanesville, Indiana in 1832. He served as a Light Colonel
and Brigadier General during the Civil War. In 1883, he was appointed as the Post Master
General of the United States by President Chester A. Authur. He served for a short period as
the Secretary of the Treasury in 1884, and held a position as a federal judge until 1892. With
the inauguration of Grover Cleveland, in 1893, Gresham was appointed as Secretary of State, a
cabinet position he held until his death from pneumonia on May 28, 1895. Walter Q. Gresham
is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Location: 4 miles off I-64 (Exit 113) in downtown Lanesville, Indiana, next to Little Indian
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to dusk; April 1-October 31 Size: Fenced 3 acres
Ammenities: Picnic Pavilion, Playground, Restrooms, Water
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