The original platting of the town of North St. Louis, at the time several miles north of the city center, originally called for three circular parks in the middle of the street grid: one for a school, one for an open park, and finally one for a church. As it were, the vision materialized, though the circular plats for the school and church are now largely obscured. The middle park, Jackson Park, still exists and functions as the terminus for North Market Street. Interestingly, over a hundred years ago industry and manufacturing began to creep in to what was meant to be a coveted address for the leading members of North St. Louis society.
As can now be seen, the industry has left the circle around Jackson Park as well; the hulking remains, scarred by terrible graffiti, still sit on the south side of the park.
Sanborn maps reveal what the neighborhood looked like one hundred years ago, and the houses that once lined the park still stand, though certainly their days were numbered.