Update: The bronze plaque visible in the photos above and below was stolen sometime in the last couple of years. There is no explanation of when it happened, or who may have stolen it. There seems to be no plans to replace it. This is one of many bronze plaques stolen from monuments around St. Louis in the last decade.
To say Lyon Park is forgotten is an understatement. Other than some softball leagues who play there in the summer, I have never really seen anyone there when I go by. But the memorial to the Union general, Nathaniel Lyon, who captured Fort Jackon in the early weeks of the Civil War, is worth visiting.
The statue group itself is not really particularly well done, and a far cry from the masterpiece in Peoria I photographed last year.
In ancient Roman civilization, the fasces represented the power of many bound together in pursuit of the common good, while the axe symbolized the power to kill in order to attain it.
This bronze low-relief placard depicts the surrender of the militia at the corner of Lindell and Grand.
There’s another Egyptian Revival monument, an obelisk, in another corner of the park.
Interestingly, the plinth, though sculpted to look like masonry, seems to be a single block of pink granite.
The topography of the park seems unchanged; it undulates and rises and falls; I do not think it was ever graded.