Our trip to the Roscoe Conkling Park was brief, but it is a beautiful park and we hope to return. The park is perched atop Utica’s high hills, and overlooks the city and the Mohawk Valley with breathtaking views.
The park is named for Utica resident and mayor Roscoe Conkling. He was a popular mayor and national congressman, and also rubbed elbows with national political luminaries, such as Senator Thomas Pratt and President Chester Arthur. As a matter of fact, it was even speculated that Conkling has something to do with the assassination of President James Garfield so that Conkling’s pal (and Vice-President) Chester Arthur could become president. Conkling was influential in the nomination of Ulysses S. Grant as president.
When we wandered the park, we were alone, except for a few joggers. At the top of the hill are various monuments to local philanthropists.
We have visited the historic homes of the men noted here. See our visit to Fountain Elms in Utica to read about our great trip.
A curious tin chair rested in the ground. It looked out of place!
The best thing of all is the view of the valley. The Val Bialas ski lift begins up here. What a beautiful view! In the summer evenings, the city must look spectacular.
Also down the hill is the Utica Zoo– we love the Zoo. Read about our wintertime exploits here. Roscoe Conkling Park is lovely– it must be a wonderful and peaceful repose from the hectic city living below.