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Swings installed in Carr Square - 1901

Here's a news article describing life for the children in the Carr Square tenement district in 1901. The Turners is a reference to The Turner Society movement.  The St Louis Republic 24 Jun 1901, Mon · Page 7  TURNERS' SWINGS IN CARR SQUARE DELIGHT HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN.  Youngsters Have Organized a System by Which All May Have a Chance to Enjoy Themselves.  The popularity of the swings placed In the public parks and playgrounds of St. Louis by the Turners is evidenced by the multitudes of children who fill to overflowing all the parks where the swings are placed from early morning until the keepers turn them down for the night. These children are kept off the streets and contest good-naturedly all day long for "turns” in the swings.  Perhaps the swings are more popular In Carr Square, where children come from as far as Chestnut street, Madison street, Jefferson avenue and the river. There are two and one-half acres in this square. In the center is a big fountain, and to t