Keeping Walter Johnson Field alive

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February 19, 2016 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — USD 258 wants to divest itself of the old Walter Johnson athletic field, “not to make money but to do something good for the community,” Superintendent Kay Lewis told committee members helping to find a use.

The field is a landmark in Humboldt, with an imposing rock wall on four sides, iron gates and a stadium also constructed of local limestone, all done under authority of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.

Generations of Humboldt High students played football and baseball there. Stadium and athletic fields occupy just a portion of the spacious landscape.

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