Animal cage, Bever Park, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Visitors of all ages surrounding an animal cage. Bever Park was established in 1893, after the death of prominent Cedar Rapids businessman Sampson Bever, whose family owned the wooded land. The Bever Park Zoo, which would become home to lions, bears, alligators, monkeys and other animals, opened in 1901, and trolley service to the park, then two miles outside of the Cedar Rapids city limits, began in 1904. 1910 postmark. Number 49.