Fejervary Park

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Fejervary Park
Mother Goose Davenport, Iowa.JPG
Mother Goose Land entrance
Type Public park
Location Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′50″N 90°36′20″W / 41.53056°N 90.60556°W / 41.53056; -90.60556
Area 75-acre (0.30 km2)
Operated by Davenport Parks and Recreation
Open Year round
Official name Mother Goose
Designated February 7, 2007[1]

Fejervary Park is located in the west end of Davenport, Iowa, United States. The 75-acre (0.30 km2) park is dominated by rolling green grass hills and trees.[2] It features play ground equipment and an aquatic center. The Putnam Museum is located just to the east of the park.


The property for Fejervary Park was given to the city by Celestine Fejérváry, a daughter of Nicholas Fejérváry.[3] He was a Hungarian nobleman who came to Davenport as a refuge in 1853 following the failure of an insurrection in his native Hungary. The park was the site of Fejervary’s estate. He chose the location for his home because the steep bluffs with a view of the Mississippi River reminded him of his home on the Danube River.[4] The house, which was on the site at the time of the donation, is now gone. All that remains of the buildings is a carriage barn.[5] The park land was acquired by the Davenport Board of Parks Commissioners as part of a city program to develop public parks throughout the city. Other parks in the program at the time included Vander Veer, Riverview Terrace, and Prospect.[6]

A municipal zoo was added to the park in 1909.[7] It became known as Mother Goose Land. Patrons would enter the zoo through a large Mother Goose structure. There was also a feature called Monkey Island. The Mother Goose entryway was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 2007,[1] and the zoo itself closed in 2008.


  1. ^ a b Historic Preservation Commission. "Davenport Register of Historic Properties" (PDF). City of Davenport. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Public Parks". City of Davenport. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Chapter XXIII: City of Davenport". Scott County Iowa USGen Web. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ Alma Gaul (April 4, 2011). "Generosity of Davenport’s long-dead Hungarian count pays for college scholarships today". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  5. ^ Larry Fisher (January 31, 2011). "Carriage_Barn_013111 (photo)". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ Dennett, Muessig; Associates, Ltd. "Prospect Park Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  7. ^ Tory Brecht (June 4, 2008). "Council opts to convert Fejervary into 'eco park'". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

Coordinates: 41°31′50″N 90°36′20″W / 41.530556°N 90.605556°W / 41.530556; -90.605556