the untold stories of wilderness park
The Untold Stories of Wilderness Park
My midwestern need to constantly go elsewhere ironically brought me to my own backyard. Upon return to a familiar park in Lincoln, Nebraska, I follow my inner-child’s curiosity in attempt to uncover mysteries and discover treasures of the past. The adult mind that is tricked into always yearning for what’s next diminishes in this piece, as each visit to the park reveals what’s already there. An entangled tale of true history and personal struggle, worlds collide on a path that takes endless forms.
Documented over the course of six months in the woods of Wilderness Park, I recount memories of the people I once wandered with, dig up some secrets along the way and eventually find solace in the lone walk.
Wilderness Park in southeast Lincoln stretches over seven miles long and is home to hundreds of wildlife and plant species. The area has a rich history, once home to a corn mill, a Methodist tourist attraction, a music amphitheater and most notably, an unsolved crime scene: the Rock Island train wreck that killed 11 people in 1894 by sabotage. The train wreckers were never caught.