Alongside the factory was the renowned Olson Memorial Park. Walter E. Olson built the approx. 2-acre park in 1935. The project took nearly six months to complete. About 800 tons of stone and 800 yards of soil were used for its construction. Approximately 3,500 perennials, along with numerous species of pines, junipers, spruces, arborvitaes, and annuals served as a stark contrast to the area’s industrial surroundings. Olson Park’s stunning rock garden, duck pond, and 35-foot waterfall which replicated a waterfall on the Ontonagon River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
OLSON PARK AND WATERFALL
The park's decor changed with the season. At Christmas, there was the obligatory Santa, at Easter the obligatory Easter Bunny. Halloween saw a floodlit moon hung over the waterfall, complete with a witch on a broomstick.
In some years, the great lawn featured a re-creation on McCutcheon's famed cartoon "Injun Summer."
Marshall Field & Company bought the Olson Rug plant and turned it into a Field's warehouse in 1965. Marshall Field's kept the park operating until 1978, then bulldozed it in favor of more parking.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
 "Injun Summer" was first published in the Chicago Tribune, written by, John T. McCutcheon, and printed in the September 30, 1907 newspaper. McCutcheon won a Pultizer Prize in 1932, the first Tribune staff member to receive journalism's coveted award.
Thoughts About "Injun Summer."
One day in the early fall of 1907, cartoonist John T. McCutcheon found himself groping for inspiration for a drawing to fill his accustomed spot on the front page of the Tribune. He thought back to his boyhood in the 1870s on the lonely cornfields of Indiana. "There was, in fact, little on my young horizon in the middle 1870s beyond corn and Indian traditions," McCutcheon recalled later, "It required only a small effort of the imagination to see spears and tossing feathers in the tasseled stalks, tepees through the smoky haze..."
That "small effort of imagination" became McCutcheon's classic drawing "Injun Summer." It was accompanied by a lengthy discourse with the plain-spoken charm of Mark Twain. The cartoon proved so popular that it made an annual appearance in the Tribune beginning in 1912, and over the years ran in hundreds of other newspapers.