William E. Harmon was a real estate agent, born in Ohio, but lived most of his life in New York. He formed the Harmon Foundation, which contributed money to various different types of interests. One division of the Foundation was for Playgrounds in America. It is believed that somewhere between 120 and 150 communities benefited from Foundation money in order to build their recreational facility.
    Harmon was fond of saying, "A playground now will be a playground forever, for land is the one thing that does not perish. And children will play!" He also said, "The gift of land is the gift eternal. Churches will crumble. Libraries and art galleries turn to dust, endowments become lost, but land will ever be ready to fulfill the purpose to which it is dedicated."
    "Land is the gift eternal," said Mr. Harmon. "Buildings may crumble, endowments fail, but land is forever available. Fifty generations have used the playgrounds that were left as open spaces in the building of Rome, and these same playgrounds will be used for hundreds of generations. The land we set aside today in American towns and cities will serve the boys and girls not only of this generation, but of unnumbered generations to come." The New York Times, October 23, 1921.
    In helping to maintain his legacy, we are working on writing a book. If you have any information regarding Harmon Fields in America, please contact us at the e-mail address below. If you live near one of the Harmon Fields on the list, or are traveling near any of them, be sure and take some pictures and send to me.

    Thank you for any information you have that would make this a cherished book for years to come.

No. State City
1 Alabama Decatur
2 Alabama Mobile
3 Alabama Tuscaloosa
4 Arizona Phoenix
5 Arkansas Eureka Springs
6 Arkansas Paragould
7 Arkansas Russelville
8 Arkansas Stuttgart
9 California Ocean Beach
10 California Tracey
11 Colorado Alamosa
12 Florida Fort Lauderdale
13 Florida St. Petersburg
14 Georgia Canton
15 Georgia Cordell
16 Georgia Dalton
17 Idaho Twin Falls
18 Illinois Harvey
19 Indiana Bicknell
20 Kansas Coffeyville
21 Kansas Neodesha
22 Kansas Prairie Village
23 Kentucky Madisonville
24 Kentucky Mayfield
25 Louisiana Alexandria
26 Louisiana DeRidder
27 Louisiana Houma
28 Maine York Harbor
29 Maryland Denton
30 Maryland Frederick
31 Maryland Hurlock
32 Maryland Salisbury
33 Michigan Muskegon
34 Michigan St. Joseph
35 Michigan Sturgis
36 Minnesota Pipestone
37 Minnesota South St. Paul
38 Minnesota West St. Paul
39 Minnesota Worthington
40 Missouri Chaffee and More Info
41 Nebraska Kearney
42 New Hampshire Claremont
43 New Jersey East Rutherford
44 New York Herkimer
45 New York Liberty
46 New York Oneida
47 New York Saratoga Springs
48 North Carolina Saluda
49 North Carolina Tryon
50 North Dakota Williston
51 Ohio Bellefontaine
52 Ohio Bellevue
53 Ohio Bluffton
54 Ohio Bucyrus
55 Ohio Canal Fulton
56 Ohio Fostoria
57 Ohio Franklin
58 Ohio Fremont
59 Ohio Granville
60 Ohio Greenville
61 Ohio Lebanon
62 Ohio Miamisburg
63 Ohio Oberlin
64 Ohio Paulding
65 Ohio Sidney
66 Ohio Wapakoneta
67 Ohio Wauseon
68 Ohio Wellsville
69 Ohio West Carrollton
70 Oklahoma Beaver
71 Oklahoma Mangum
72 Oklahoma Okmulgee
73 Oregon Bend
74 Oregon Vernoula
75 Pennsylvania Punxsutawney
76 Pennsylvania Scranton
77 Pennsylvania Stroudsburg
78 South Carolina Charleston
79 South Carolina Dillon
80 South Carolina Marion
81 South Carolina Orangeburg
82 Tennessee Elizabethton
83 Tennessee Martin
84 Tennessee Pulaski
85 Tennessee Rockwood
86 Texas Cooper
87 Texas Fort Worth
88 Texas San Antonio
89 Texas Stamford
90 Utah Provo
91 Vermont Windsor
92 Virginia Williamsburg
93 Washington Hillyard
94 Washington Oakeedale
95 Washington Spokane
96 Washington Takoma
97 West Virginia Point Pleasant


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