This little area just north of the high school softball field is a beautiful place to gather under the trees and along the walking trail. There are usually 3-5 picnic tables and a grill available for use
Anderson Park, where the high school Vikings play baseball and a multitude of organizations and families
have picnics, began as a gift from Stanton merchant J.S. Anderson in the very early 1900s. He was one of the very earliest settlers.
The baseball diamond was not established until 1940 when an additional land gift and creek straightening allowed the present layout to be constructed. The town team had played on a field west of the Wistrom Oil station in 1939, when lights were installed.
A spring known and used in pioneer days was tapped for drinking water [using a pump and one metal drinking cup] for players and others. The pump was next to the home team dugout. The baseball area, the bridge, the creek, and the playground equipment have been renovated since then, but Baseball Day continues.
Danny Anderson Baseball Field
Danny Anderson’s youthful spirit was fueled by a rare talent. He was an athlete who could throw a baseball with velocity, movement and control. He was a pitching wizard when he entered high school, starring on the school squad and, at 15, was a starter on a talented town team. Major league scouts came to watch. He was a baseball wonder in a town that couldn’t get enough baseball.
On graduation day, scouts from three teams were waiting on his porch. He ended up signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The world was at his doorstep! A couple of years to develop in the minors and it would be big-time, the major leagues. An injury to his arm took place in the spring of his second year. The Pirates did what they could to save it. They sent him to Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. The arm couldn’t be restored. He could play and would do so in the army and with the town team, but he would never again throw a baseball as he once had.
Antique Tractor Display
The annual Stanton Antique Tractor Display was started in 2007 by Kevin and Mike Bruning. The tractor display is held at Anderson Park every August. It has grown over the years and now has well over 75 tractors coming from all over the Southwest Iowa area. Local businesses donate prizes to be given away in a drawing for the participants and the Stanton Booster Club serves a meal for all to enjoy. The Stanton Antique Tractor Display in one of the biggest shows in the area.
Stanton Greenbelt Trail
The beautiful walking trail is approximately 1.8 miles along the floodplain areas of the Tarkio River from north of the city, around the west side of the city to Anderson Park.
The trail includes a reclaimed Bailey Bridge structure over the Tarkio River tributary at Anderson
The final phase of the trail system will loop the eastern edge of the city, various trail access points, and trail lighting. Possible future connection to Viking Lake could attract additional visitors from Viking Lake State Park into the City of Stanton
This will also increase the hard surface access of the trail around the Stanton School east to Halland Avenue and north back to Alamosa Park.
The total hard surface for walking is approximately 1.812 miles at this time.
Reference: Stanton Friends Website. The trail idea was conceived in 1996. The original committee members were Roger Ossian, Don Hicks, Kevin Cabbage, and Ed Oster
Viking Lake is one of the most popular state parks in southwest Iowa due to its accessibility and variety of recreational opportunities.
Picnicking / Shelters
Trails and Bur Oak Trail
Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
A concrete boat ramp is nearby and a docking area is a short distance away in a well-protected cove. Rental spaces are available on an annual reservation basis. Any size boat motors may be used on Viking Lake provided they are operated at “no wake” speeds.