One of the Founding Fathers
John A. Stevens was one of the founding fathers and an early builder of Garden City. He constructed the Opera House and the Windsor Hotel. Stevens worked for the Fulton brothers in the 1870's rounding up horses and buffalo. In 1885 he donated a block of land that was not used for this purpose. He sold it for $100.00 to the county in 1895. This land became Stevens Park. When the blizzard struck he spent over $100,000 on the hotel. In 1890 he lost everything to the loan company he had borrowed from. It wasn't over. Stevens bought 2,000 acres and went into the cattle business. He died in April 12, 1902 of cancer.
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