For many years, Bismarck Grove was a favorite place for holding gatherings. Among the historic meetings was the Quarter Centennial celebration of the organization of Kansas Territory in 1879 and the Old Settlers’ meeting in September 1884. When the Western National Fair Association was organized and incorporated in 1879, Bismarck Grove was selected to hold the annual fair. For several years, the association exhibits were given in the grove, fitted up for a fairground.
There was never a post office at Bismarck Grove. In later years, the park was utilized as a livestock farm.
Today, it is part of North Lawrence near the intersection of Lyon Street and North 9th Street.