May 29, 1905
--In the large basin of the fountain in the Kearney Grocery
companys store is a curiosity in the shape of a silver bass
weighing nineteen and one half pounds. This monster fish was
caught by Mr. Travelpiece in the cotton mill lake and is the
largest specimen of its kind ever caught in these waters.
BCHS Archives file
Like it Was
1952 Annual Hub carriers picnic at stone lodge at Cottonmill
The park has 107 acres
Recreation Area owned by NE State GameCommission
Ceded to Buffalo
County & City of Kearney
State Legislature 46-0 with emergency clause to take affect
as soon as the governor signed the bill.
sponsored by Sen. Gerald Stromer, Kearney, Sen. Maurice
Kramer, Aurora, and Sen. Dennis Rasmussen, Scotia.
Recreation Areas transferred to local government ownership
were Stolley Park to Grand Island, Arnold Recreation Area to
Custer County, and Long Bridge Special Use Area to Merrick
Bill was first
introduced two years earlier but was attached as a rider to
another bill which was vetoed.
Dean Canon was
chairman of the County Board of supervisors
Ray Lundy was Kearney City Manager
A separate Board was to be created.
They plan to
apply for federal and state funds to help with
reconstruction. Plan to hard surface roads and parking
areas, put in domestic water system [irrigation type well
for swimming area], restrooms, playground equipment,
lighting, caretakers home, mechanical shop and equipment
No plans to dredge the lake.
Hub May 1, 1973
County Board approved the Cooperative Agreement with the
city. Vote was 6-1 with Ray Johnson voting against because
he thought we have enough parks in the Kearney area.
Kearney has added 4 parks Baldwin, Harvey, West Lincoln
City Council had
already voted on the agreement.
Cottonmill Lake City and County Recreation Park Board was
residents appointed by the mayor
2 County residents appointed by the County Board
1 person chosen by the other 4
[At some point between then and now a change was made to put
Cottonmill Park under the responsibility of the city parks
Hub July 20, 1973
Kearney budgeted $143,000 for Parks & Recreation. Most was
to be used for development ot Cottonmill Lake.
City and County
to take over the 98.4 acre lake area from the State on Jan.
Kearney liked it
for the camping and outdoor cooking opportunities not
available in other city parks
Pictures of the stone lodge in 1940 when it was built and
the present [1974?]
stone chimneys at each end. Big one at north end for
fireplace. Smaller one at east end. [Was there a fireplace
wall across the front by the road was originally even with
the top step and extended clear across the front of the
Second picture shows remnants left.
Hub Dec. 23, 1974
Picture of work on shelter at north 4end of lake at the
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Cottonmill Lake was purchased from U. S. Trust in 1960 for
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