General William Orlando Butler, whose Wikipedia page is here.
Maj. Thomas L. Butler Home
center, c. 1910; right, c. 1930's
Butler home acquired by park in 1933.
Inside the Turpin House
|A CCC-built view, c. 1933||The Dam at the Lake, 1944|
|Two early artists conceptions of the Butler Park Lodge. The one on the left is 1955, and the right is 1961.|
|Lake and beach from
dam, c. 1956
|Beach and swimming
area, c. 1956
|Picnic Area||Swimming Crib at
Another shot from the overlook
The Lake at Butler after being filled. At the time, called Lake Weiblie.
from a Facebook post by Amy Baglan
Butler Home, c. 1930's
|Shelter House in the summer||Shelter House in the snow||Lake at General Butler||Swimming Area at
Camp Butler, where many of the National Youth Administration
( WPA ) workers who helped build the Park were housed.
That's the 11th St entrance to the park on the left.
Thanks to Bill Davis for the image!
|Scenic Overlook Construction, c. 1930's, and use, c. 1960's|
|The Committee In Charge of the
General Butler Park Dedication
|Tandy Ellis and Perry
Gaines at Butler Dedication
Thirty five sheep and two beeves were barbecued at the 1931 dedication of the park.
|“A gentleman from Carrollton informs us that Gen. Wm. O. Butler not only declines the Governorship of Nebraska, but does it rather indignantly. The worthy General is reported to have declared that he wouldn't be Governor of Nebraska even if they were to offer him the whole territory as his salary.” from the Louisville Weekly Journal, July 5, 1854|
|New enclosed shelter house||View from the Observation
Point, circa 1945
|Man made lagoon|
|Construction at Butler Park||The CCC Camp at
the park location
|Rustic stone wall preserving
cemetery and park
|Home of Maj. Thomas
Butler, Mansion Museum
This is the group who went to Frankfort for the deed ceremony
to convey the land to the state to create a park.
|Kentucky State Parks published an annual in 1935 with a short
piece on each state park. Butler's pics are above, and the story is here.
|Before the Park opened, Kentucky Progress
wrote this article on the Butler family. (pdf)
|“Wednesday being the anniversary of the day on which the
Battle of New Orleans (Wikipedia) was fought, the band
serenaded Gen. W. O. Butler to remind him that he was there. They played an American, an English, and
a French national anthem. The General, who is yet straight and soldierly, made them a short speech, thanking
them for the compliment, and stated that he well remembered the day and had also had some little transactions
with each of the nations represented by the airs played.” clipping from unknown newspaper, dated 1879
|The Butler Park's web site is here|
|Gen. William O. Butler speaks for his candidate in the 1860 election, here.||Parks expands by 100 acres in 1939.|
|The program from the dedication of the Butler-Turpin home is here. (pdf)||Who's who in the Butler Family, here.|
|W. O. Butler's obituary is at this site.||Kentucky made the Butler property a park on August 12, 1931.|
|Officially, today, it's General Butler State Resort Park; it was dedicated as Butler Memorial State Park.|