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Home of General William O. Butler, 713 Highland Avenue

  

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Maj. Thomas L. Butler Home
center, c. 1910; right, c. 1930's

 

Turpin House

Inside the Turpin House

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Butler Park
A CCC-built view, c. 1933 The Dam at the Lake, 1944

 

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Two early artists conceptions of the Butler Park Lodge. The one on
the left is 1955, and the right is 1961.

 

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Efficiency Cabins at Butler Park

 

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Lake and beach from
dam, c. 1956
Beach and swimming
area, c. 1956
Picnic Area Swimming Crib at
Bathing Beach

 

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Shelter House and Picnic Area Lake Butler, 1941 Lake Drive Efficiency Cabin, 1955

 

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Entrance, 1933 Park Entrance, 1951 Entrance c.1945 Entrance, C. WWII

 

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Boat Dock And Lake Trading Post Observation Point The Stable

 

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Pony Ring Swimming Area Cabin at Butler Park Entrance, 1952

 

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The Lake at Butler after being filled. At the time, called Lake Weiblie.
from a Facebook post by Amy Baglan


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Butler Home, c. 1930's

 

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Shelter House in the summer Shelter House in the snow Lake at General Butler Swimming Area at
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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!

 

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Scenic Overlook Construction, c. 1930's, and use, c. 1960's

 

 

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Fishing at Camp Kysoc Butler Park Ponies Butler Park Entrance Butler Park Tennis

 

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The Golf Course Paddle Boats Entrance to Lodge Beach

 

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The Lodge at Night A Room in the Lodge Dining Room Inside at the Lodge

 

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Interior of the Lodge Interior of the Lodge Interior of the Lodge Pool at back of the lodge

 

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Camping, 1967 Lake in 1975 Beach at the lake Pool at the Lodge

 

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Miniature Golf at Butler Back of the Lodge Interior of the Lodge

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View from the Observation
Point, circa 1945
The Committee In Charge of the
General Butler Park Dedication
Tandy Ellis and Perry
Gaines at Butler Dedication

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“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

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New enclosed shelter house Man made lagoon

 

Butler Park CCC Camp, Carrollton
Construction at Butler Park The CCC Camp at
the park location

 

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Caretaker's cabin New custodian's home
 at Butler Park
Caretaker cabin with snow

 

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Rustic stone wall preserving
cemetery and park
Home of Maj. Thomas
Butler, Mansion Museum
Shelter House

 

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August, 1931
This is the group who went to Frankfort for the deed ceremony
 to convey the land to the state to create a park.

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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 A site with a short bio of William O. Butler is here.
Gen. William O. Butler speaks for his candidate in the 1860 election, here.
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. The
Officially, today, it's General Butler State Resort Park; it was dedicated as Butler Memorial State Park.

 

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An official brochure from the Butler-Turpin Historic House folks, from 2001

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