Editor’s note: As the city of Cheyenne celebrates its 150th anniversary this summer, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle is pleased to provide this series of small historical notes in Sunday and Wednesday’s newspapers, written by area historians Bill Dubois and Rick Ewig.
Lake Minnehaha in Holliday Park was created when the city brought water from Sloans Lake to fill the new lake on the eastern edge of Cheyenne.
In June 1875, the Cheyenne Daily News named the lake Lake Minnehaha, and the park was known as the Lake Minnehaha Park. On Arbor Day in 1897, students from Central School each planted a cottonwood sapling.
While Cal Holliday was mayor, he gave both time and money to further develop the park, and as a tribute to him, the park has been known as Holliday Park since 1930.
During the winter months, ice skating was popular on the lake. Also popular is the “Big Boy” steam engine, one of the largest steam locomotives ever built by the Union Pacific.
For more on Cheyenne’s history and this year’s sesquicentennial celebration, go online to www.cheyenne150.org. Free copies of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s commemorative magazine, “Cheyenne at 150: Celebrating the Legend,” are available at the newspaper’s offices, 702 W. Lincolnway.