An intriguing clip from a July 8, 1858 newspaper on file at the Jennie Munger Historical Society Museum’s reference room notes that a picnic grove was opened by C.R. Castle at the mouth of Cowles Creek “to accommodate Picnics and Private Parties.”
“The Grove will be open for visitors Saturday the 3rd and Monday the 5th of July, 1858, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the remainder of the season, daily from 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday excepted.
“A sail boat, constantly in readiness as well as refreshments, ice cream, lemonade, popcorn, candies etc.
“Parties wishing to occupy the grounds all day will please give a few days notice.
Sailing tickets were 10 cents each, children were half price!