Mineral Palace ParkóLake Clara Mineral Palace ParkóLake Clara

The planning of Mineral Palace Park, with its main entrance at West 14th and North Main Streets, was started in 1896, and the Mineral Palace, shown in the background, was built shortly thereafter. Lake Clara, still visible today from Interstate 25 although it is much smaller, was one of the first improvements built. The lake was named for Clara Latshaw, who served on the first Park District #1 Board of Commissioners and was instrumental in acquiring the land for the park. During the early 1900s a boathouse on the west side of the lake provided rental row and paddle boats for parks patrons. Large portions of the lake and its island were removed during the construction of I-25 in the 1950s. The Mineral Palace, in a state of disrepair, was also removed.