LINCOLN, Neb. – The transfer of ownership of Champion Mill State Historical Park (SHP) and State Recreation Area (SRA) from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to Chase County will take place in a ceremony July 1.
State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial and officials from Chase County and Game and Parks will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony at the park.
Champion Mill SHP and SRA, located adjacent to the town of Champion, comprise approximately 11 acres, most of which is the lake created by the impoundment of the Frenchman River.
The mill was built in the late 1800s. Game and Parks purchased the property in 1969, operating the area as a historical park and public recreation facility. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Following a severe flood and hailstorm, Game and Parks made significant improvements to the area. The dam, raceways and shoreline were refurbished and the mill was repainted and reroofed.
“In essence, Chase County will receive a newly renovated park for it to manage for public use,” said Roger Kuhn, parks administrator for Game and Parks. “The Commission wishes to express sincere thanks to all the citizens of Champion and Chase County who have assisted with the operation and maintenance of the mill during difficult budget times. We know the dedicated folks of Champion and Chase County will continue to protect and enhance this valuable national resource.”