NOTES OF INTEREST
Gleaned from a letter of John B. Smith to Ralph Dagett, Mayor of Emporia and dated October 6, 1973:
"There were some very dry years in the early thirties and in view of a severe water shortage, the City of Emporia decided to build a dam across Kahola Creek a the present site of Lake Kahola. This was for the purpose of impounding water as a reserve supply to be used by the City of Emporia when needed. This was the reason for building the lake in the first place.
During the forties and fifties, the City of Emporia persistently drained water from the Lake. At one time, it was completely dry with part of the lake bottom being plowed up and crops were planted."
KAHOLA PARK AND LAKE GENERAL INFORMATION
Kahola Lake was built in 1936 as a source of water for the City of Emporia by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). The original Emporia City ordinance (number 1475) describes a certain tract of land on which the City has constructed a dam across Kahola Creek creating a lake, naming the tract of land, naming the lake, regulating the use thereof, and prescribing penalties for the violation of this ordinance. The WPA bussed two shifts of workers out of Emporia to finish the project.
The county lines of Morris and Chase counties runs through the middle of the lake. The south side of the lake is the southern boundary of the old Kansa/Kaw Indian Reservation which was transferred to the Indian nations of Oklahoma in 1877. The primary village was located three miles upstream of the present lake.
There have been six caretakers in the lake's history, and then the position was retitled, Director of Operations for our seventh overseer, Jason Passmore, in 2018 to allow for the expanding job responsibilities.
From 1937 until Present