Here is a timeline of major events at Oxbow park. The park enjoys a rich history made possible by some very forward thinking people.
Residents of Byron bought wood lots from farmers; there were about 40 of these lots on the ridges of what is now Oxbow Park
A camp and swimming hole were established, 40 acres of which had been preserved as a wildlife area by local school districts
Lyle Kuhlman remembers that the idea of a park was conceived in his living room with friends U. J. Eichten, Darwin Olson and Don Campbell who had a homestead north of where the Nature center is today.
County purchased original 465 acres; William Caulfield owned 206 acres, the heart of the park. He had four sons; one of whom, Wilbur, owned what is now Oxbow Park.
Original zoo was established from a donation by John Gilbertson, MN game warden
Additional 107 acres purchased, and 3 footbridges were built
Campground opened; 15 sites. October 7, dedication of the park. Bill Stark is naturalist.
Zoo area named in honor of Dr. Paul E. Zollman, DVM, in recognition of his dedication to Olmsted Parks and his help in treatment of injured animals.
Nature Center was completed
Friends of Oxbow organized
Bear/wolf/coyote exhibit built with FOX funding
52 acres donated from Dr. David Donald and wife Geraldine
Small predator exhibit built with FOX funding
Turkey exhibit opens
New Otter exhibit opens – FOX funded this exhibit
Wolf exhibit expanded
New raptor exhibit opens
Wildcat exhibit funded by FOX is completed
Natural playscape opened
Latest fundraising campaign is New Nature Center
Broke ground on the New Nature Center