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Pines still standing today Future site of Museum of Art

Boards for the first hockey rink

This circa 1925 photograph looks across newly created (and newly frozen) Lake Andrews — formed thanks to a student-built dam located in the distance at far left.

‘A Most Beautiful Resort’ Now a thing of beauty, Lake Andrews began as a place of potential by h . jay burns

in name and appearance, Bates was

JAY BURNS

In the pond’s center, a pair of cormorants held not yet Bates when the Rev. W.H. Littlefield decourt; closer to shore, ducks paddled about or hid scribed the grounds of Oren Cheney’s new Maine under bushes. Red-winged blackbirds flitted in State Seminary. the bulrush. (On another day, an osprey might Littlefield penned his description for The Semicircle overhead, looking for plump goldfish.) nary Advocate in spring 1857, months before the Noonday walkers did circuits, shaded by pines school had even opened its doors, and his words of(some that Littlefield would have seen in 1857) fer a prescient vision of the future Bates campus, inplus birches, willows, oaks, and other ornamental cluding the area that would become Lake Andrews. trees. By the granite amphitheater, a young womIn front of unfinished Hathorn Hall and Parker an studied on her laptop. Hall, the uneven grounds had stumps but no trees. Before the pond would become today’s camBut Littlefield imagined it “filled up in a proper pus and community attraction — it’s a popular manner with ornamental and shade trees.” place for pre-prom photos — it needed a name, Behind the two buildings, the land sharply and that happened in the 1910s. sloped away to a “rather low and wet” area, he wrote, Students of the era were taking notice of hockey, “through which a part of the year a as the first college game had occurred little stream of water runs.” Here, in 1896 between Yale and Johns Hopthere were trees and underbrush, and kins. In 1914, students saw a spot for a Littlefield imagined it cleared and rink: the “small basin” behind Parker landscaped — leaving “a most beautiHall that was being drained by a “narful resort for shade in summer.” row depression to the north.” Flash forward to a recent summer Raising $75, the students built a day at Lake Andrews. On a lakeside small dam to block the outflow. “We A painted turtle bench, a man with a cane sat in the are assured of a sizable pond on our emerges from shade overlooking the pond. He’d campus, suitable for skating in the Lake Andrews on counted four turtles in the two-acre winter and canoeing through the a July morning. pond so far this year. “I’ve named summer,” reported The Bates Student them after the Ninja Turtles,” he said. in December 1914.

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Profile for Bates College

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...