Arbor Lodge, a stately 52-room neo-colonial mansion was completed in 1903 by
Joy Morton, oldest of J. Sterling and Caroline Morton's four sons. The house was
originally built in 1855 by his parents as a four-room L-shaped frame house. Joy
Morton was the founder of Morton Salt Company. He donated the mansion and
grounds to the state of Nebraska in 1923. It is now maintained in as close to
original condition as possible by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The grounds are covered with a large variety of trees, as befits its name.
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