By Roger McKinney
NEOSHO, Mo. —
The Neosho National Fish Hatchery on Friday celebrated 125 years.
Congress established the federal hatchery in July 1888. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it’s the first and the oldest national fish hatchery.
Russell Hively, president of the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery group, said he often overhears people in the visitors center sharing their past experiences at the hatchery. That prompted him to suggest a name change.
“The name should be changed to Neosho National Fish Hatchery and Place of Wonderful Memories,” he said.
Randy Bartkoski, of Carthage, volunteered at the hatchery in the 1980s and said he plans to bring his granddaughters from California when they visit in a few weeks.
“This is something you can’t get in the big city,” Bartkoski said.