Terry Carpernter, founder of Terrytown, bought what seemed to be worthless river-bottom land between Scottsbluff and Gering and promptly set about making “improvements.”
One of the first things he did was to set up a brick factory. To get sand and gravel for making bricks and blocks, he used what was available. The hole that remained promptly filled with water and is now known as “Terry’s Lake.”
Sand that was not suitable for bricks was used for fill in the low-land. 48 apartments were then constructed from the bricks.
Terry’s Lake offers great fishing. Stocked with trout, fishermen can also hook perch, catfish and even some northern pike.