Cedar Lake

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Cedar Lake has been home to Indians, pioneers, industrialists, hotelkeepers, and more. At the center of town is a 787-acre body of water also called Cedar Lake. In 1882, the Monon Railroad laid tracks along the western lakeshore. In winter, the Armour brothers, John G. Shedd, and the Howkinsons harvested lake ice and loaded it on trains bound for Chicago meatpacking houses. Tourists, and sometimes scoundrels, soon discovered this summer playground. They came by rail or buggy for fresh air and country-fried chicken. During the hotel era, nearly 50 establishments provided lodging overlooking the lake. Entertainment was provided in over-the-water dance halls offering big-name performers like Stan Kenton, the Beach Boys, and Lawrence Welk. Entrepreneur Samuel C. Bartlett recognized opportunity and bought up acreage. He set up a real estate office to sell lots and cottages. But the boom time passed, and the town has become predominantly residential.
ISBN: 9780738582634
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Timothy Horton Ball began recording area happenings in 1834. The Lake of the Red Cedars Museum and the Cedar Lake Historical Association continue that tradition. Author Carol A. Oostman compiled history and photographs in a tribute to the pride local citizens have in their hidden jewel in the country.
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