Syracuse and Lake Wawasee

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Nestled in northeastern Indiana's Kosciusko County, Syracuse and its two lakes, Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake, became a popular area both for industry and tourism following the completion of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1874. What had been a quiet fisherman's paradise developed quickly, as hotels, restaurants, and merchants sprang up to meet the growing demand of residents and visitors. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Col. Eli Lilly helped establish the first sailing club on Lake Wawasee, and Chicago-based mobsters in Al Capone's crime syndicate ran gambling operations. Upscale hotels attracted the wealthy and influential, while ambitious locals made Syracuse a competitive industrial presence in the state, nurtured innovative boat builders, and supported a strong foundation of schools and churches. A vibrant community of artists, watermen, entrepreneurs, educators, and spiritual leaders left a legacy well worth preserving.
ISBN: 9781467111829
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 221
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Erin Lomax and Ann Vanderford Garceau met as a result of their mutual interest in local history and initiated the Syracuse-Wawasee Digital Archives project in 2012. Garceau is the fourth generation of her family to enjoy the Syracuse-Lake Wawasee area and Lomax is the fifth generation of hers. Both have worked in education and for nonprofits for many years and enjoy their own families' histories on the lakes.