By BOB RUST P-N Special Writer
The environs of Lake Maxinkuckee, once the haven for Pottowatomies, and later for fishermen and marine activities, has had a special appeal for many families whose well-maintained and distinctive residences add to the shoreline landscape.
In early pioneer days, the shore area of Lake Maxinkuckee was not too accessible with much of the area heavily wooded. Undulating terrain rose from nearby wetlands on the north, south and west sides of the lake to high ground overlooks, some of which were quite precipitous.
Lake-side development, which began in the 1880s on shore bordering farmland, has continued through the years. Today more than 310 homes occupy nearly all of the shore area. Lakeshore land which 120 years ago could be purchased for as low as $5 per acre and later in 1898 East Shore developments for $200 per lot, is today quite costly.
Many second and third generation families continue as owners of lake property. Where appeal of the lake made it a summertime spa in earlier times, today the comfortable family homes are centers of year-round living and activity.
Though summertime and sports-related activities were appealing factors, it is also likely that many thought that health was improved by imbibing of the water coming from the more than 100 springs and free flowing wells around the lake. According to the Everman-Clark survey, 1917, springs produced collectively more than 24,000 gallons per hour.
In the mid-1890s, Dr. A.Z. Caple, Maxinkuckee physician, was one who believed his own health was improved by drinking these waters and there is some evidence that H.H. Culver also felt the same.
The appeal to many, involved neighborhood relationships in their respective home towns. For example, Lake Maxinkuckee's shores became the center where families from Logansport, Peru, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, and other cities built their second homes.
Development began along the North and East Shores. Then came home building on Long Point, the West Shore, and later along the South Shore, and more recently in the Venetian Village area.
At the risk of omission, a roster of historic homes would include: "Woodburn Cottage," 1894 (Glossbrenner) Rasmussen, - An Indiana Registered Historic Sight; "The Glen Ayr," and "The Oak" near the Jungle and Palmer House; "Shady Point," (Duenweg) near Long Point; "The Wigwam," South shore, (one-time resident, Daniel McDonald); "House of a Thousand Candles" (Longs), East shore, former home of the Preston Wolfe family, publishers, Columbus, 0., Dispatch; "The Homestead," "The Farmhouse," and the "Culver-Bell Cottage," 1886, East shore; "The Rector House," 1845; "Green Leaves," (Winslow) 1896; McQuat, 1879, and the "Pine I Tree House" 1872, near Maxinkuckee. Other historic homes include those of the Vonneguts, the Perrys, Marmons, Feslers, Perkins, Kittle, Shirks, Edwards, Hendricks, Walker (Rinesmith), the Sam Allen home, and J. I. Barnes cottage.
On the North and West Shore where the Barnes, and "Willow Point Cottage" were both on what was once Wolf Island. Also in town. "The Garn House," Main Street; the "Judge Voreis Home," Lake Shore Drive; "The Lord House," Harding Court; and the "Old Brick," pre-1872, (the old Kreuzberger Park & Saloon) State Street, are among other landmark historical homes.