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Lake Maxinkuckee: Photos

View from the East Shore Where Lake and Forest Meet

Two more 1905 Maxinkuckee Art Annual photos, the top one captioned, "View from the East Shore," and the lower one captioned, "Where Lake and Forest Meet." Once again, any further information on exact guesses would be welcome!

Scene from the Lake Road

Another image from the 1905 Maxinkuckee Art Annual, this one says, "Scene from the Lake Road." Obviously, much has changed since this picture was taken! The picture appears to depict part of the East Shore, perhaps. Anyone with more accurate info?

A Beautiful Forest Path on the East Shore

"A Beautiful Forest Path on the East Shore," says this 1905 photo. Anyone knowing its whereabouts is encouraged to contact us.

Bringing Home a Good Catch

"Bringing Home a Good Catch," one of the sort of trick photography postcards popular in years past, this one from 1921.

South End of the Lake, Culver, Indiana

An undated postcard captioned, "South End of the Lake, Culver, Indiana." Anyone with information on the exact site depicted here can contact us!

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee."

One of several 1908 postcards captioned, "Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee."

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

This 1908 "Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee" postcard depicts the Indiana Boathouse.

Along Lake Maxinkuckee

"Along Lake Maxinkuckee," says this unusual, undated postcard. Can anyone identify the exact location of this picture?

Along the East Shore

"Along the East Shore," an undated, colorized postcard. Does anyone know what the difficult-to-see building with the crossed beams at the top might be?

East Shore 1950s

East Shore as it appeared in the 1950s.

East Shore, Lake Maxinkuckee East Shore, Lake Maxinkuckee

Two versions of 1913 postcards captioned, "East Shore, Lake Maxinkuckee." Can any readers clue us in as to the exact whereabouts depicted here?

Looking South from Culver Hill Lake, Culver, Ind.

This 1910 postcard is captioned, "Looking South from Culver Hill Lake, Culver, Ind." The bluff and view could be from what is today known as the Indian Trails, but this is only a guess. Suggestions are welcome.

Greetings from Maxinkuckee Lake

"Greetings from Maxinkuckee Lake," says this undated postcard. Again, any info on where this scene might be would be welcomed.

Snowy Scene

An unusual and beautiful postcard depicting a very snowy scene on Lake Maxinkuckee, dated on the front, Oct. 12, `06, but postmarked 1912. The location of this scene is unknown, but there is another of the same date depicting Vandalia Park here.

A Peaceful Pond Near Lake Maxinkuckee

"A Peaceful Pond Near Lake Maxinkuckee," an undated postcard (it's been suggested to me that this is probably what we today call Hawk Lake -- can anyone verify this?).

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

"Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, a 1910 postcard (any specific information on where this is would be welcome!)

Camping on Lake Maxinkuckee

"Camping on Lake Maxinkuckee," reads this 1910 postcard. Does anyone know where camping would have taken place on the lake?

Answer: Thanks to Morris Rinesmith of Prospect, Ohio, who spent many summers as a youth at the Walker Boathouse on West Shore Drive, for information on this topic. He says that there was a great deal of camping on the lake in those days, and that a large campground began just south of the Walker boathouse and ran along the south shore of the lake for quite a ways.

Along the Shore, Culver, Ind.

Undated postcard, "Along the Shore, Culver, Ind."

Greetings from Culver, Ind.

An undated postcard from the Mike Shesky collection captioned "Greetings from Culver, Ind.," though the image seems to be a generic one rather than an actual photo of Lake Maxinkuckee.

Dirt Road

Could the dirt road along the lakeshore in this undated postcard from the Mike Shesky collection be part of the East Shore? Suggestions are welcome!.

Greetings from Culver, Ind.

An undated postcard from the Mike Shesky collection captioned "Greetings from Culver, Ind.," though the image seems to be a generic or stock image of a cottage on a lake rather than an actual photo of Lake Maxinkuckee.

"It Takes a Real Fisherman to Land These

Obviously a stylized, fictional image (not only is the fish a bit exaggerated, to say the least, but there is no such dam on Lake Maxinkuckee and never was!), this postcard, "It Takes a Real Fisherman to Land These," is still fun. From the Mike Shesky collection.

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Front and back of an extremely unusual postcard advertising Lake Maxinkuckee and made of leather! The mailing date, on the back of the card (right hand image) seems impossible to make out, but certainly the card is early. This item comes from the Kim Amond collection.

Bass Hatchery

The Maxinkuckee Fish and Game Club's bass hatchery. The original local fish hatchery was located in the eastern portion of today's "Indian trails" woods near the former site of the Jungle Hotel (there is a small stream running between the Indian trails and the Culver Academy's present-day motels, which once fed the fish hatcheries in the area).

The photo above, however, depicts the fish hatchery that replaced those ponds in the early 1930s. The replacement hatchery was located just west of the intersection of State Roads 10 and 17 south/Thorn Road today, near Houghton Lake just west of Culver. The ponds are still there, are owned by Culver's Town Park, and are one of the few DNR-protected habitats for Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes in this portion of Indiana.

1940 Citizen Article

A 1940 Culver Citizen article on the Maxinkuckee Conservation Club. The club, according to the article, maintained the fish hatchery just west of Culver of of State Road 10 (see the photo/article above), as well as a club house, picnic grounds, grills, etc. The article appears to suggest that the picnic grounds and club house were adjacent to the fish hatchery. Anyone who can confirm or deny this is encouraged to contact us.

Captain James Rich

Captain James Rich, the well-known Lake Patrol officer shown in this 1955 photo from the Culver Citizen. The caption describes the Lake Maxinkuckee Association, a younger organization then, but one which still operates the Lake Patrol around Maxinkuckee's shores today.

The Shore Near Hidden Inn at Lake Maxinkuckee

An early 20th century postcard captioned "The Shore Near Hidden Inn at Lake Maxinkuckee."

Marizetta Robinson and Dariel Sara Thompson

A July, 1968 photo of the pier at the end of Winfield Street where it intersected Davis Street on the south side of Culver. Pictured are Marizetta Robinson and Dariel Sara Thompson. For years, the pier provided a swimming area for youth on that end of Culver, before the public access lands on the lake side of the old Vandalia railroad were purchased in the 1980s and 90s and became private land.

Arrived Safe to Lake Maxinkuckee

"Arrived Safe to Lake Maxinkuckee," a postcard marked 1905. This is one of many stock images on which postcard manufacturers would stamp the name of a given locale. Many of these were humorous or exaggerated in nature.

Frozen Stream

A frozen stream on Lake Maxinkuckee as photographed in the 1950s by William Taber. The location of the stream is unidentified, so it could be any number of places, but in some ways resembles the stream at the eastern edge of today's "Indian trails" woods between the Culver Academies and the town park.

Six-Pound Bass

Mrs. Harold A. Case of Indianapolis proudly displays the six-pound bass she caught in Lake Maxinkuckee in this 1940 blurb from the Culver Citizen newspaper.

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The Weirick family pier is the foreground of this photo from the Jim Weirick collection taken between the 1940s and 1960s. This shot was taken from West Shore Drive just south of Culver's Masonic cemetary. Long Point is visible in the background.

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Members of Jim Weirick's family standing on the bridge over Lake Maxinkuckee's outlet, with Long Point in the background. This photo was probably taken in the 1940s from today's West Shore Drive.

Railroad crossing West Shore Lake Maxinkuckee

The railroad crossing just north of the Lake Maxinkuckee outlet on West Shore Drive, just south of Culver's Masonic cemetary. This photo was provided by Jim Weirick, whose childhood home (and now adult home, though on a different parcel!) was nearby. This photo was taken in the 1940s.

Pat Shaw catches eel in Maxinnkuckee 1925

From the Sept. 23, 1925 Culver Citizen: Local resident Pat Shaw caught an eel in Lake Maxinkuckee while fishing, the first eel reported caught in the lake in some time. This story is somewhat interesting in that it is one of several that come along occasionally which point to changing trends in the biology and natural history of the area (along similar lines, reports of "timber wolves" shot near Culver in the 1940s...these were almost certainly actually coyotes, but they point to the existence of wolves in the area in some people's not-too-distant memory, even if they were extinct locally by the `40s). Presumably eels were one a part of the lake's natural species populace?

Maxinkuckee Outlet Bridge in Background

Members of Jim Weirick's family on West Shore Drive just south of Culver's Masonic cemetary. In the background is the bridge above Lake Maxinkuckee's outlet. A photo from the Jim Weirick collection, probably taken in the 1940s.

Weirick Family House West Shore Drive

An October, 1965 photo from the Jim Weirick collection taken from the family's home on West Shore Drive. In the background is Lake Maxinkuckee and the railroad crossing signals from the Vandalia line.

 

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Member of the Weirick family in a rowboat near the family pier on the West Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, near the lake's outlet.

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A young Jim Weirick with his mother and a young friend, posing on West Shore Drive with Lake Maxinkuckee in the background. A 1940s photo from the Weirick collection.

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One of many fish kills/spills occurred in the 1950s in Hawk Lake (adjoining Lake Maxinkuckee to the west), before cleanup and restoration of the lake finally began in more recent years, as documented in a Culver Citizen article of the time. 

Shall Hawk's Lake Become a Stink Hole or Not?

"Shall Hawk's Lake Become a Stink Hole or Not?" asked Bob Kyle in this 1950s Culver Citizen article. Hawk (or Hawk's) Lake was an ongoing source of controversy and concern in the Culver area for decades, until it eventually was the target of a concerted conservation effort to clean it in the 1980s and 1990s.

A Quiet Nook Near Lake Maxinkuckee

"A Quiet Nook Near Lake Maxinkuckee," an undated postcard. Does anyone know where this "nook" might have been?

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

Another postcard captioned, "Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee," undated.

Maxinkuckee Landing

A variation on a postcard image of "Maxinkuckee Landing," undated.

Stone Well

A stone well located somewhere on the lake, as photographed in the 1950s by the late Bill Tabor and donated by Edna Taber.

Post Card

This postcard, undated but mailed with a one-cent stamp, is a rare find from Ted Schenberg's collection. It invites the recipient to a meeting of the Maxinkuckee Association (a precursor to today's Lake Maxinkuckee Association, no doubt), and besides being undersigned by the Association president Otto Stechhan, is further interesting for the signature of secretary Franklin Vonnegut, a relative of the well-known author Kurt Vonnegut. More on the Vonnegut family on the lake here.

The Outlet

The Outlet, shown in this postcard from 1906, has changed in the ensuing years. Here is visible the Vandalia railroad which once ran over the outlet (just south of the cemetery on Culver's south side). The outlet itself runs to Hawk (or sometimes "Lost") Lake.

Outlet on Lake Maxinkuckee postcard

One version of an early postcard depicting a sweeping view of Lake Maxinkuckee's outlet on the West Shore of the lake, with the Vandalia railroad bridge going over the stream. This shot was taken from the property owned today by Jim Weirick, who loaned us this image. This photo was probably taken prior to 1920.

Lake Patrol Car 1958

A 1958 photo of the Lake Patrol car, showing also officers James Cox (standing) and Herbert Lashbrook (seated in car).

Near Maxinkuckee Landing

"Near Maxinkuckee Landing" (who can share the exact location of this landing?), a 1907 postcard.

Boat Landing, Maxinkuckee Lake

"Boat Landing, Maxinkuckee Lake," as depicted in this undated postcard. Can anyone identify the specific location pictured here?

A Bit of Nature

"A Bit of Nature," says  this undated postcard. Theories on the locale of this view would be welcome. It may be a view southeast from the area today known as the Indian Trails.

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

Another of the 1908 "Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee" postcards.

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

Yet another of the 1908 "Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee" postcards

East Shore, Lake Maxinkuckee

"East Shore, Lake Maxinkuckee," an undated postcard. Exact location? Information would be welcome.

Aubbeenaubbee Bay

A 1910, colorized postcard showing Aubbeenaubbee Bay, the bay on which much of the Culver Academy sits. Visible in this picture is Main Barracks.  

On Lake Maxinkuckee

"On Lake Maxinkuckee," says this 1920 sailboat postcard.  

Motor and Sailboat Landing.

A 1911 postcard captioned, "Motor and Sailboat Landing." 

Swimming in Lake Maxinkuckee

"Swimming in Lake Maxinkuckee," an unusual, undated postcard showing Long Point in the background.

Lover's Lane

Lake Maxinkuckee may not today have a "Lover's Lane," but apparently it did in 1923 when this postcard was mailed. Does anyone out there know where Lover's Lane was in those days?

Lake Postcard

Apparently of the same origin as the postcard at left, this undated postcard seems to have been taken from a moving boat. Any suggestions as to the whereabouts of its scene are welcomed!

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

Another 1910 postcard, "Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee." Does anyone recognize the exact location?

Come on in, the Water's Fine

"Come on in, the Water's Fine," an early postcard undated.

Lake Outlet

The outlet from Lake Maxinkuckee as depicted in an early postcard. This is the present outlet still, on the West shore of the Lake. Notice the railroad trestle over the outlet, which still rested there until the 1980s.

Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

"Along the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, a 1910 postcard (any specific information on where this is would be welcome!)

Bathing Scene, Culver, Indiana

"Bathing Scene, Culver, Indiana" depicted on a 1911 postcard.

Along the Shore Near the Depot, Culver, Ind.

Another undated postcard (probably early 1900s), "Along the Shore Near the Depot, Culver, Ind."

Mike & Lee Jordan

Two officers of Culver's Lake Patrol, Lee Jordan and his brother Mike Jordan, photographed by White Photography in June of 1969 at the Culver Marina on the East Shore. Thanks to Rich Sytsma for identifying the two officers for us!

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing has been a popular sport on Lake Maxinkuckee for more than a century, and the winter of 1939 was no exception, as this Culver Citizen photo and caption reveal.

Members of the Lake Maxinkuckee Fish and Game Club

Members of the Lake Maxinkuckee Fish and Game Club are shown tagging a fish in this 1939 Culver Citizen article. The fish was then released in the middle of the lake as a prize for the lucky fisherman who caught it and earned $50 (a tidy sum in those late Depression days!).

Boat Landing

The boat landing on the famous Indianapolis pier on the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, an early 20th century postcard from the Mike Shesky collection.

South End of the Lake

The "South End of the Lake" is depicted in this early postcard from Mike Shesky's collection. Anyone with details as to the specific area depicted is encouraged to contact us.

 

1939 Article

A 1939 article from the Culver Citizen cites the new trucks from the Indiana Division of Fish and Game, which are shipping minnows for re-stocking to Lake Maxinkuckee.

For a Real High Old Time, Come to Lake Maxinkuckee...We Tried It.

"For a Real High Old Time, Come to Lake Maxinkuckee...We Tried It." This classic, undated postcard comes from the Mike Shesky collection.

Get Wise - Come to Lake Maxinkuckee

"Get Wise - Come to Lake Maxinkuckee" a framed leather postcard (or what appears to be one) from the John Cleveland collection.

Railroad Tracks

The Vandalia railroad tracks alongside Lake Maxinkuckee are shown here at an unknown locale. Dated July, 1913, the photo does not depict a scene in the Vandalia Park area (as the tracks are too close to the water), so presumably shows an area south along the more western shore of the lake. Does anyone have a workable theory as to specific location?

Maxinkuckee Outlet West Shore

Interesting 1940s view of Lake Maxinkuckee's outlet, with the house in the background that is today owned by Jim Weirick, who provided this photo. This shot was probably taken from today's West Shore Drive with Lake Maxinkuckee behind the photographer.

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Jim Weirick of Culver is seen here as a young man, atop his horse near his childhood home on the west shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Visible in the background are several area landmarks: Long Point as it appeared in the 1940s and the railroad crossing signal lights from the days when the Vandalia line crossed West Shore Drive.

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The Weirick family pier is the foreground of this photo from the Jim Weirick collection taken between the 1940s and 1960s. This shot was taken from West Shore Drive just south of Culver's Masonic cemetary. Long Point is visible in the background.

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Members of Jim Weirick's family standing on the bridge over Lake Maxinkuckee's outlet, with Long Point in the background. This photo was probably taken in the 1940s from today's West Shore Drive.

The railroad crossing just north of the Lake Maxinkuckee outlet on West Shore Drive, just south of Culver's Masonic cemetary. This photo was provided by Jim Weirick, whose childhood home (and now adult home, though on a different parcel!) was nearby. This photo was taken in the 1940s.Railroad crossing West Shore Lake Maxinkuckee

The railroad crossing just north of the Lake Maxinkuckee outlet on West Shore Drive, just south of Culver's Masonic cemetary. This photo was provided by Jim Weirick, whose childhood home (and now adult home, though on a different parcel!) was nearby. This photo was taken in the 1940s.

 

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These photos of boats on Lake Maxinkuckee from the Jim Weirick collection were probably taken from the West Shore in the 1940s.

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Members of Jim Weirick's family in a 1940s photo from the West Shore of the lake. Visible in the background is the Vandalia railroad line and a convenience store that Jim says was once used frequently by passengers on the trains, which stopped here to allow snack purchases. That store has since been converted into a house, which is on the West Shore Drive curve just south of the Masonic cemetary.