Did you know?
This area was originally the home of the Pottawatomie who were removed to the west by the United States Government in the late 1830s.
Settlers moved in to farm and start businesses. After George Wolcott built a sawmill and a grist mill, Wolcottville was platted in 1837.
However, the grinding stones in the photo to the right belonged to a grist mill along the Little Elkhart River near what is now 700 S that was built and operated by William Dallas. Is this why the 283-acre lake is named Dallas? <Click here to learn more>
Dallas Lake South Shore 1960
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ron Leer. Dallas Lake's South Shore in 1960. The shot is looking straight west on 680S from a few hundred feet east of Leer's property. (Submitted by Tom Neuenschwander)
"My grandpa Earl Holloway and I spent many years fishing on Dallas lake and several of the other lakes. They provided me with the best childhood a boy could ask for on the Indian Chain of Lakes! I have the most wonderful memories from those days. My grandpa and grandma Mabel Holloway have been gone now many years, and their old cottage has burned down from what I hear, but I still have those memories and I cherish every one! They say "you can never go home again" but I would love to someday return to the Indian Chain of Lakes and especially Dallas lake where we fished and swam the most."
(Submitted by David McConnaughey/2016 )
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