Stan & I live on a part of Lake Shafer called "The Big Monon" near Monticello, Indiana. Lake Shafer is on the Tippecanoe River and was created when the Dam was built to generate electric power. Before the Dam was built a gentleman from Indianapolis, looking for a place to get his family out of the city bought land along the banks of the Tippecanoe River. Passers by would ask to cross his land to get to the river to swim. As time went on he decided this would be a way to earn a little cash so he started charging a quarter for each person. He then decided a hot dog stand would be a way to earn additional cash. The Dam was built and provided a much larger body of water and it was named Lake Shafer and Mr. Spackman started to add rides to the area and "Ideal Beach" was born. Today it is named " "Indiana Beach" and has grown into quite an impressive amusement park with six roller coasters, a ferris wheel and many other carnival rides and a ski show daily. Lots of shops line the boardwalk along with concession stands and a sky lift. Several arcades are there also. A very nice restaurant, The Skyroom, is located at one end and is located over the arcade with a view of the lake and the boardwalk. In the 1940's this was a very popular dance place with many big name bands from Chicago playing here. They no longer have dances but entertainment is provided on week-ends. Indiana Beach is very popular with our neighbors from Illinois, many of them owning homes, some year round and some summer homes, on the lake.
We look forward to future visits from them.