Historical Images of Porter County

Starting from Burrow's Camp
Kankakee River, Porter County, Indiana

Date: Circa 1910
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Cyko (#6)
Postmark: None
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: Burrows' Camp was situated in Porter County, directly north of Dunn's Bridge. It was here that Leonard Burrows and his wife, Mary, operated a pleasure resort consisting of a theatre, which was later converted into a dance hall, and a horse-drawn merry-go-round. Just north of Burrows' Camp was a saloon, while directly east of Burrows' Camp was a combination store and residence. The dance hall and store/residence were later destroyed by separate fires. The Burrows sold their camp to John Smith of Indiana Harbor, Indiana, in November 1916 for the sum of $7,000. Smith soon took up residence at the property and operated the saloon and lunch business. The Borrows moved directly across the road and maintained ownership and operation of the motion picture theatre. The sign on top of the barn says "BURROW'S CAMP, VAL BLATZ BREWING CO." The sign on the side on the barn say "DRINK RADEKE," which was a brand of beer.

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Image and related text prepared by Steven R. Shook


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