Historical Images of Porter County

Burrows Camp, Long Distance Dive
Kankakee River, Porter County, Indiana

Date: 1909
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Nelson
Postmark: September 26, 1909, Tefft, Indiana
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. Written on the front and reverse of this postcard is the following: "This is in front of the camp. We got here about 9 o'clock. Papa just got the boat out. This afternoon we are going out. Will be sure to send you a fish."

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