Historical Images of Porter County

Bathing at Sheridan Beach, Flint Lake
Valparaiso, Indiana

Date: 1912
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Sigmund Freund
Postmark: August 10, 1912, Valparaiso, Indiana
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: As early as 1876, John McQuiston owned all the land located along the east side of Flint Lake. Much of McQuiston's land was later sold to A. W. Lytle, and as early as 1895 the site was being referred to as Sheridan Beach. Edgewater Beach, located on the north shore of Flint Lake, was immediately adjacent to Sheridan Beach. The hotel at the beach was constructed in 1905; it was sold along with 47 acres of property to a retired manufacturer from Chicago name Sigmund Freund in 1906. Freund soon added running water and electricity to the resort. The resort was later purchased from Freund by the Kilmer-Fraiser Company on July 4, 1925, and the resort was renamed Blackhawk Beach Summer Resort. The resort was once again upgraded to include a roller skating facility, picnic grounds, a toboggan slide, and concession stands. The hotel was razed in 1957.

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