Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Jungle Hotel  

1850 - I. N. Morris

    Mc Donald states: In 1850, Isaac N. Morris, father of Capt. Ed Morris, moved to the lake, locating on the north shore, on the farm now owned by A. N. Bogardus, His land ran down to the lake, taking in all the lake front from the Lake View Hotel grounds to and including the Palmer house.

It sat where partially the Academy motel sits today.

Edmund Morris to Helen and Virgil Outland, lot 2 bolck 1, also 50 foot strip in Morris Lake Front, Lake Maxinkuckee, $1500. - 9 Nov. 1911 - Citizen.

1911 Sep. 21 - New Summer Cottages
    Grading has been commenced on a strip of ground 100 feet wide leading north from the lake to the Bogardus home, on which are to be erected a number of cottages by the owner of the ground Mr. Outland of Indianapolis.
    The cottages will be furnished with light, heat and water from a control plant

    We shall be able to give further details next week

1911 Sept 28 - The Outland Cottages
    The immediate project which Mr. Outland of Indianapolis has in view is the building of two three room bungalow's on his recently purchased land east of the Lake View Hotel.

    This work will be done next spring.

    Ultimately if his plans work out successfully, he will add cottages to cover the entire tract and will install a central heating, lighting and water plant to serve all the cottages.

1912 - Mar 18 - Bungalow Village on Lae Is Planned By Local Man
    Twenty-eight Small Cottages at Culver WIll Be Built for Summer Renting

    Virgil F. Outland, 2850 Capitol avenue has had plans prepared for the erection of a bungalow village on Lake Maxinkuckee at Culver, Ind. Twenty-eight houses of three or four rooms each are to be bult at a cost of from $600 to $1,00 a house.

    Mr. Outland is in he lumber business. It isintended to gegin construction workk on two, of the houses by May 3. The buildinfs will be of wood construction with a combination of bowlders and mission brick. A carload of each of brick and bowlders, have been shipped to CUlver preparatory to beginning construction work.

    Mr. Outland owns a total of ground having a frontage of 100 feeet on the lake and extending back 840 feet.

    It is intended to build a crushed stone roadway through the center of the tract and bungalows will be erected along tohis.

    The tract of ground is situated along the north shore of the lake and withing three blocks of Culver Military Academy.

    Mr. Outland expects to rent the houses for the summer months.

1912, April 25 - Mr Outland is getting the material on the ground for his cottages at the north end of the lake near the Lakeview Hotel

1914 - Sept 1914 - The Outland Buildings.
    0. V. Outland, the owner of a considerable strip of land adjoin. the Morris plat, is making quite extensive improvements

    They include a bungalow, a log cottage and a garage. Tbe bungalow is 30x36 with five rooms below and a large unpartitioned attic. Tho log cottage is a novelty, two stories high and contains seven or eight rooms.

    The garage is 18x24, with room for three cars.

    A. A. Keen has the bungalow contract. The other buildings are being put up by day work.

O. V. Outland, the owner of a number of cottages near Culver Academy, announces that he will this season put up a 40-room hotel. It will have its own electric light and water service and will be modern in every respect.- Rochester Sentinel, Friday, April 21,1916

It was built in May of 1916 by M. V. Outland. it was 216 by 90 feet, two stories high was of pine logs and had 40 rooms and 20 bathrooms; and constructed out of pine logs. There were also 3 to 4 cottages 10 by 10 feet in size. It was completed and opened in 1917.

Here are two views of the hotel:

1918 - Oct 9 - Mr. and Mrs. Outland have closed the Jungles for the winter.

It consisted of one main hotel or lodge - the Jungle or Kinderhook and there were 8 cottages or bunaglows by the names of Windy Ghoul - Oriole - Kingfisher - Limberlost - The cockoo - Le Petite Maison - Ailanthus - Will-o-wisp. The names were found listed in a brochure on the hotel.

1921 - Jan. 3 - The Jungle Hotel building, the large cottage, and three of the bungalows are being equipped with steam heat to enable them to stay open during the winter months

It is said that by 1922 the Lake View had mereged with the Jungle Hotel but this account has been found:
    1922 - Mar 8 - Something is looked for this week in the negotiations which Mr. and Mrs. Outland are making with the Pennsylvania railroad companty for the pruchase of the Lake View Property.

    It was sold by the Vandalia Railroad in March of 1922 to V. F. and H. M. Outland owners of the Jungle Hotel but before they had full possession of it 2 cottages caught fire and another was destroyed to contain the fire to the area. The Vandalia Railroad re-built these cottages for the new owners. Another source says that - While the Outland's owned it the meals for this hotel were served out of the Jungle Hotel kitchen.

The Arlington at Rochester lost a cook she came the Jungle:
    Traveling men and reg ular guests of the Arlington Hotel were surprised Tuesday when they read the announcement that hereafter the dining room of the hostelry would be closed permanently.

    Mrs. Charles Knight, who has been chef at the Arlington for a number of years was made a very attractive offer by the Jungle Hotel at Culver and has accepted. Thereupon the Arlington management decided that without a cook they could have no food to serve and so they closed the dining room doors. - Rochester Sentinel, Tuesday, April 25, 1922

It's location is pin pointed on the 1922 plat map and in relation to its location to the Lakeview and Palmer hotel can be found here for locations of north shore hotels.

An ad from the 1923 Automobile Blue Book, Volume 3

The 1924 Sanborn Fire Map shows the Jungle Hotel and its cottages:

A Full Week's Outing at "The Jungle," Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver, Indiana. ' The Indianapolis Star will enter-tain a number of its carriers, and agents by giving them a full week's vacation at -beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee, with all expenses of the trip to be paid by The Indianapolis Star. Give Your Star Carrier a Boost Every reader of The Daily or Sunday Star can help his favorite carrier win one of these vacation trips. ... These trips are given to The Star carriers and agents as a reward for securing new subscriptions to The Star... - -February 24, 1924 Indianapolis Star

In March 1925 the Outland's sold it to C. C. Longfellow and Oscar Maddoux/Mondoux
    1935 Mar 18 - A deal was closed whereby C. C. Longfellow and Oscar Mondoux became the proprietors of the Jungle Hotel.

    Claude Longfellow, who lived here from 1919 to 1932, was in Town Saturday renewing acquaintances. Mr. Longfellow Was at one time manager of the Palmer House, now known as The Culver Inn. He also was a former owner and operator of the old Jungle Hotel. A former public accountant, Mr. Longfellow now Lives in Warsaw. - Culver citizen WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1964

1926 - Dec 15 - Last Thursday a tansaction was completed where by Oscar Monodux sold his interests in the Jungle Hotel and CLub HOuse to his partner, C. C. Longfellows

1929 - Dec 11 - Injunction filed on purchase of properties

In 1931 the Culver Reality and Investment Company was established by Bretram and Edwin II Culver . Through this they bought up the north shore property of the lake between the Culver Town Park and the original acreage H. H. Culver had bought and the academy sat on. This was done to stop speculators from buying it up and decreasing the outside development by other on the area around the academy. All that could not be bought up at the time was the railroad right-a-way. Thus this property became part of Culver Military /Culver Educational Foundation.

Was torn down in 1930 [sic]. Because of the weight of the hotel was sinking out of site because the ground it sat on was spring-fed and was marsh land in essence. The Jungle Hotel without direct access to the lake and accessible only from Academy Road, was deemed expendable and was razed.

In 1932-3 - it as listed as being under the management of the Palmer House Hotel by an ad place in the 1932-3 Messenger

Here is a view before the fish ponds existed.It shows that the Jungle is there at that date, it is the single drive way in that splits and makes a circle in front of the main hotel building and your can see a cottage/house on the lake front also

And here is an aerial view and one can see the driveway and ground to the left, it shows the fish hatchery ponds that dates the photo into the 1930's and the main building for the Jungle is still visible..

The Sanborn Fire Map of 1937 - also proves that the Jungle Hotel was still existed as late as November 1937 but it is captioned as listed as "vacant & dismantled windows broken & boarded up"; the cottages are not depicted so one would assume that they had already been razed

The Jungle Hotel being ran down, having no direct access to the lake and only being accessible from Academy Road was razed, around 1939 as it was deemed expendable.

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