||Section 16 - 500.90A 1835 Original Survey|
|Section 16 c. 1837 500.90A (North shore town and academy)
||1872 - Section. 16
Est. of I N Morris 105 A ( also 80 A)
J. Duddleson - 30.60A & 10A
T. Houghton 90A.
J. Houghton Acreage not stated
J ___ name illegible 4A
G. A. Durr 10A
Lot no name no acreage stated
G. A. Durr 5A? - res (Lot 2 3A & 3A)
Dr. Durr No amount Stated lots as if to be 2 large
L D W [Lorenzo W. Wiseman]
|1876 - J. Castleman - 190A
1876 Section 16
||1880 North Section 16 - 500.90 Acres Town
I N Morris 185.34
B. W. Watt 15.50A
LakeView Club 15A
J Duddleson 109.31A
Tho. Houghton 90A.
J. E. Houghton 19.60A
E Parker 27 A
Here is some interesting facts stated about the orginial property owners of the north side of the lake:
Zina and Emma Duddleson .... The grandfather of Zina was a Civil War veteran and a farmer. His later years
were lived in the Argos vicinity.
The great-grandfather originally owned the Thomas Houghton farm to the Maxinkuckee Lake on the west side of Burr
Oak Road. The land now occupied by the Vandalia Park, was part of this farm and was given to Dr. Durr in payment for
medical services. The consideration was $50., as great-grandfather Duddleson considered it of little farming value.
..... - History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentenial 1836-1986, Taylor Publishing Co., 1986,
Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society pg. 153 - Marcella White.
We know that Albert "Al" Toner, purchased twenty-six acres of land at Lake Maxinkuckee probably
for speculative purposes. He probably sold some of this area as noted below to the railroad and the rest he
platted the Toner Addition which was added on 5 August 1886 to the town of Marmont now Culver
by Albert D. Toner ( Lakeshore Drive
During this time the Terre Haute &
Railroad was slowly expanding its line up to Culver, finally arriving June 30th
and then on to South Bend and became known as the Vandalia; one train daily at first ran.
The railroad also bought out the Lake View Club
and its 15 acres to the east becaming a part of the "Vandalia Park" and converted it to the
Lake View Hotel
1886 - Lakeside Vandalia Park was established - Yet it is said that they established Vandalia Park
sometime in 1883 , 1889 and yet another source says as late as 1890. The Vandalia Park
encompassed an area of 3.2 acres. Yet from the Logansport Journal May 15, 1886 pg. 3 under
Maxenkuckee Notes is:
The Vandalia Company have purchased a nice piece of ground from Mr. Toner and will convert
it into a park and picnic ground for the benefit of excursionists and others visiting the lake.
The Boat and Bath house was said to have been built in 1886 - it is said that this was possibly the
, ran by M. F. (Fayette)
Mosher but documentation has not been found. It is said that that railroad purchased in it 1894. It is
also refered to as the "Morris Boathouse" and mention of it has been found
||This picture taken in August 1890 by John R. Hager and 48 years later was sent back to W. T.
Parrish by John Truet Pennsy official in New York; information was written on the back by
George E. Farrington one time Secretary of the Vandalia Railroad.|
1889 - Apr 17 The company is also building some airy sheds on their ground, which will
be a great luxury to tha pleasure seekers at the lake, knowing that such attention will
be appreciated by the public. - Logansport Pharos
1891 Terre Haute & Logansport Railroad [TH&L] Annual Report from the year ending
October 31, 1891 and page 39 contains the following expense: $267.35 for fruit stand
at Marmont Park
1894 - The Boat and Bath house that was built in 1886 and was purchased in 1894 by the
Vandalia Railroad when it took over the park. Monton H. Foss operated the Boat and Bath
1897 - May 28 - - A gang of men have been cleaning up the railroad park the past week, a
very commendable act. We understand the company will plant flowers Decoration day. Good
1899 - May 19 - Capt. Morris
is now sole
owner of the bath-house and fixtures, which will be conducted in connection with his boat house.
He has as fine a line of clinker row boats as can be found at any resort in the state, also several yachts.
Parties can rent boats of the captain by the hour, week or for the season.
1899 - Jun 16 - Never in the history of Culver have the railroad grounds been so artistically beautified as at the
present time. A large force of men have been at work upon the the grounds under the management of a master,
hence they present a magnificent appearance. A large pole has been raised upon the banks of the lake,
from the top of which wave the Stars and Stripes. In fact- the grounds are admired by all lovers of the
1900 - May 18 - The Vandaha R. R. company has has put in a new pier, and is also cleaning up
the grounds around the Lake View Hotel and in Vandalia Park. Culver Herald
1900 - May 25 - Under the supervision of Quinn, the Vandalia depot, parks have been cleaned up and put in
better shape than ever before, and now present a most beautiful appearance. About June 1st the flowers
will be “set out” and other work performed which will add additional beauty to the park scenery. The
company has put in a new pier this spring and all in all, there never was a time when the surrounding of the
lake front near the depot were more attractive - Culver Herald
1902 - Vandalia expanded the park - Found in the Fourth annual report was:
The charges to Construction and Equipment paid for out of new capital was as follows:...Picnic
grove purchased at Culver 4,524.90 - pg. 10 Fourth Annual Report of The Terre Haute &
Logansport Railway Company For Year Ending December 31, 19O2.
Terre Haute & Logansport Railway Co.
In order to provide facilities for entertaining picnic parties at Lake Maxinkuckee during the
summer season and also to prevent the probable purchase of the property by undesirable
parties it was thought best to purchase an oak grove of about ten acres fronting the lake
and adjacent to the company's station and property. Several expensive improvements
authorized - pg. 11 Fourth Annual Report of The Terre Haute & Logansport Railway
Company For Year Ending December 31, 19O2. Terre Haute & Logansport Railway Co.
1903 - May 21 - The stone forming the edge of the walks at the depot grounds is being
removed by Foreman Washburn and men. Cut sod borders will be used this season.
The rock that is removed will be used to build a sea wall down near the ice houses
The 28 May 1903 issue of the Culver Citizen announced: Gravel walks are being put in at
the depot grounds and at the Lakeview cottages. All the flowers are planted and Foreman
Washburn expects to have everything in first class order by the last of the week
1903 - June 25 - E. S. Whelan, of Cincinnati, has charge of the round stand for the
Union News Co., this season. He opened the place last Wednesday.
|1903 - June 25 - The Vandalia railroad company is having a large
octagon band stand,
twenty feet in diameter, erected in the park.
1903 - Found in the Fifth annual report was:
Paving sidewalks at Culver ............. $72.20
Fifth Annual Report of The Terre Haute & Logansport Railway Company For Year Ending
December 31, 19O3. Terre Haute & Logansport Railway Co.pg. 8
1904 - Mar 17 - Griffith, Terre Haute's leading florist, has the contract to furnish the
flowers for Vandalia Park this year.
1904 - May 5 - The Vandaiia Park yardmen are removing all the old dirt from the flower
beds and tilling in with good black soil from the Wabash river bottoms. - - The Vandaiia
Park sheds are being roofed with tar paper. This will make the sheds more useful, as
heretofore they afforded but little protection to excursionists in rainy weather.
1904 May 19 -The old turn table and switch near Kreuzbergers Park were taken out this
week - - Griffith, the Terre Haute florist, is putting out. the flowers in Vandalia Park this week
1904 - Sep 1 - It is quite likely that Captian Morris will have a new bath house several times
as large as the present building next season
1905 - Apr 13 - The Vandalia railroad company is making some extensive improvements upon the
depot grounds and sheds. A brick pavement will cover all that part formerly laid with plank
1905 - May 6 - The new walks at the Vandalia depot are nearing completion and are adding
much to the comfort and beauty of the place
1905 - Jun 15 - The Vandalia railroad company is covering all the walks around the depot with
crushed limestone, which improves the general appearance of the grounds.
||1908 map of rail road holdings. Tho its not stated on the map the larger empty lots to
the west of the Emma Lord Parcel was purchased in 1902 as stated above and owned by the
railroad and was sold to Medbourn as stated below in 1916. And also could of contained the
other 2 smaller parcels.|
1909 - February 25 – Eight or ten additional hydrants have been installed on the depot grounds
1909 Apr 8 - The Vandalia has sold forty or fifty trees in the grove west of the station. Their
removal is expected to encourage the growh of thr grass in the picinic grounds.
||This photo appeared in the Citizen on 21 Aug 1963; the park was described as:
The grassy slopes were broken by colorful flower beds and gravel walks bordered by
One small section, like a bit of fairyland, contained a small stream of water spanned by
a tiny foot bridge. Near the birdge was a little rustic house with seats for two and
a "Lover's Lane" beyond.
The big walk led from the station to the pier where the large steamers received
passengers which were transported to places around the lake.
1911 - Aug. 17 - Buys the Boat Livery
Arthur Morris has purchased of Captain Ed Morris the boat llivery,
bath house, oil house and
boat liver of 50 boats. He will take possesion Sept. 15.
1911 - Sep 14 - A Card to the Public
Culver, Ind., Sep. 12 - Editor of the Culver Citizen
I wish to announce through your paper that I have disposed of my boat livery, bathing etc., to
I hope he will receive the patronage the business deserves and that he will be more acceptable
to the town people than I have been
I shall give my whole attention to building, storing and repair work at my shop and store rooms
near the Palmer Hose, where I shall be glad to see all my old customers and as many new ones
as feel willing to trust their work to me - Ed.
|The Boathouse or Bath house as its been called, In 1895 at a distance and
the 1911 postcard
dated Sep. 30 and terminated by mutual consent on March 27, 1915 between the
Vandalia Railroad and Arthur Morris - for the boat and bath house - also had a map of its location
and the railroad grounds
1913 - A Storm in 1913 destroyed the
in the Vandalia Park. It was used as a signal for the arrival of the evening train
arrivals. It was built some time in the 1900's or late 1890's it stood on a 4 to 5 foot base and
was 8 to 10 feet in height
1914 - 2 April - A new town pier will be constructed at a length of between 10 and 120 feet and
a width of 8 feet. It will be built in 10-foot sections and floored with 2 inch plank - Culver citizen
1914 - Sep 10 - The Vandalia railroad has placed the Lake View property and Vandalia park on the
1915 - May 27 - What is known as the sailboat and launch pier has been abandoned. SInce the
withdrawl of the two steamboats f rom the lake traffic on pier will serve th needs of all watercraft
coming to the railroad station. The lake front is improved in appearance by the removal of the pier.
The open land to the east of the Toner Avenue commercial district was owned the railroad company,
as was the park and beach along the lakeshore just to the south. Toner Avenue hillside overlooked
the lake, and was a popular picnic spot for tourists. After it cut back on Sunday excursions to Culver
in the early years of the twentieth century, the railroad company sought to divest itself of the hillside.
In 1916, the company sold the land to Samuel Medbourn, a local businessman, who platted it as
Medbourn's First Addition to the Town of Culver The neighborhood was platted in 1916 by Samuel
Medbourn, a leading local businessman
|1915 - Jun 23 Medbourn and Lenon receiveded the deed on Monday for the
Vandalia Park tract, and yesterday had surveyors platting it into lots.
They still retained the park area south of Lake Shore drive for several years more
1919, Feb 19 - Arthur Morris has traded his boat house plant to Monton Foss for a house
and lot and a barn an lot in the west part of town
1919 Dec 10 - "The season is officially closed" - announces Cape Wiseman. "We have stored
the seats and trash boxes belonging to Vandalia Park, and the piers will be taken out as soon
as the lake freezes."
1920 - May 26 - O. A. Bennett was in town this week arranging for the opening the stand at
the depot on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Redding, who were here last summer, will have
charge of the depot stand and Mr and Mrs Dick Louden will manage the round stand
1920 - Jun 9 - Beautifying the Park The railroad park is rapidly assuming the festive aires of summer.
Cape Wiseman and his assistant Charley Eaton have place the flower beds in readiness and installments
of blooming plants are being received from the company's conservatories at Schwickley, Pa.
The park benches are in place and picnic parties are already putting them to use.
Crushed stone has been spread on the thoroughfare west of the depot and an attractive grass plot and
flower beds have been completed on the site of the burned depot.
The park is a beauty spot every summer - a joy to the eyes of the tired traveler and a source of much
enjoyment to the town people and the thousands of visitors to the lake
||1922 holdings of the railroad. The sale of the Lake View seems
to have had its "hitches" along the way:
1922 - Mar 8 - Something is looked for this week in the negotiations which Mr. and Mrs.
Outland are making with the Pennsylvania railroad company for the purchase of the
Lake View Property.
1922 - Mar 15 - The Lake View Summer Hotel Sold to V. F. and H. M. Outland of
1923 - Feb. 7 The William Alexander Post of the American Legion members voted to
unaninously to purchase if at all possible to do so a plot of gorund belonging to the
Pennsylvania railroad, situated on the lake front, at the extreme west end of Vandalia
Park, and immediately adjacent to it, and ercet thereon a larg, rustic club and
1923 - Mar 7 - Railroad Improvements... It seems to be definitely decided that this spring
will see the installation of modern water closets in the rear of the bath house
1923 - May 9 - Material has been ordered for the construction of the railroad company's
public closets to be erected in the rear of the bath house.
1922 - MAY 24 — Sale of Boat House
Mont Foss has sold the boat house and the fleet of boats to Mickle and Mack, proprietors
of the former Hayes restaurant. Th new proprietors contemplate some equpment which
will make the bathing beach a more popular resort than ever, and the railroad has agreed
to feature the attraction on its printed matter.
1922 - June 21 - Bathers are having big sports since" Mickie & Mack, the new proprietors
of the bathing beach and boat yard erected a chute. But the fun isn't going to end with
that, for a big toboggan slide is almost ready for use. II' is 45 feet high and 160 feet long.
Toboggans will slip down the incline at a 30 mile an hour clip. Photos of the Vandalia Park:
1923 - February 7 The depot pier has finally been removed to prevent its destruction by
the breaking up of the ice in the spring. The salil boatpier will be taken care of in the same
1925 - January 28 - V. F. Outland was in town last week, turning back the Lakeview
Hotel property to the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. Mr. Outland's option on the property
expired Jan. 1.
1929 - Feb 20 - A representative of the Pennsylvania railroad company had made the request
of the town that aid be given in the upkeep of Vandalia Park. It was pointed out that the
railroad does not receive the revenue from visitors to the lake that it used to enjoy, while the
park was a distinct advanatge and asset to the town. It was asked that the town furnish water
for sprinkling the [ark and for the rest roo., This was readily granted by the board abd rgw
mwmbwea expressed their appreciation of the railroad's co-operation and interest in maintainiing
this attractive mecca for those wishing to enjoy the lake in the summer.
1929 - Apri - The Lakeview property of The Vandalia Park seems to have finally been sold
in April 1929 it was acquired by the Culver Family :
The Culver Military Academy has announced that they have purchased the real estate facing
Lake Maxinkuckee known as the Lake View Hotel property. This gives the academy a solid
stretch from the Palmer House to the boat house. - -The News-Sentinel, Thursday, May 2, 1929
1932 - Mar 2 -- Vandalia Park Needs Caretaker This Year
The town board has learned from officials of the Pennsylvania Railroad that Vandalia Park,
located on the edge of Lake Maxinkuckee is not for sale, neither will it be leased.
Yet the railroad official do not feel that the revenue from passengers coming to the lake
is sufficient to warrant their continuing the park's upkeep, so if this attractive plot is to be
kept as a mecca for visitors to the lake some plan will have to be devised wereby a
caretaker will be provided locally. The town board will probably take the matter up for
This news was discussed at the Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday noon, along with
politics, basketball, emplyment and post offices.
Those present were: M. B. Ewald, C. l. Shively, C. I. Ferrier, F. M. Annis, Carl Adams, Earl
Foreman, C. C. Chambers, Ray Bell, W. E. Fried, W. O. Osborn and M. R. Robinson.
1932 - May 25 - Upon statement of officials of the Pennsylvania Railroad that they didn't intend to
maintain Vandalia Park this summer, but would give permission for the local town board to take care
of its upkeep, the town made plans to have the park mowed at once and the continuance of
maintenance during the summer months.
A. B. Long has again leased the railroad boat house use and
bathing beach and has put out the piers.
1933 - May 3 - Town Wants bids for Care of Lake Park
The town board is receiving bids for the positon of care taker of Vandalia Park for the summer
Bids will be considered at a special meeting Monday Night
Particulars can be obtained from Mayor Cleve Crabb.
1933 - Aug 16 - Since abandoning the care of the Vandalia park by the railroad company and the
town taking it overe there is a growing sentiment in favor of modernizing this beautiful lake shore
resort. Just how this can be done within the scope of our financial ability can be learned by a propsed
delegation to Pendleton park, near Indianapolis next Sunday. Pendleton park furnsishes the village its
street lights free. This has been made bossible by the receipts of the park as a recreation and bathing
1934 - Apr 25 - Park Spick and Span -
Mont Foss, superintendent of streets, has Vandalia Park in the best condition it has been in
several years. The bank leading to the lake has been thoroughly cleaned of refuse as well as
the balance of the park, which will increase the park's drawing power for visitor's this summer
1934 - May 9 - Taylor Builds Bird Houses for Lake Park
Twenty-four bird houses have been placed in Vandalia Park, the gift of Jack Taylor, who built
The houses are very attractive and add to the appearance of the park as well as attracting
If the benches and tables could be painted the park would present its best appearance in years
1934 - Jun. 13 - Clean Park Spring
The Spring near the boat landing in Vandalia Park has been cleaned by the town board. This
spring is a flowing well, but had become stopped up until it natural flow has been greatly
reduced. It is now giving forth a good supply of cool driking water.
1935 - In 1935 Culver purchased the town park
for $6,500 this included 3.2 acres and buildings excluding the depot and adjacent land; it also included
Bunker Hill and the old water tower of 2.2 acres.
The name "Bunker Hill" coming from what more than one local has discussed as being the steel doors
along the hillside north of the old railroad tracks, today entirely obscured by dirt and grass, which lead
into the old, concrete storage bunkers used by the railroad company for some years