Chicago Road, Hudson Twp
in the far northeast corner of LaPorte County, Hudson lake is
comparable in size to Pine Lake in LaPorte.
quaint town offers summer rentals and lakeside RV camping but
limited public access. Motor boats and personal water craft are
Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Redear.
Its a short drive down Highway 20 from Michigan City and offers
an alternative to often crowded beaches found there.
earliest settlement in LaPorte County was on the east shore of
Lac du Chemin or Hudson Lake. Here a group of cabins had sprung
up by 1829 surrounding a Baptist mission and school. Established
in the late 1820's as a branch of the Carey Mission in Niles,
Michigan, the Hudson mission tried to Christianize the native
Pottawattomie population while teaching them American methods
of farming. The mission remained at Hudson Lake only until the
Indians began leaving in large numbers in the 1830's but the surrounding
town of Hudson, or Lakeport, continued to prosper.
market center with flourishing businesses, the town was considered
a powerful rival of LaPorte for the trade of the northeast part
of the county. But after the railroad located its depot at the
nearby community of New Carlisle, the townspeople began to drift
It was not
until the turn of the century that Hudson enjoyed prosperity again.
A popular summer resort business had built up around the Smith
Hotel by the 1890's and the hotel owner constructed the Hudson
Lake Casino to attract additional visitors to the town.
By the 1920's,
the casino was the summertime hangout of wealthy Chicago residents.
The South Shore RR brought hundreds of dancers every weekend anxious
to sway to the sounds of such big bands as Guy Lombardo's "Royal
Canadians" or the South Bend "Indiana's". The lake
resort also advertised excellent bathing and picnicking facilities
and large Chicago and South Bend firms often rented the entire
resort for the company outings.
Lake resort began to decline in the 1930's as the influence of
the Depression and competing dance halls was felt. Today the Hudson
Lake Casino is used as a private boat storage on Chicago Road.
The Hudson Cemetery on 700N is one of the oldest in the county
and includes several interesting family plots.
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