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Near Angola in Steuben County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Beginning in Ice: The Lakes of Pokagon

 
 
Beginning in Ice: The Lakes of Pokagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
1. Beginning in Ice: The Lakes of Pokagon Marker
Inscription. You are looking at the lower basin of Lake James. The lake is the third largest natural lake in Indiana (1,140 acres). With the middle and upper basins of Lake James, and Snow Lake, the park has water on three sides.

The 120 lakes of Steuben County formed at the end of the most recent glaciation, the Wisconsin.

At that time, the Saginaw ice lobe ceased its southern advance, and began to melt and break apart.

Among the features formed were kettle holes. These formed when large blocks of ice broke free and were buried under tons of glacial debris. The debris insulated the ice block. The ice blocks slowly melted leaving behind a water-filled depression. Lake James is a large kettle lake.

Kettle lakes are uneven in depth and even small lakes can be quite deep. Lake James reaches a maximum depth of 88 feet.

The People
Humans arrived shortly after the glacier receded. The lakes, wetlands and forests were abundant in wildlife and fish. The Potwatomi tribe settled on the shores of Lake James during the early 1800s. Potawatomi people still live throughout the country, many settling along the Indiana-Michigan border.

Between the Great Lakes and the Ohio there is no more beautiful tract of country than this country.
Charles R. Dyer, Surveyor
1891
Beginning in Ice: The Lakes of Pokagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
2. Beginning in Ice: The Lakes of Pokagon Marker
Overlooking the lower basin of Lake James
Geological Report of Steuben County

The time may come when the lakes of Steuben County will be the most valuable and profitable possession of her citizens, who will then seek and devise means for preserving instead of destroying them.
Charles R. Dyer
 
Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 41° 42.161′ N, 85° 1.391′ W. Marker is near Angola, Indiana, in Steuben County. Marker can be reached from Indiana Route 727 0.8 miles west of Interstate 69. Click for map. Marker is located in Pokagon State Park west of the Potawatomi Inn swimming beach; the above directions are to the park entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Angola IN 46703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Potawatomi Inn (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steuben County Civil War Honor Rolls (approx. 4.9 miles away); Steuben County Court House (approx. 4.9 miles away); Fremont Indiana (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Vistula Road (approx. 5.3 miles away); Indiana's Northern Boundary Line
Lower Basin of Lake James image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
3. Lower Basin of Lake James
View to southeast from marker location
(approx. 9.3 miles away); Bronson Public Library (approx. 14.8 miles away in Michigan); The Chicago Road (approx. 15.3 miles away in Michigan). Click for a list of all markers in Angola.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNative Americans
 
Potawatomi Inn as Viewed from Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
4. Potawatomi Inn as Viewed from Marker Location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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