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

Welcome to the Potawatomi Inn

The Potawatomi Inn has provided the setting for thousands of memories

 
 
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By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
1. Welcome to the Potawatomi Inn Marker
Inscription. The Potawatomi Inn opened for business in 1927, two years after Pokagon State Park was established. The Inn had 40 guest rooms, the dining room and the Lonidaw Lounge. A long open porch, since enclosed, faced Lake James. A night at the Potawatomi Inn cost $3.

Several additions and alterations have occurred over the years:

1960s: Additional rooms were added. The original rooms were equipped with bathrooms. The long porch was enclosed to created a sunny hallway overlooking the lake.

1980s: Swimming pool and sun deck added.

1990s: Conference rooms and more guest rooms added.

Lonidaw Lounge
The Lonidaw Lounge, named for Chief Pokagonís wife, was the original lobby and check-in desk. It retains the feel of the early Inn. The warmth of the fireplace, the red brick and light fixtures are all original.

Did You Know?
Unlike Michigan, Indiana had no waiting period for marriage licenses. During WWII, nearby Angola was the across-the-border wedding location for many Michigan servicemen. Many couples honeymooned at the Inn.

Inn Managers
Inn Managers and their families reside at the Inn, each leaving their lasting impression. From 1936 - 1948, Ben and Helen Swenson managed the Potwatomi Inn. While Ben handled the administration,
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By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
2. Welcome to the Potawatomi Inn Marker
Helen hosted social events for the Innís patrons. Halloween festivities, craft workshops, cook-outs, hikes and even a petting zoo were offered. Additionally, Helenís artistry was used to promote the park and the Inn.

We hope you enjoy adding your memories to the long tradition of fun times at Pokagon State Park.
 
Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 41° 42.258′ N, 85° 1.365′ 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 100 feet west of the main entrance to the Potawatomi Inn; 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. Beginning in Ice: The Lakes of Pokagon (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steuben County Civil War Honor Rolls (approx. 5 miles away); Fremont Indiana (approx. 5 miles away); Steuben County Court House (approx. 5 miles away); The Vistula Road (approx. 5.2 miles away);
Potawatomi Inn image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
3. Potawatomi Inn
Original 1927 building on right side,
1960s addition on left side
Indiana's Northern Boundary Line (approx. 9.3 miles away); Bronson Public Library (approx. 14.7 miles away in Michigan); The Chicago Road (approx. 15.3 miles away in Michigan). Click for a list of all markers in Angola.
 
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South Elevation of Potawatomi Inn image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
4. South Elevation of Potawatomi Inn
Postcard View of Potawatomi Inn Yesteryear image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
5. Postcard View of Potawatomi Inn Yesteryear
Close-up view of image on marker
Original Potawatomi Inn Today image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 31, 2014
6. Original Potawatomi Inn Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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