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    • 549. Rose Island Zoo

    • Zoos; Amusement Parks; Bears
    • The black bear depicted in this 1930 era photograph was one of a number of wild animals collected and housed in the Rose Island zoo. This bear was named Teddy Roosevelt.
    • City Water Works-Reservoir

    • Waterworks; Reservoirs
    • This reservoir was located east of town. There were at least three such reservoirs around Madison. Plans for one of the early reservoirs were approved by the city council in 1846 under the guidance and ownership of Thomas Godman. It was to be...
    • Ernest Schleicher Civil War Letters

    • United States--Civil War, 1861-1865; Soldiers--correspondence; Correspondence; Fortune telling; Love letters; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--letters and diaries; Military life
    • Ernest Schleicher, a soldier in Company I 38th Regiment Indiana Infantry, wrote letters home during the Civil War to Harriet Jackson of New Providence, Indiana. Ernest mustered in as a private in 1861 and was discharged in 1865 as a sergeant. These...
    • Worker operating a rip saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Rip saws; Employees; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Early saws, because they were made of iron and operated without the assistance of water to help ensure durability, often deteriorated quickly. Later versions, such as the rip saw in this image included hoses to prevent the saw from overheating and...
    • Dance at the Crystal Ball Room at Bass Lake.

    • Starke County (Ind.) ; Tickets; Memorabilia; Dance halls;
    • The Crytal Ball Room, built c.1925 at the south end of Bass Lake, was a popular place through the 1960's. It featured big bands and dancing, roller skating and other events, such as prize fights. This ticket admitted one lady on Saturday night.
    • Ginger and His Ginger Snaps at Bass Lake

    • Starke County (Ind.) ; Publicity photographs; Big bands; Dance halls;
    • The Crytal Ball Room, built c.1925 at the south end of Bass Lake, was a popular place through the 1960's. It featured big bands and dancing, roller skating and other events, such as prize fights. Young men bought tickets for 10 cents for the...
    • Black Diamonds Play at Bass Lake

    • Starke County (Ind.) ; Publicity photographs; Big bands;
    • This photo is a publicity photograph, popular in the early 1900s. The Black Diamonds were a big band contracted by the Brunswick Recording Company. The Crytal Ball Room where they were contracted in Bass Lake was built c.1925 and was a popular...
    • The Bricktops at Bass Lake

    • Starke County (Ind.) ; Publicity photographs; Big bands;
    • Female band leaders were not common in the first quarter of the 1900s, but Bobbie Grice and her Brick Tops had a big following nation-wide. A big part of that was her band's musical talent and another part was, of course, the unique fact that they...
    • Listen to Ginger and his Ginger Snaps at Bass Lake

    • Starke County (Ind.) ; Posters; Memorabilia; Big bands;
    • The Crytal Ball Room, built c.1925 at the south end of Bass Lake, was a popular place through the 1960's. It featured big bands and dancing, roller skating and other events, such as prize fights. This poster is an advertisement for Ginger and his...
    • Crystal Ball Room

    • Starke County (Ind.); Dance halls; Automobiles; Big bands; Boxing;
    • The Crytal Ball Room, built c.1925 at the south end of Bass Lake, was a popular place through the 1960's. It featured big bands and dancing, roller skating and other events, such as prize fights. Young men bought tickets for 10 cents for the...

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