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Hamlin Resorts History Column 217 Dave Petersen This week we will continue with some real photo postcard views, this time of the Hamlin Lake area. Long a resort area this has been a popular destination for travelers for over 100 years. Originally the area was best reached by the Dummy Train. The roads at the turn of the century were far from easy to travel on. Once residents reached the end of the line they could board one of the launches that operated on the lake and get a ride to the resorts. Nurnburg road had not yet been built, can you imagine the seclusion and peacefulness that surrounded the Lake in those early resort years. Originally the Northern Hamlin Lake resorts included the Bugg House, Camp Arcadia, Pleasant Hill and Griswolda. As the county road system improved travel by train slowly diminished until 1919 when the service was stopped. The opening up of the Hamlin area to travel by automobile increased the traffic and the offerings of places to stay and access to the lake and its fishing. Many resorts appeared on Hamlin Lake to address the needs of weary travelers and city dwellers trying to find some peace and solice from the rigors of city living. I'd like to compile a more complete history of the resorts in the Hamlin area to share with our readers. If you have local stories and photographs of your Hamlin Lake Cottage, Resort, or Camps and wish to share those please feel free to contact me at 757-3240, davep@blackcreekpress.com or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Mi 49431. Pic1 Barnhart's Store at Upper Hamlin Lake, They supplied many services for resorters, delivering groceries, mail, and boat repair. The business is still in operation as Barnhart's Marina and Resort. Pic 2 South Bayou Hamlin Lake Pic 3 A Second view of the South Bayou Pic 4 Sauble Inn Interior view of the Dining Room Pic 5 Shellenbarger's Cottages, does anyone remember the location and history of these cottages? Pic 6 One of the Launches that ferried resorters out on Hamlin Lake during the 1920's.

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