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History




                         The Story of Elkhart Lake




                  Long ago, Native Americans referred to Elkhart Lake as “the chosen spot” for its awesome natural beauty. Since then,
                  its deep pristine water, cedar tree-lined shores and nearby glacial hills and forests have drawn celebrity and everyday
                  visitors year after year from across our country and around the world.

                  From the sounds of conch shells blown over the lake to
                  signal dusk to the clamor of slot machine nickels
                  dropping into tin trays, Elkhart Lake is rich with
                  history and legend. Over the years it has been a
                  gathering place for gangsters, gamblers and generations
                  of families. The world’s top race car drivers and competitive
                  athletes have made their way through the village to enjoy
                  its unspoiled, authentic charm.
                  From the days when a village of tepees was perched on
                  a hill near its boat landing, to today when you can find
                  world-class amenities tastefully woven into its authentic
                  charm, the fish are larger, the water is cleaner, and the
                  smiles are bigger in Elkhart Lake.

                  Legends were published from 1866 to 1892. Still more have
                  come to be told today. Here are our favorite, condensed versions.

                  Legendary Name

                  Well known among local tribes was a handsome young warrior who proved his bravery
                  by slaying an elk and devouring its heart - thus becoming known as Elkheart. Attracting the favor
                  of many young maidens, Elkheart began wooing the one named Silver Birch. But his eyes soon strayed
                  to another beautiful maiden known as Singing Bird, leaving Silver Birch heart-broken. One night as the new lovers
                  paddled out on the lake, an arrow from the bow of the dejected Silver Birch pierced Elkheart, who fell into the deep water.
                  Horrified, Singing Bird plunged into the water after him, followed by a sorrowful Silver Birch, who drowned with the ill-
                  fated lovers. Now, when the moon is full, the spirit of Silver Birch passes over the lake crying the name Elkheart.







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