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Legendary Water
                                                                          Spring-fed, crystal clear and 120 feet deep, the
                                                                          unique blue-green water of Elkhart Lake is a legend
                                                                          itself. In Elkhart Lake you don’t just catch big fish,
                                                                          you can see them - deep below the surface. From
                                                                          the days when Native Americans lived on its banks,
                                                                          the pristine quality of Elkhart Lake’s water has
                                                                          soothed the souls of people from far and wide
                                                                          - and kept them coming back year after year. To
                                                                          many, it’s the legendary water of Elkhart Lake that
                                                                          makes it famous.

                                                                          Legendary Gambling
                                                                          Elkhart Lake could not escape the wave of illicit
                                                                          gambling in the early 1900s. Illegal gambling
                                                                          became the accepted standard in the state, and for
                                                                          all of its resort charm, Elkhart Lake became touted
                                                                          as a gambler’s paradise. The popularity of the slot
                                                                          machine among resort visitors took the village by
                                                                          storm. With the Roaring Twenties came an influx of
                                                                          roulette and poker at four well-established Elkhart
                                                                          Lake gambling halls. The end of this legendary era
                                                                          was signaled when, after years of lax enforcement,
                                                                          Elkhart Lake’s infamous Paddock Club was raided,
                                                                          and gambling equipment destroyed.

                                                                          Legendary Racing
                                                                          Open road racing over the hills and around the
                                                                          curves of Elkhart Lake gained prominence in the
                                                                          early 1950s. Now land marked, these early closed-
                                                                          loop courses around the lake drew sports car
                                                                          racing enthusiasts from across the Midwest and
                                                                          led to the development, 60 years ago, of Road
                                                                          America - a rolling four-mile track near the village.
                                                                          Long recognized as one of the premier road racing
                                                                          tracks in the world, Road America has become
                                                                          legendary. It is a favorite spot for the sport’s best
                                                                          professional and celebrity drivers of every type of
                                                                          racing vehicle from motorcycles to Indy cars.

                                                                          Legendary Train Depot
                                                                          Elkhart Lake’s early growth as a resort destination
                                                                          is attributed, in part, to the arrival of the Milwaukee
                                                                          & Northern Railroad to the village in 1873. Trains
                                                                          full of vacationers, race enthusiasts, gamblers
                                                                          and gangsters alike from Chicago, Milwaukee and
                                                                          Green Bay stepped onto the passenger platform at
                                                                          the Village’s Train Depot.

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