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Welcome to Monticello's Official Tourism and Business Guide.
Located on beautiful Lake Shafer and Lake Freeman, Monticello provides
a wide variety of activities for vacations and weekend getaways. Home
to Indiana Beach, Monticello comes alive during the summer with the opening
of Indiana Beach and the beginning of the summer season.
people load up their cars, trucks, RVs and motorcycles and make a pilgrimage
to the excitement and fun of Lake Freeman, Monticello, Indiana.
There's something for everyone to enjoy.
Natural beauty to explore on foot, bike, horseback,
by boat or on our famous Madam Carroll. Of course, our man-made wonders
never cease to amaze. Waterparks, amusement parks, live entertainment, go-carts,
mini-golf and more! Lake Freeman in Monticello, Indiana has hotels, bed
and breakfasts, and inn's settled in town or along the lake!
We're a unique American vacation destination, sure to become an annual family
County, named for Col. Isaac White, is one of 13 Indiana counties
named in honor of fallen heroes at the historic Battle of Tippecanoe.
White was born in Virginia to a family of refined English origin,
shortly after the Revolutionary War began. When he was 23 years
old, Isaac and his brother, Thomas, left home, unhappy with their
mother's second marriage. They traveled to Vincennes where Isaac
met and married Sallie Leech, daughter of Judge George Leech. Their
union produced three children, George Washington Leech White, Harriet
Grandison White and Juliet Greenville White. Isaac became a close
friend of William Henry Harrison, governor of the Northwest Territory.
When Harrison left to fight the Indians, White and his friend, Joseph
Hamilton Daviess, joined the governor's campaign in Indiana. Both
White and Daviess were killed on Nov. 7, 1811, at the Battle of
Tippecanoe, a few miles south of what is now the city of Monticello.
White's name is the last inscribed on the tablet honoring that war's
dead. He was listed as a private in the Indian campaign, but White
held the rank of colonel in the Illinois Militia. A rare historical
attraction in White County is the Anson Wolcott House, located on
U.S. 24 about 20 miles west of Monticello in downtown Wolcott. Wolcott
House is one of two homes in the county listed in the National Register
of Historic Places. Tours can be arranged by calling Bob Foster
Dams-Form our Lakes
the Oakdale Dam, located a few miles south of Monticello, was completed
in 1925 forming Lake Freeman, the framework was set for the twin
lakes area to become one of the largest summer vacation spots in
the Midwest. Construction on Oakdale began in 1924 and was completed
a year later on the Tippecanoe River. This allowed the waters of
Shafer Lake, formed earlier by the opening of Norway Dam in June
1923, to flood the lowland areas and create scenic Lake Freeman.
The run-of-the-river dams were built by a power company during the
"Roaring 20s". They are owned by the Northern Indiana
Public Service Co., which has operated the two hydroelectric facilities
since 1944. Until the end of World War II, the two power generating
stations produced sufficient power to accommodate the energy demands
of Monticello, and enough extra power for export to other areas
of the state. With the baby boom and unprecedented economic growth
after World War II in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the utility
company was forced to turn to other means to meet the energy demands
of this area. While there are larger lakes in the state, the man-made
lakes of Freeman and Shafer are unequaled anywhere in Indiana because
the two run-of-the-river dams maintain a nearly constant water level
in the lakes throughout the year. More than 100 camps, resorts and
other commercial enterprises are located around the two lakes, in
addition to the more than 1,000 year-around homes, numerous summer
cottages and mobile homes. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the
influx of summer residents and visitors to area multiples area population
several times. Tourism alone is said to generate an estimated $70
million annually in retail sales and services, making tourism one
of White County's economic cornerstones.
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