In the beginning, Indian Lake residents communicated via Smoke Signals. The Smoke Signal was the name of
the newsletter first issued by the Indian Lake Lodge beginning in 1965. It began publication, on a monthly basis, in early 1965
and was essentially a local newspaper dedicated to all things at Indian Lake. The earliest edition we’ve been able to locate
is January 1966. Early editions, 4 pages in length, focused on the progress of the lake’s development, welcomed new residents,
showed new homes, reviewed events such as golf and skiing, chronicled Arnold Palmer’s tournament victories, etc. There is a
wealth of old pictures and stories. Even some of the old advertisements are entertaining. It went to 8 pages early in
We’ve embarked on a project to capture some of this history in an archive, scanning these old documents for posterity,
and the enjoyment of current and future residents.
So far we have located 29 issues, ranging between January 1966 and
October 1969. Our most complete year is 1967, with all months except January now safely on file and archived.
If you have,
or know someone who may have, saved any of these precious documents, please let us know. We will scan them and add them to the
archive, and return them if you’d like. You might also wish to donate them to the paper archive which we will maintain, as well.
also have some later newsletters, called The Northwinds News. These began in 1993 as a Lodge publication, and with mostly a
lodge focus. There are, however, some community-based tidbits and ads of interest. We have only 8 newsletters on file
ranging from May 1993 through June 1994.
We are interested also in capturing other articles from local papers, etc., concerning
Indian Lake. One very interesting article on file is from the Somerset REC Penn Lines publication in February 1987 which chronicles
the then current plans to revitalize the Lodge and life at the lake.
We know the lodge was closed for 11 years from sometime
in late 1974 to early 1986. Any news about or during these gaps would be GREATLY appreciated. Actually, any news would
be appreciated and included in the archive.
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