|Books about Paw Paw Lake, Sister Lakes,|
Coloma and Watervliet, Michigan
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Your visit to the Southwest Michigan Store, will take you to:
Paw Paw Lake ... in my first book, "Paw Paw Lake, a hundred year resort history 1890's-1900's". You will remember Ray Kroc playing piano at one of the dance pavilions and Big Bands at Crystal Palace including Louie Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Doris Day, Perry Como, and Merv Griffin. And Disneyland of its time, The Ellinee.
From there you might view old postcards and photos in the next book, "Paw Paw Lake, Images of a Lake".
One of the first of its kind, an animal petting zoo and amusement park by the name of Deer Forest might have been one of the attractions you took the children to. There they could visit Story Book Land with their special plastic key for each nursery rhyme while petting and feeding the roaming deer. More information can be found in the third book, "A History of Little Paw Paw Lake and Deer Forest, Michigan".
Frequently Chicago vacationers would come to Little Paw Paw Lake, known for its superb fishing. You'll find this history also in Little Paw Paw Lake and Deer Forest.
In the next book, "Then and Now", view Coloma and Watervliet and Paw Paw Lake comparing 100 year old pictures and postcards of buildings and locations with the current views. Investigate how Coloma went from the name Shingle Diggins to Dickerville before becoming Coloma due to the 1849 Gold Rush. Did you have family employed by the Watervliet Paper Mill? Read about it here. View the shoreline of Paw Paw Lake in Coloma and in Watervliet in the 1906 unique, panoramic postcards by C.G. Cross. See where the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club races were held. Prosper Bowes (remember Bowes Landing?) held Civil War Veterans reunions which included encampments on his farm in Watervliet.
Did you vacation at one of the eight Sister Lakes? In the "Sister Lakes" book you could reminisce about Big Crooked, Little Crooked, Round, Dewey, Indian, Magician, Cable and Pipestone Lakes. Roller skating and dancing at the Ramona dance pavilion might have been one of your activities. These lakes were originally inhabited by Potawatomi Indians whose history is included in this book.
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PO Box 916, Coloma, MI 49038