Indian Lake Area
Historical Society

"The Way We Were"
Copyright 2003 | Joel Perry

The first Post Office to serve the Indian Lake, Ohio area was built on Orchard Island and operated from 1912 to 1926. This is a drawing of a photo taken about 1912. It is one of a set of 13 drawings by Joel Perry which have been made into note cards. They can be purchased from the ILAHS for $10
 plus $3 postage.

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The Sandy Beach Bridge Renovation Committee Breaks Ground - Sunday, October 27, 2013

from left - George Sholtis, Gary Alexander, Dan Weitz, Matt Arthur, Chris Morris, Barb Reed, Derek Gillespie, Scott Duff,
Noel Gonterman, John Bayliss, Meg Williams, Robin Reames, Jim Reed

To celebrate the achievement of a major fundraising milestone and also formally launch the Sandy Beach Bridge Renovation Project, the Indian Lake Area Historical Society (ILAHS), several key contributors, Sandy Beach committee members, local officials, contractors and supporters gathered on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Sandy Beach Bridge spanning at the Russells Point Harbor, to break ground on the first phase of the project. Construction of the walkway around the harbor, called “Harbor Walk,” has begun as well as renovation of the bridge in an area once called, ”Ohio’s Million Dollar Playground.” Once completed, the park-type facility will be accessible to the public for a variety of uses for many years to come. The renovation of the bridge and adjoining properties will be owned and maintained by the ILAHS, a 501 ( c ) (3), non-profit organization.  

Although a large portion of the funds needed have been collected to meet the project goal, additional funds are still needed to contract and finish the bridge, decking construction and to establish a fund for future maintenance. There are several options to get involved and/or make contributions to this exciting historical endeavor. Options include: Personalized sidewalk pavers, park benches with memorial plaques and cash contributions. All are immediately available.

Refer to the website to view different options and for additional information regarding the project.  Checks can be mailed to Indian Lake Area Historical Society; Bridge Fund, at P.O. Box 265, Russells Point, Ohio 43348-0265. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Don’t delay in helping the Historical Society and Sandy Beach Bridge Committee “bridge” the past into the future!

The committee extends a special “THANK YOU” to those who have already contributed and to those involved in helping bring this project to completion.

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here all of your life, we know you'll enjoy learning about the history of Ohio's Indian Lake. You are welcome to attend our meetings as well. 

If you have old pictures and stories, we'd love to hear from you. Click on the Programs tab on the left to find out about our meetings

Featured Project...

Bridging the Past Into the Future

The Indian Lake Area Historical Society, along with the Bill and Marjorie Reed family, have teamed up to restore the Sandy Beach Bridge over the harbor in Russells Point as a pedestrian bridge and community park.