Baw Beese Lake
According to early Hillsdale histories, this lake was named for Baw Beese, the leader of the Potawatomi band that lived nearby when hunting and fishing in the area. Non-Natives who began to live here in the early nineteenth century described Baw Beese as "generous and friendly." In 1840 Baw Beese and his people were forced to move to Iowa and then Kansas, under the terms of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The area soon became a popular picnic, fishing and swimming spot for settlers and their descendants. In 1892 the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad built a resort on the lake's northern shore. It featured a boathouse, lunch counter, dance pavilion, hotel, docks, picnic areas and a toboggan run. Excursion trains from nearby cities brought visitors to the resort's gates. In 1915 the resort closed, and the building were dismantled.