Crooked Lake's Best Friend

By Eric Olson

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Indiana--Walden Pond had Henry David Thoreau. Crooked Lake has Bob Lowden.

“My brother and I would get in the boat on Saturday morning and come back later in the afternoon,” Bob recalls, “and we’d explore the whole lake.”

Bobs ties to Cooked Lake go back generations, his grandfather built one of the first cabins on the lake, and bob grew up here swimming and boating and exploring. And he’s spent years collecting hundreds of Crooked Lake postcards…and chronicling the lakes history, talking to its oldest residents and collecting their stories…like the one about the two friends back in the 1940’s who made diving gear out of a bucket and air hose.

“They held the air hose up in the bucket while one went down and walked on the bottom of the lake and the other one stood on top with the bicycle air pump pumping air,” Bob recalls. Bob’s watched as his beloved lake was developed over the years, its once vacant shores now lined with homes. He’s on a mission to write a history of Crooked Lake to remind folks of how things were, and what misuse could destroy.

“My hope is that more people will get interested in understanding it early so that good changes take place and not just changes they’ve caused because it’s the way it’s been used or abused. There are ‘Lake People’, that comes from the heart and there are lakers….and lakers are users. Fortunately some lakers will become Lake People. Not all, but some will.”

Eric Olson reporting out in Your Country.

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