Chautauqua, Illinois

The Frauenthal, King and Walhus families spent many summers at their cottages in this wonderful little summer resort on the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.  We ate across the street at Kentucky Home, went to the Community Sing and Movies in the open sided theater at night.  We had a balloon ascension on children's day and there was every type of sport imaginable.  It was kind of like a daily children's olympics with fencing, swimming, volleyball, tennis, horse shoes, roque, shuttleboard, fencing, softball, baseball, basketball, and bowling on the green.  I lived there from the late 40s to the late 50s.  - Paul Terry Walhus
auto entrance You had to have a guest pass or a season pass to get by the gate which was at the end of a long gravel road.
boardwalk entrance We had the dances on the pavilion at the end of the boardwalk which overlooked the pool
bridge entrance This is the boardwalk which led to the pool.  On left, gift store and the post office (not in view)
kentucky home is where we had dinner most evenings.  The iced tea was great and the meals were wonderful
lighthouse to the left you can catch a glimpse of the pavilion.  You can't see the boat docks, they have been built later.
lovers bridge This was the bridge over the creek, next to the roque courts I believe.
pavilion where we had dances and pool parties.  Dinky tracks to the right.
pool and bluff  Later there was a much larger pool built next to the pavilion and boardwalk
riverfront You can barely make out the lighthouse in the center of the picture
roque courts The town's favorite sport, old "Dixon" ruled these courts.  You played with a special heavy, croquet type mallet and heavy black balls.  Great but extinct sport.
shore and bluff
springfield ave bridge The Kings cottage was down Springfield Avenue.
springs hotel was a grand old building
station landing The "dinky" train stopped here and took us to neighboring Elsah and Grafton for shopping and laundry
sunset pavilion  Just as the name implies, a great place to watch the sun set over the Mississippi River.
tennis courts were placed around the middle of the town, there were two courts
woods memorial