Lake Ripley Lodge
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History


Built in the early 1900’s, the lodge has been a favorite for many visitors including Charles Dawes. Dawes won the Nobel prize for his plan which brought an end to World War I. He served as Vice President under Calvin Coolidge and later was ambassador to England. When he wasn't serving his country, he was a successful businessman and songwriter. He published more than a dozen songs, the most famous of which is, "Many a Tear Has to Fall" (It's All In The Game)





                   

Dawes and his family enjoyed the view from the wrap around screened porch just as todays guests do. It is easy to imagine Dawes talking to local residents Ole Evinrude and Arthur Davidson. Evinrude could have been working on his invention, the outboard motor, while Davidson may have been trying to convince Evinrude that he and his partner William Harley believed the best use for that engine was powering a motorcycle. The Lake Ripley Lodge is the last of the great lodges on history rich Lake Ripley. The Lodge was constructed using local cedar for the floors and maple, pine and alder for the frame. The cedar floors remain to remind visitors of a by-gone era. The exterior is similar to the original with a commanding view of the lake and more than 100 feet of wrap around screened porch. The architectural style is similar to those built by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, including a wide screened veranda, multiple French doors to access the screened area and plentiful windows to let in the cool summer breeze and take in the view.


Today’s lodge has updated wiring, plumbing and has central air conditioning. Bring your computer, tablet or smartphone and access the Internet.


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