These photos of Pat Simpson (right) and her mother, Lucille Stroud (left), were taken in the same place, approximately 20 years apart. The one of Pat was taken in the early 1940’s and the one of her mother was taken in the 1920’s. Both women are standing on top of Bartlett Dam, which formed the lake then known as Loch Lono. The large drain behind Lucille piped excess water underneath the dam and across the street to Osage Creek. Currently, Bartlett Dam can be seen in the empty lakebed at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary, so come see this piece of history before the lake is filled back up this fall!
Photo provided by Pat Simpson.