Pat Simpson sunbathing on Bartlett Dam

This photo of Pat Simpson was taken in the 1940’s at Loch Lono in Cave Springs. The abundance of water in Cave Springs has always been a major draw to the small town, especially during the summertime when people were looking to escape the heat. At the time, Loch Lono was a swimming lake, and the dam that Pat is sitting on had ladders and diving platforms attached.

Pat tells us that visitors to Loch Lono would pay her a dime to climb to the top of a tower on the dam and jump off into the lake below.  What a hoot!

Photo provided by Pat Simpson.


Where’s your favorite summer swimming hole in the Illinois River Watershed?  Let us know in the comments below!