Ballard properties, "Hoosier Pride" P
llUlwVlt 1UIU1VK In 1W1 Hie Virginia (Jencrai Annem- Annem- ' Wy chnrtereil the town of Clnrknvllln In HOOS BR PRIDE assail? - corporation, nlthniiBh It han been mimy ycarnolnco nny ntlcmpt haa licen ma-io ma-io ma-io French Lick and West Baden Valley Continues to6roW in Importance. ' HEALTH FAME EXTENSIVE Names of Taggart, Ballard and Others Others Linked With Charming Charming History. Famed throughout the world ns a health resort tho French Lick-Wont Lick-Wont Lick-Wont Baden valley is growing in Importanco. For moro than a half century Us healing healing and invigorating waters havo given it renown. In a small way It wan a health resort as early as tho civil war. Thousand of people of the older generation generation can recall Journeying to French Lick Springs and Went Baden by stage coach from tho nearest railroad stations. stations. . , Kven In the early days when Indiana began to tnko form as a leading Btato French Mck and West Baden wero reaching out for public attention. Within the last few years a magic touch has hem applied to this locality by public-spirited public-spirited public-spirited men tlko former United .states Senator Thomas Tag-part, Tag-part, Tag-part, Edward Ballard and a fow others who havo Invested largo fortunes thero and who havo been particularly actlvo In its development. Within tho last two yearn Pluto water has been exported to Europe for lino of the American Kxpeditlonary Forces. It hns been exported to South America, Cuba, and other foreign countries for a numhor of years; thero-by thero-by thero-by extending the fame of the springs nero an nciping to nuveriiao mo hi.h of Indiana. Thousands of people visit AVcst Baden and French Lick annually, not only for health but for rest. There Is, In fact, no more beautiful or more nlcturesciuo snot In Indiana than tho French Lick-West Lick-West Lick-West Baden valley. For that mutter it would bo dlfilcult to He lect a more beautiful point in the Ohio or Mississippi valleys. Hotels Big Factor. Tho hotels operated hero by Mr. Taggart Taggart and at West Baden by Mr. Ballard Ballard havo done wonders at transforming transforming this valley into one of the world's famous resorta. Tho hotel properties In the valley aro valued at millions of dolmrH. They aro beautiful bulldlnus, equipped In tho most modern manner and surrounded with beautiful woodod hills. The little valley iteelf Is tho homo of several thoiiBand people, tho two towns, French Lick and West Baden being centers of a rival friendly Interest. Mr. Taggart became a prominent factor In tho vnlloy Bovoral years ago. Mr. Ballard Is a native of tho county and him spent most of his life here, being being Identified for a number of years with the big hotel at Wont Baden owned nnd operated by tho Sinclair estate. Tho Big Sinclair Hotel was taken over nearly a year ago by tho government and converted into a hospital for soldiers soldiers seriously injured in tho battles on tho western front in Europe. Slneu then several hundred soldiers have been sent to West Baden and the big Vitol there will bo used ns a hosplta1 until Sopt. 1 this year, If not longer. ' Tho French Lick Springs Hotel, owned and operated by Mr. Taggart, Is ono of tho wonder places of tho kind in America. It haa a capacity for entertainment entertainment of 800 guests, who come from all parts of America. Thomas TagKart jr. has been tho manager of tho hotel property for tho last two or throe years. It 1b a big, brick, lire-proof lire-proof lire-proof structuro set upon a hillside with a beautiful forest as its background and with fine gardens of flowers In front. It has been a favorite resort with thousands of people from New York, Chicago. St. Iou Irt, Indianapolis and other cities for many ycarH. In connection with tho hotel Mr. Tnggnrt has it large bottling house at which concentrated Pluto is bottled and distributed distributed throughout tho world. Huge Farm at Hand. Mr. Taggart has a farm of nearly 3,000 acres In connection with his hotel properties. Ho ralsefi garden products for his hotel. He ban a magnificent magnificent dairy of Holsteln cattlo to provide provide milk for tho hotel, ire haH two sporty elghtcen-holu elghtcen-holu elghtcen-holu golf courses and a nine-hole nine-hole nine-hole course, Ono elghtecn-hole elghtecn-hole elghtecn-hole course was completed several years ago and Is well known to thousands or golfers. Ho has completed another nlghteen-holo- nlghteen-holo- nlghteen-holo- nlghteen-holo- course on tho hills near tho hotel. This courso I regarded as one of the sportiest In America. The town of French Lick is it mod-orn mod-orn mod-orn littlo place. It has Bovoral small hotels. It has nix churches, splendid schools, a number of good stores, well paved streets, a bank, electric lights, telephones, water works, cafes, moving-picture moving-picture moving-picture moving-picture theaters and many beautiful and comfortablo homes. It Is well located located for health and drainage. Connecting French Lick and West Tlndcti thorn la a trolley line. Thero aro well built roads In the valley leading leading In nnd out and connecting tho two towns. There are two railroads, the Southern and thn Monon, connecting West Badon and French Lick with tho main lines and giving them tlrst-rato tlrst-rato tlrst-rato transportation facilities. Tho farmers aro nolo to dispose of a largo amount of their products to the hotels and tho hills surrounding tho valley havo an abundance of lino ash, oak, poplar and sycainoro timber. Owns Two Hotels. Mr. Ballard owns two first-class first-class first-class hotels, hotels, tho Homestead and tho Colonial. Tho Homestead Is a fine, fireproof brick building In tho center of West Badon end is open tho year round. It in ti wrainrn institution and has ac commodations for a largo number of guests. It features Its baths, which are under tho management of Dr. C. F. Arthur, who also manages tho hotel. Tho baths at the Homestead are known throughout thn country. Mr. Ballard's other hotel, tho Colonial, Is located about midway between French Lick nnd West Baden and Is a comfortablo place. Mr. Ballard also haa a beautiful homo almost half way between French Lick and West Baden and ho haa largo farming Interests In and about tho val-loy. val-loy. val-loy. West Baden, like French Lick, has paved Btreets, electric lights, nice stores, good churches nnd Is a modern modern nnd healthy littlo place to live. It is a good trading center for that part, of the Btato. Both French Lick and West Badon havo their own newspapers. newspapers. West Badon has a modern flour mill nnd French Lick a canning factory. factory. A short distance from tho two towns world famous whetstones aro made. Tho valley not only is rich In scenic beauty but in stories of stirring interest of tho early daya of tho stato. West Baden and French Lick arc about 125 miles from Indianapolis nnu about that distance from Cincinnati. They nro about fifty miles from Louisville Louisville nnd about 2fi0 from Chicago. In tho busy seasons of the spring and fall special sleeping and parlor cars aro run from New York, Chicago and other cities to these health restoring resorts. LEADS STATE IN TOBACCO. Speaking of southern Indiana, Spencer Spencer County reaches ns far south as any other county In the state. It contains about 410 square miles of land and leads all the other counties of tho state in tho production of tobacco. In addition, much corn is raised In tho rich bottom lands along tho Ohio River.