Welcome to Lake Country
If you have never been here, you are in for a real treat! Glacial formations during the last Ice Age formed the lush rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and fertile grounds that make up present-day Lake Country. Originally drawn to California via the railroad during the great Gold Rush, many emigrants from Ireland, Germany, Poland, and beyond found a familiar home here that laid the foundation for our present-day sprawling communities.
Lake Country is built on strong tradition, historic preservation, and a solid work ethic. It became the “Newport of the Midwest” in the 1800’s when wealthy visitors and industrialists, steamer trunks in-hand, boarded the newly-constructed railway to escape the heat and soot of Chicago and St. Louis. Many took the journey to summer by the shores our many lakes. Deluxe resorts and breweries began to speckle the landscape and Lake Country became the mecca of luxury living for “high society.” Ornate buildings and Victorian homes followed – some boasting an incredible 42 bedrooms, a widow’s peak, and flourishing private gardens overlooking the water.