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Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake

Address: 26XX Lake Shore Drive
City: Niles
State: MI
Zip: 49120
County: Cass
Number of visits to this page: 509
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Barron Lake was developed starting in the 1800's. The Avalon was built by the Reid family in the 1930's. The area was serviced by the railroad at that time. It attracted people from the Tri-State area and was advertised heavily in the Indiana papers. At one point, there was a hotel and several cottages built nearby. The ballroom featured many popular big bands including Skinnay Ennis, Horace Henderson, Charlie Agnew, Charlie Teagarden among many others. See the ads below on those. The ballroom was famous for it's New Years Eve celebrations.

By the 1950's, musical tastes had changed and attendance began to decline. The ballroom eventually closed and the building was used as an antique auction and other businesses over the years. It fell into such disrepair it was demolished in 1998. The location is now an empty lot amongst residential homes on the lake. Only the old-timers remember the place now. You would never know it was there looking at the current site.

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Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - POST CARD VIEW FROM THE HEYDAY
POST CARD VIEW FROM THE HEYDAY
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - ONCE A YAMAHA DEALER
ONCE A YAMAHA DEALER
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 04 MAR 1998 DEMOLISHED
04 MAR 1998 DEMOLISHED
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 1950'S AERIAL PHOTO
1950'S AERIAL PHOTO
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - NOW AN EMPTY LOT
NOW AN EMPTY LOT
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - NOW AN EMPTY LOT
NOW AN EMPTY LOT
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 06 JUN 1948 ARTICLE
06 JUN 1948 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 09 JUN 1939 ARTICLE
09 JUN 1939 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 10 JUN 1960 ARTICLE
10 JUN 1960 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 13 AUG 1941 ARTICLE
13 AUG 1941 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 13 JUN 1941
13 JUN 1941
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 20 FEB 1977 ARTICLE
20 FEB 1977 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 21 MAY 1937 ARTICLE
21 MAY 1937 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 22 JUN 1940 ARTICLE
22 JUN 1940 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 24 MAY 1949 ARTICLE
24 MAY 1949 ARTICLE
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 27 DEC 1951 AD
27 DEC 1951 AD
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - NOV 5 1954 AD
NOV 5 1954 AD
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE TUE MAR 3 1998
THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE TUE MAR 3 1998
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