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Johnson's Rustic Dance Palace (Johnson's Rustic Resort, Krause's Hotel) - Prudenville MI

Address: 1681 W. Houghton Lake Drive
City: Prudenville
State: MI
Zip: 48629
County: Roscommon
Number of visits to this page: 8878
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Update 6/23/2024 from Unknown: My grandfather was in a band called "Billy Murray and his Vermonters". His name was Leo "Red" Boisvert. They played here in 1928 & the photo is in the scrapbook of his travels. Here is a picture from 1928 photo of the Rustic Dance Palace.

Johnson's Rustic Resort goes back to 1925 and was operated by Earl and Delores Johnson. It was a vast parcel of 1500 acres on Houghton Lake that included 20 furnished cabins, a log hotel, a dance hall, saddle horses, shuffleboard, fishing, golfing, tennis, badminton, table tennis, playground, swimming, and boating. The place was later expanded to include a 54 unit motel. There was a tavern and restaurant also.

Over the years, the resort continued to change and it operated under different names and owners. The Johnson's sold in 1970. Eventually Randy Krause bought the hotel portion in 1993. By then, it was getting hard to keep the place going financially due to the maintenance costs and decreased revenue. It was sold in 2013.

Fortunately, the old dance hall still stands and is now Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse. The plot where this place stood confuses me a bit as the dance hall is on a lot that is not on the lake but much of this place was. So, I will assume the land across the road from the dance hall was once part of the original 1500 acre facility.

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Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - 1937 Photo
1937 Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Now Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse
Now Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - 2019 Street View
2019 Street View
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Dining Hall At The Resort
Dining Hall At The Resort
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Vintage Aerial Photo
Vintage Aerial Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Postcard Photo
Postcard Photo
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Rustic Dance Palace 1928
Rustic Dance Palace 1928
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Matchbook
Matchbook
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Brochure
Brochure
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - April 21 2013 Article
April 21 2013 Article
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Aug 1970 Earl Johnson Sells
Aug 1970 Earl Johnson Sells
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Brochure
Brochure
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - June 1934 Ad
June 1934 Ad
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - June 30 1927 Article
June 30 1927 Article
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - May 1940 Ad
May 1940 Ad
Johnsons Rustic Dance Palace (Johnsons Rustic Resort, Krauses Hotel) - Oct 1991 Former Owner Passes Away
Oct 1991 Former Owner Passes Away
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