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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: 175
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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 (newer photo)
POST CARD VIEW FROM THE HEYDAY (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - ONCE A YAMAHA DEALER (newer photo)
ONCE A YAMAHA DEALER (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 04 MAR 1998 DEMOLISHED (newer photo)
04 MAR 1998 DEMOLISHED (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 1950'S AERIAL PHOTO (newer photo)
1950'S AERIAL PHOTO (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - NOW AN EMPTY LOT (newer photo)
NOW AN EMPTY LOT (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - NOW AN EMPTY LOT (newer photo)
NOW AN EMPTY LOT (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 06 JUN 1948 ARTICLE (newer photo)
06 JUN 1948 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 09 JUN 1939 ARTICLE (newer photo)
09 JUN 1939 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 10 JUN 1960 ARTICLE (newer photo)
10 JUN 1960 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 13 AUG 1941 ARTICLE (newer photo)
13 AUG 1941 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 13 JUN 1941 (newer photo)
13 JUN 1941 (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 20 FEB 1977 ARTICLE (newer photo)
20 FEB 1977 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 21 MAY 1937 ARTICLE (newer photo)
21 MAY 1937 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 22 JUN 1940 ARTICLE (newer photo)
22 JUN 1940 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 24 MAY 1949 ARTICLE (newer photo)
24 MAY 1949 ARTICLE (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - 27 DEC 1951 AD (newer photo)
27 DEC 1951 AD (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - NOV 5 1954 AD (newer photo)
NOV 5 1954 AD (newer photo)
Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE TUE MAR 3 1998 (newer photo)
THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE TUE MAR 3 1998 (newer photo)
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