Indiana Dunes State Park

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Around 1915, this area was mostly wilderness, and stories often came from fishermen about a naked woman who would swim in the lake. She was said to be Alice Marble Gray, a hermit who lived along the beach. She was the daughter of a Chicago couple and was cultured and educated, but a broken heart and worsening eyesight made it hard for her to work, so she chose the life of a recluse. In 1920, a drifter named Paul Wilson moved in with Alice, but two years later when a burned and beaten man’s body was found on the beach, Wilson was suspected of the crime. He was let go, and he and Alice moved to Michigan City, Indiana, where they sold handmade furniture and Alice had two daughters. It is said that Wilson beat Alice, and as a result, Alice died in 1925. Legend has it that her ghostly form sometimes returns to the beach, nude and running on the sand or going for a swim.

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Indiana Dunes State Park
Gary, IN
United States

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41.6583169, -87.06264220000003
Porter County, Indiana
Nearest Towns:
Dune Acres, IN (1.3 mi.)
Porter, IN (3.0 mi.)
Chesterton, IN (3.3 mi.)
Burns Harbor, IN (4.3 mi.)
Beverly Shores, IN (5.0 mi.)
Town of Pines, IN (5.5 mi.)
Ogden Dunes, IN (7.1 mi.)
Portage, IN (8.2 mi.)
South Haven, IN (8.9 mi.)
Michigan City, IN (9.3 mi.)

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