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Founded in 1811, French Lick was originally a French Trading Post. The town has an interesting and varied history. The name of French Lick was given to the town because of the sulfur springs which has been exploited for its medical values.
During the gangster era of the early 20th century, it became famous as a hang out of John Dillinger noted Chicago gangster. With the opening of the casinos, such personalities as Joe Louis, Irving Berlin and Al Capone.
Pluto Water, a well-known laxative was bottled here There was also a bottling facility for 7 UP.
Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his intention to run for president during a National Governor’s Convention held at French Lick Springs.
During World War 2, the Chicago White Sox held spring training here as travel was restricted to an area east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio River.
Probably the most famous resident was Larry Bird, who attended Spring’s Valley High School here in French Lick, before his college days at Indiana State in Terre Haute, and his stellar professional career with the Boston Celtics!
With the Hotel still open, a nearby golf course and stunning timeshares on the premises, French Lick today still remains a premier vacation spot for anyone wanting to get away from it all!
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Remembering a simpler time, a time when neighbor knew neighbor and people helped each other.I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.
Financially, times were hard , my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. We , along with my brother , who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state.