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National Register of Historic Places Program
Weekly Highlight: Argos Izaak Walton League Historic District
Marshall County, Indiana

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

[photo] of highlighted property

This building of glacial stone and the surrounding 17 acres of fishing ponds and structures are a tribute to natural aesthetics, an idea important to the League who made this building their clubhouse. The Argos Izaak Walton League was established in 1929 in response to concern for the conservation of natural resources, fish and wildlife locally. This historic district and the club reflect the young conversation movement in the United States. The property served mainly as a fish hatchery and meeting hall for the organization. The organization’s mission was to conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water and other natural resources of the country. The League also worked toward educating the public on the importance of conservation.


The Clubhouse was constructed as a New Deal project between 1935 and 1937 with glacial stones in the Craftsman style. The League members chose the building materials – native field stone. Both the clubhouse and the storage building are contributing features to the historic district. The seven contributing structures on sites are stone gateway, two artesian wells, three stone picnic tables/benches, and a sluice, all dating to the New Deal construction period.

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