William Bowles as a health resort to take advantage of the natural sulphur springs and mineral water. The original hotel burned down in but was rebuilt on a grander scale by Thomas Taggart, the mayor of Indianapolis and later a U. The Monon Railroad built a spur directly to the hotel grounds with daily passenger service to Chicago. Casino gambling, although illegal, flourished at the resort.
The Life and Death of Lee Sinclair. Dateline: September 7, Sinclair saw that it could be a money-maker if taken from a country inn and reshaped into a holiday resort. With his goals firmly in place, Sinclair began the rapid expansion of creating an American icon.