I live in Oregon but lived in Illinois growing up, and worked at Lake Minn, Cliff House summer of 1959, sophomore year in college. That beautiful landscape was a revelation to this flatland girl! Northern lights were visible that summer, only time I have seen them, and they were spectacular. Most of the wait staff were eastern college kids, except me from Illinois, another girl also from the University of Illinois and one boy from Ohio. Those east coast kids, going to reputable schools, asked me seriously whether we had to be afraid of the Indians in Illinois! And they were shocked when I had what was called a "sack dress" - the rage, at the time. They had evidently forgotten that some pretty wealthy people lived around Detroit and Chicago and were aware of fashion trends! There was a crevice in the earth that you could access by a rickety wood ladder, and generally the geography had a lot in common with the Paciic Northwest, as I later learned after moving west. It was a wonderful summer. I have some photos taken on the grounds. And I believe they used to photograph a cigarette commercial along a stream on the grounds where there were some rapids and small falls. At least when I saw the commercial I felt sure it was taken there. There was a deer in a pen in the hotel yard that summer, which seemed rather tame, one could feed it wild blueberries. Now I wonder how that could have been, but I didn't know from deer at that time - we had none in Illinois then - which is now overrun with them. I only learned last year that Grossingers, which was visible from the Cliff House tower, had closed, which prompted me to look up Lake Minnewaska. I am sad to see that it is gone, but pleased to see so many people loved it. I was told that the lake resulted from a volcano, which is like Crater Lake, tho much smaller, out here. I wonder whether that is true. At least that wonderful landscape has been save as a park. I hope to get back there again to visit in the near future.