Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Diana of the Dunes


Diana of the Dunes, Dunes State Park, near Gary, Indiana
Is a folklore legend about a woman who used to go skinny dipping at Dunes State Park in Indiana. She lived there in an abandoned cottage near the beach. She was nicknamed "Diana" after a Roman goddess. Her ghost is alleged to haunt the park's shores.

Alice Mabel Gray (1881–1925) was the woman on whom the "Diana of the Dunes" legend was based. Gray was a graduate of the University of Chicago, who found city life was not conducive to the advancement of an educated woman. In 1915, she moved to the dune country, in order to write and to live a simpler life. The only known photograph of her is held by the Chicago History Museum
Near Chesterton, Indiana, in the Indiana Dunes, there is a legend that fisherman around Lake Michigan would occasionally sight a naked woman swimming in the lake. The legend dates back to at least 1915, and goes on to say that a beautiful woman was living as a hermit ne...
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Diana of the Dunes, Dunes State Park, near Gary, Indiana 
Is a folklore legend about a woman who used to go skinny dipping at Dunes State Park in Indiana. She lived there in an abandoned cottage near the beach. She was nicknamed "Diana" after a Roman goddess. Her ghost is alleged to haunt the park's shores.

Alice Mabel Gray (1881–1925) was the woman on whom the "Diana of the Dunes" legend was based. Gray was a graduate of the University of Chicago, who found city life was not conducive to the advancement of an educated woman. In 1915, she moved to the dune country, in order to write and to live a simpler life. The only known photograph of her is held by the Chicago History Museum
Near Chesterton, Indiana, in the Indiana Dunes, there is a legend that fisherman around Lake Michigan would occasionally sight a naked woman swimming in the lake. The legend dates back to at least 1915, and goes on to say that a beautiful woman was living as a hermit near the lake. Because no one knew her name they began to refer to her as Dianne, because of her beauty. In actuality, she was Alice Mable Gray, the daughter of a wealthy Chicago family, who had come to live on the dunes after she began to lose her eyesight. She had grown up near the dunes, and sought to enjoy the remainder of her life there. In 1920 a man named Paul Wilson moved into the cabin with her. He was an unemployed Boatwright, and a suspected murderer. The two eventually married, but he began to treat her badly, and was abusive. She died shortly after the birth of their second child from being poisoned.

The local legend claims that Alice's ghost still returns to the beach at the dunes to relive her happier days. For decades there have been sightings of a naked ghostly looking woman running along the beach and disappearing into the lake. The legend is commonly referred to as Diana of the Dunes. The story is commemorated in an annual Diana of the Dunes Festival and Pageant