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Sioux City Journal siouxcityjournal.com 24 Jan, 2023 15:30 am

Jesse James, a 'haunted' house and 'retreat for robbers' all part of Pries Lake's story

Jesse James, a 'haunted' house and 'retreat for robbers' all part of Pries Lake's story
Forget about first-hand accounts of Jesse James’ time in the Ponca Hills. But the stories about the James gang — fact and fiction — tie into Pries Lake.

But the stories about the James gang — fact and fiction — tie into Pries Lake, a summer resort in the hills, and a long-boarded up cave.The “Baton” farm was near Pries Lake, which was between present-day Canyon and Calhoun Roads northeast of the Alpine Inn.” Fritz Pries’ daughter, Ida, and her husband, Thor Jorgensen (1864-1916) bought Pries Lake in the early 1900s.” A fleeting proposition could have turned Pries Lake into the Coney Island of the Midwest.

They traded Pries Lake (now valued at $12,500) to F.To the northwest of Pries Lake was the cave, origin debatable.

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