Yankee Lake was a man-made lake, first known as Lingamore Lake, then renamed to match the name of the creek which was dammed to create it. Ernest Houston Stewart and John Jurko purchased land around the creek and opened a dance hall in 1928. It became a regular stop for acts during the Big Band era including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. Famous gangsters of the era like John Dillenger may have even visited the ballroom. The popular swimming lake was drained in 1979. Yankee Lake has been reinvented now hosting bike nights and truck nights!