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Potato Creek

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Topic Recreation
Image Source Photo by Ann Kuntz
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Time Period 20th Century
Image Date September, 2015
Keywords Potato Creek

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Historical Background Potato Creek State Park, which is three miles east of North Liberty on State Road. 4, became a reality on June 6, 1997, when the six-square mile area was formally dedicated. The park's 327-acre Worster Lake is named for Potato Creek's clever early supporter.

Native Americans once collected plants with potato-like roots on this area's creek banks. The early setter's English translation for that plant was "wild potato", hence the name "Potato" Creek.

Darcy Worster and fellow conservation club members first purposed a man-made reservoir on Potato Creek in the late 1930's. Their project was halted by WWII. Worster kept that dream alive by sending his hand-crafted insects to state officials to "bug" them about creating a park. His efforts succeeded when the area was designated to become a park in 1969.

In early 1990's an active resource program was started at the park with a goal to recreate conditions resembling those of the presettlement days of the early 1880's. Several areas are being restored to provide valuable habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife. Today more than a square mile of the park is covered by wetlands and Worster Lake. Native prairie is also being returned to the landscape. Other areas of the park are being allowed to grow into hardwood forests.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Brochure
Books & Videos "Southern St. Joseph County: Images of Modern America" by Franklin N. Shememan II; 2015

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Websites Department of Natural Resources - Potato Creek

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