The Puppet Bar

Why is an old photo of “The Puppet Bar” on Stray Casts?


It’s a piece of history from the Fox Chain O’Lakes.

I was knocking around the Chain Sunday with Pat Harrison and his friend Jim Schaefer of JDSPINNERS Guide Service when Schaefer started talking about “The Puppet Bar.”

His parents (George and Audrey) ran Eagle Point Park on Pistakee Lake in Fox Lake when he was a kid. He explored the Chain with an Arkansas Traveler with a 9.5 hp Evinrude.

The place was known as “The Puppet Place” or “Puppet Bar” into the mid-80s. In those days, there was dozens of places like that, now long gone for houses and condos.

I didn’t remember it, but “The Puppet Bar” sounded fascinating. So the next day, Schaefer sent some extended memories:

Yes, the Real name was Eagle Point Park but many nicknamed it The Puppet Place or bar. There was a secret song on the juke and when people found it and it played, we would flip switches on a board behind the bar that would turn on over 60 hand made motorized puppets of all different sizes. They would dance, jump and do what ever they were designed to. Some Puppets were made up like the four Beatles, Emit Kelly (the clown) and others. A dancing rubber chicken that would drop from the ceiling and dance, pictures spinner on the wall, clocks would spin their hands as if time was flying etc. When the song ended, we would shut them all down and some would slowly disappear behind hand made curtains or rise into the ceiling. There was even a 6 foot tall human like Indian like a cigar store Indian and if you pulled his flap up a siren would go off.

There’s some strings of memories of the place on the message board of

Then Schaefer went one better and e-mailed the photo: “Dale you got me thinking and I dug through some old pictures. Here’s one from the bar in the mid/late 60’s. More puppets were added by the original owners before we bought it but this gives you some kind of idea what it looked like.”

I love this stuff.

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