Northwest Indiana District Church of the Nazarene
former Campground

North of San Pierre, Indiana (May, 2002)

New! Aerial Photos of the former Campground (August, 2005)

The Northwest Indiana District of the Church of the Nazarene purchased a former oil pumping stop called Lomax Station in the late 1940s for use as a campground.  The property was sold in the late 1960s, and through an additional change of ownership, was renamed the "Lomax Retreat."  The property is again for sale according to information from the owner I received during the visit I made with a friend to take these photographs.
(Note:  I do not have any current information on the status of this property.  I used to have a link to some sales information here, but the link is not active as of right now. 8/05)

I believe the information on this page is accurate.  If you have different recollections (or if you can add to this information) on this property, feel free to contact me by e-mail.  (The description of the buildings is from campground days.)

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diningouts.jpg (79271 bytes)

Dining Hall from the south

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Dining hall from the northwest

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Dining hall from the north

diningint.jpg (57316 bytes)

Dining hall interior
(this has been partitioned off on the left, this picture
does not show the west wall of the building)

officeout.jpg (86353 bytes)

Office building
Between tabernacle on the left
and dining hall on the right

officeint.jpg (61971 bytes)

Office building interior

tabout.jpg (64691 bytes)

Tabernacle from the southeast

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Tabernacle from the southwest

tabint.jpg (61243 bytes)

Tabernacle interior

storeout.jpg (89806 bytes)

This was a storage building
(Since converted into a chapel,
and then apparently back into storage)

restroom.jpg (95961 bytes)

Restrooms north of tabernacle

dormslab.jpg (86414 bytes)

This concrete slab used to have a white
wooden dormitory on it

trestlebank.jpg (111232 bytes)

Abandoned railroad trestle across the
Kankakee River
(the river runs along the edge of the camp property;
the trestle would carry noisy trains across the river
all hours of the day and night, including during
evening campmeeting services)

trestleriver.jpg (86823 bytes)

Looking out over the river
from the trestle

trestlecamp.jpg (87710 bytes)

Looking back toward the campground
from the trestle

firering.jpg (108744 bytes)

Fire ring northwest of tabernacle,
southwest of restrooms

flagbase.jpg (116305 bytes)

The base for the flagpole still remains

fencepost.jpg (128104 bytes)

A fencepost and a bit of fencing marks
the old boundary between the campground
and the railroad
(The abandoned railbed is now the driveway
into the camp/retreat.  The former entrance
road coming west off of Toto Road no
longer exists.)

dormsw.jpg (102863 bytes)

Dormitories built by the church
(from the southwest, toward the dining hall)

dormeast.jpg (67229 bytes)

The dormitories from the east.
(The taller part with the wind sock is
a later addition after the church sold the property.)

caretaker.jpg (83463 bytes)

Caretaker's Home built by the church
(at the old entrance to the campground)


   

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