The land on
which Castle Haven Cabins rests was originally homesteaded
by Daniel & Ellen Lind of Norway in 1902. Dan and his
brother Tom worked as commercial ﬁshermen on Lake Superior,
as Lind Bros. Fishing. He started the ﬁrst mail-order
frozen ﬁsh business in the area.
Dan and Ellen
raised a family of 11 children in the same house that stands
today. Two of their sons, Marcus and Edgar, took over the
commercial ﬁshing business, renamed as Lind Bros. Jr.,
and built the ﬁrst tourist cabin in 1933. Our resort catered
to those looking for relief from hay fever.
An early business card even says “In the Heart of the Hay
Many folks wonder how we got our name, Castle Haven
Cabins. In an interview with the Lake County News
Chronicle in the late 1970s, Mark said, “We built the ﬁrst
one in the spring of ’33.
We built all of ‘em by ourselves. In the summer times before
we had built the Castle Danger Church, this young
fella, his name was Fritchell Eide, would come ‘n teach
bible school for the kids. He’d always stay in that ﬁrst
cabin, watching the storms out there on the Lake, and he’d
say, ‘This is indeed a haven amidst the dangers of the
storms…’ So we named our cabins Castle Haven'.
Mark and Florence Lind were the second generation to start a
family on this land. They had 3 children: Dorothy, Dan and
Dwight. Dwight and Debbie Lind were the third generation to
continue the family business here at Castle Haven Cabins.
They raised three girls: Meredith and twins Courtney and
Jamie. Dwight and Debbie started their tenure in 1975 and
have now taken great pleasure in seeing the next generation
continue the family business with their daughter and son-in-
law, Jamie and Clint MacFarlane.
Up until 1994 Castle Haven was only a summer resort. That
all changed when Dwight started building our Year Round
cabins. Cabins 7 & 11 were the ﬁrst to be built, which
opened in April 1995. The original cabins were sold and
moved out to make room for the new ones. From that point on,
each spring brought a new cabin until Cabin 13 was ﬁnished
Clint and Jamie live in the original
home built by Dan and Ellen, although it was remodeled in
1935 by Mark and Florence and again in 1986 by Dwight and
Debbie. We are very proud to keep our long-standing family