Alice Mable “Diana of the Dunes” <I>Gray</I> Wilson

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Alice Mable “Diana of the Dunes” Gray Wilson

  • Birth 25 Mar 1881 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 9 Feb 1925 Gary, Lake County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Gary, Lake County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 58755578

Alice Mabel Gray was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago.

In the fall of 1915, she moved to the sand dunes of northwest Indiana with only a jelly jar, knife and a spoon. The Chicago newspapers named her "Diana of the Dunes."

There was much newspaper publicity written about her while she was alive. She said she was married to Paul Wilson (Eisenblatter) and they lived together first in Westchester Twp, Porter County, Indiana and then they moved further west near Ogden Dunes.

She died in 1925 in her little remote shack in tne sand dunes after ten years of living there.

Her obituary was featured on page 1 of the Chicago Tribune with a picture and was printed in the New York Times. Many newspaper and magazines articles continued to be written about her after her death, often inaccurate.

For many years, there was a Diana of the Dunes Festival in Chesterton 1978-1998 (21 years).

Finally in 2010, a factual book was written about her: "Diana of the Dunes - The True Story of Alice Gray" authored by Janet Zenke Edwards.


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  • Created by: Eva Hopkins
  • Added: 16 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58755578
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Mable “Diana of the Dunes” Gray Wilson (25 Mar 1881–9 Feb 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58755578, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary, Lake County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Eva Hopkins (contributor 47159848) .