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CHASE — The small town of Chase in southeast Lake County has quite a history. Being the location of the first county seat in the early 1870s, its glory days during the lumber boom were just beginning to dwindle when the town caught fire April 27, 1892, causing a great blow from which it never quite recovered.
Surrounded by towering hardwood forests, first settlers and proprietors saw opportunity, and mills began popping up to the west, north and south. In its heyday, Chase had a population of 2,000, and would soar to about 5,000 when the lumberjacks and mill workers would hit the town on weekends.