|The Sun Aura Nudist Resort opened in 1933. Back then it was called Club Zoro and its founder was Alois Knapp, a Chicago lawyer, German Nacktkulturist, editor of Sunshine and Health magazine, and "the father of nudism in America." |
The club eventually passed into the hands of Dale and Mary Drost. Their son, ****, had big ideas: he renamed the place Naked City, made it the home of the Ms. Nude Teeny Bopper Contest and the "Erin Go Bra-less" Dance on St. Patrick's Day, and had built the giant lady's leg sundial, 63 feet long and properly positioned to tell time -- a useful feature for wristwatchless nudists.
Naked City closed in 1986 when **** was run out of Indiana on child molestation charges, but the leg remains and so does the resort, now under new management. The circular main building with the mirror gold windows is a combination office-sauna-restaurant.
The guy who paints the leg told us that Sun Aura is a "clothing optional" camp -- in other words, you don't have to get nude to take a picture of the big lady's leg. But for those who do choose to get into the spirit of things, a helpful sign on the exit road reads, "Stop. You Must Be Dressed Beyond This Point."