Buckeye Beach can refer to a collection of cottages on New Street or the beach itself, which was well developed with a boat launch and, according to an Aug. 11, 1924, story in the Geneva Free Press, diving platform into the lake.
According to the story, George Wright of Pittsburg was fighting for his life some two weeks after being injured while diving into the lake from tower. As Wright sprang from the board, he noticed a log floating in the lake directly below him. He turned himself in the air, hoping to miss the log. Rather, his back hit the water and the back of his head came down on the log.
His injury lead to spinal meningitis.
That same edition reported a near drowning at Buckeye Beach. A girl and male companion ventured beyond the diving board into deeper water, when she was sucked into the undertow. The girl went down and came back up three times; only one of the men in the area, Roy Denholm, went to her rescue. He pulled her up by her hair and lifted her into a canoe that had been paddled to the near-drowning site. The canoe was beached and the girl, Ruth Heckleson of Pittsburg, was resuscitated.