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Howe in LaGrange County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gene Stratton-Porter Travel Plaza

 
 
Marker Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 12, 2022
1. Marker Panel 1
Inscription.  
Gene Stratton-Porter was Indiana's most widely read female author who delighted millions of readers. An ardent conservationist, Porter used her fame to support preservation of wetlands all across Indiana. Her photography and writing was published nationally.

"I write as the birds sing, because I must, and usually from the same source of inspiration."

Porter worked with studios on adapting her novels into film. Later to have greater control of the creative process, Porter became one of the first women to form a movie studio and a production company.

"If you are lazy, and accept your lot, you may live in it. If you are willing to work, you can write your name anywhere you choose.”

Born on a farm in Wabash County Indiana in 1863, Geneva Grace Stratton was the youngest of 12 children. After marriage, Gene moved and built a home called “Limberlost Cabin" after the nearby swamp where Stratton-Porter liked to photograph and explore. This time in her life was the inspiration for her novel, A Girl of the Limberlost, and was adapted four times
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentEnvironmentIndustry & CommerceWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 41° 44.713′ N, 85° 19.768′ W. Marker is in Howe, Indiana, in LaGrange County. Marker is on Interstate 80/90 east of State Route 9, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the front wall of the Gene Stratton-Porter Travel Plaza - Eastbound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Howe IN 46746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Lima Civil War Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Site of First LaGrange County Courthouse and Jail 1833 - 1843 (approx. 5 miles away); Samuel Porter Williams (approx. 5.1 miles away); Sturgis Prairie (approx. 5˝ miles away in Michigan); Free Church Park (approx. 5.9 miles away in Michigan); 100 E. Chicago (approx. 5.9 miles away in Michigan); 100 - 102 W. Chicago (approx. 5.9 miles away in Michigan); 101 W. Chicago Rd. (approx. 5.9 miles away in Michigan). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Howe.
 
Marker Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 12, 2022
2. Marker Panel 2
Marker Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 12, 2022
3. Marker Panel 3
Gene Stratton-Porter Travel Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 12, 2022
4. Gene Stratton-Porter Travel Plaza Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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