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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lake County, Indiana

 
Clickable Map of Lake County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Lake County, IN (40) Jasper County, IN (15) Newton County, IN (2) Porter County, IN (35) Cook County, IL (400) Kankakee County, IL (16) Will County, IL (119)  LakeCounty(40) Lake County (40)  JasperCounty(15) Jasper County (15)  NewtonCounty(2) Newton County (2)  PorterCounty(35) Porter County (35)  CookCountyIllinois(400) Cook County (400)  KankakeeCounty(16) Kankakee County (16)  WillCounty(119) Will County (119)
Crown Point is the county seat for Lake County
Adjacent to Lake County, Indiana
      Jasper County (15)  
      Newton County (2)  
      Porter County (35)  
      Cook County, Illinois (400)  
      Kankakee County, Illinois (16)  
      Will County, Illinois (119)  
 
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1Indiana, Lake County, Crown Point — The Old Lake County Courthouse, 1878
The Old Courthouse has been, since its erection in 1878, a landmark in Lake County, Indiana. Construction of the central portion, including the clock tower, began with 500,000 hand-kilned bricks from the Henry Wise Brickyard in Crown Point, . . . Map (db m27806) HM
2Indiana, Lake County, Crown Point — W.W.II Triangle Memorial
Dedicated by the citizens of Crown Point in memory of all who served their Country that Freedom shall not perish from this EarthMap (db m43408) HM
3Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — Sauk (Sak) Trail
Pioneer Indian trail originally connecting Rock Island and Detroit. Indians and early settlers traversed this route including Black Hawk (1767-1838), Chief of the Sauk Indians. Trail now alternates between US 30 and 330 across Lake County.Map (db m204911) HM
4Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — The Ideal Section Of The Lincoln Highway — "The finest section of road in the world"
A model stretch of object-lesson road built by the Lincoln Highway Association with the co-operation and financial aid of the federal government, the State of Indiana, and Lake County, Indiana, with funds contributed by the United States . . . Map (db m213120) HM
5Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — The Lincoln Highway — Ideal Section & Monument
Ideal Section During the first few years of its existence, the Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) worked feverishly to promote the idea of a transcontinental highway. The excitement and enthusiasm of Americans for better roads became well . . . Map (db m213124) HM
6Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — 45.1996.2 — The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section" — Approximate Western-extent of the "Ideal Section"
The Lincoln Highway. United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." . . . Map (db m213119) HM
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7Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Atty. Hall's Historic Patriotic Peace Flower and Rose Gardens and Mini-Forest Preserve — "The Wisdom of Love"
U.S. Representative Katie Hall, standing second from left, witnesses along with other national dignitaries as Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America, signs federal legislation establishing a national holiday honoring the . . . Map (db m203840) HM
8Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 45.2019.2 — City Church
Front Side In the early 1900s, immigrants, white migrants, and black southerners came to Gary for work in the steel industry. Rev. William G. Seaman founded City Church downtown in 1926 to serve as a Christianizing influence on the diverse . . . Map (db m200385) HM
9Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Elbert H. Gary — 1846 - 1927
Lawyer • Industrialist • Benefactor Founder in 1906 of the City of GaryMap (db m202583) HM
10Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 45.2014.1 — Froebel School
Froebel opened here, 1912, as many European immigrants and southern blacks moved to Gary for jobs in steel mills. An experiment in progressive education, it served students of diverse backgrounds and the local community. Despite early status as . . . Map (db m200372) HM
11Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 94001354 — Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium — National Register of Historic Places
This is to certify that Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on the 25th day of November 1994 by the United States Department of the Interior in cooperation with the Indiana Department . . . Map (db m200615) HM
12Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 79000021 — Gary Land Company Building — Built in 1906
This house was the first permanent structure built in Gary, and was the home of Gary's first town hall, polling place, post office, and high school.  In 1981 the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and restored in 1982 to . . . Map (db m200776) HM
13Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 45.2020.1 — Gary Roosevelt High School
Front Side As Gary grew in the early 1900s, African American students were segregated within white schools or overcrowded into small, separate schools. To compensate, officials transferred some Black students to Emerson High School in . . . Map (db m200382) HM
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14Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus / 1918 Circus Train Wreck
The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, organized in 1907, became one of the largest and most recognized shows to tour the united States. Resembling a small city, by 1918, it featured over twenty tents, 1000 workers and . . . Map (db m211726) HM
15Indiana, Lake County, Gary — History of Marquette Park — 100th Anniversary of Marquette Park, 1919-2019
In 13,000 BC the shoreline of Lake Michigan was several miles south of this marker, at what is now Ridge Road. As the lake receded over the centuries the shoreline inched north to where you are standing. In 1675 Jesuit explorer Father Marquette . . . Map (db m202634) HM
16Indiana, Lake County, Gary — In Memory Of All American Veterans
This Memorial Honors American Veterans Of All Wars Who Have Shared A Common Goal - To Valiantly Protect Our Country's Freedom. The Memory Of Their Heroism, Sacrifice, Loyalty, and Valor Will Live On Whenever And Wherever Democracy Exists.Map (db m200607) WM
17Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Jacques Marquette — Born 1637 - Died 1675
A French Jesuit Priest. One of the earliest Christian teachers of the American Indians landed here AD 1673 in company with the French explorer Louis Joliet.Map (db m202716) HM
18Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Marquette Pavilion — Timeless Space for the Community
Marquette Pavilion, built in 1924, is an example of prairie-style architecture. Can you find these features that are emblematic of this style? • Strong geometry and massing • Horizontal and vertical lines • Brick or stucco exteriors . . . Map (db m203339) HM
19Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Michael Jackson Place of Birth
In Loving Memory Of Michael J. Jackson (1958 - 2009) "You gave us a lifetime of love" The Jackson Family Parents: Joseph & Katherine Brothers: Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, Tito Sisters: Janet, LaToya, Rebbie . . . Map (db m200431) HM
20Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Octave Chanute and Associates — National Soaring Museum
Octave Chanute arrived at Miller Beach, Gary, Indiana on June 22, 1896 to perform gliding flight experiments in the dunes just west of this site. Over 700 successful flights provided him with significant aerodynamic data. Chanute willingly . . . Map (db m200610) HM
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21Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Patterson Island — Bridging Nature + History
For decades people have enjoyed strolling the bridges to Patterson Island. The small island located in the Grand Calumet Lagoon was enhanced for access during the Great Depression through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). . . . Map (db m202635) WM
22Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 45.2019.1 — Rep. Katie Hall (1938-2012) / Origin of Dr. MLK Day Law
Representative Katie Hall (1938-2012). Democratic leader Katie Hall was born in rural Mississippi and moved to Indiana in 1960. She taught in Gary before serving in the Indiana General Assembly, 1974-82. Hall became the first African . . . Map (db m202661) HM
23Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Richard Gordon Hatcher — Gary Mayor 1968-1988
In 1967, Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher became the first elected African American mayor of a major US city. A civil rights luminary, Mayor Hatcher served as advisor to Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter on issues of civil rights and urban . . . Map (db m202079) HM
24Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Shipwreck Archeology - The Mystery of "Unknown 5 and 6"
Of the estimated 1,500 shipwrecks in Lake Michigan, there are 14(*) within Indiana waters. Two lie offshore of Gary. They are identified only as "Unknown 5" and "Unknown 6." "Unknown 5 and 6" have been identified by archeologists as barges . . . Map (db m202637) HM
25Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Southern Point of Lake Michigan
World's largest freshwater sand dunes in the world line the southern shores of Lake Michigan. 5th largest lake in the world and largest lake in Indiana. Over 3,500 ships and planes lay at the bottom of Lake Michigan. You are . . . Map (db m202587) HM
26Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 45.1976.1 — St. John's Lutheran Church — Tolleston
St. John's Church, the oldest surviving institution in Gary and north of the Little Calumet River, began with the work of the Rev. Henry Wunder in the early 1860's. He regularly came from Chicago by horse and buggy. Baptism records date from 1863; . . . Map (db m200365) HM
27Indiana, Lake County, Gary — 45.2014.2 — Stewart Settlement House
Stewart House was organized during depression of 1921 to provide social services for Gary’s black community. A vital neighborhood center for unemployed WWI veterans and southern blacks who migrated for jobs in steel mills, it helped thousands . . . Map (db m200378) HM
28Indiana, Lake County, Gary — The Gary Union Station
Built in 1910, just four years after the city was founded, the station is located between the elevated lines of the Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads. The station transported the thousands of workers who came from around the country to work in . . . Map (db m202207) HM
29Indiana, Lake County, Gary — Tuskegee Airmen Remembered
In 1941 the American military did not want the Tuskegee Airmen to fly. By May 8, 1945, the end of World War II in Europe, only the Nazis felt that way. The heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen led to President Truman's 1948 order ending racial . . . Map (db m200614) HM WM
30Indiana, Lake County, Griffith — 03000980 — Elgin, Joliet, & Eastern Railway Interlocking Tower — (Marker on the left of 2)
The EJ&E interlocking tower stood as a sentinel for more than 75 years, controlling rail and automotive traffic on Broad Street. Improvements in technology and the development of satellites replaced the need for such a building and it was phased . . . Map (db m200787) HM
31Indiana, Lake County, Griffith — 03000985 — Griffith's Grand Trunk Depot Museum — (Marker on the right of 2)
This small Grand Trunk combination depot was one of three railroad stations that once stood in Griffith. Eleven tracks then crossed Broad Street, representing five railroads - the Michigan Central, the Grand Trunk, the Erie, the Elgin, Joliet and . . . Map (db m200793) HM
32Indiana, Lake County, Highland — 45.1992.1 — Dutch in the Calumet Region
Dutch immigrants after 1850 began moving to this area because of its similarities to their homeland. They helped to locate ditches to drain water from the extensive marshes, leaving rich land to expand successful horticultural activities.Map (db m64160) HM
33Indiana, Lake County, Hobart — Hobart (Indiana) Patriotic Honor Rolls — The Spirit of the American Doughboy —
( Top Plaque - Front of Monument ) For God • • •• (- - - - Crest - - - - ) •• • • And Country •• (- - - - - US - - - - -) •• 1917 - 1918 •• (American Legion) •• 1941 - 1945 In loving memory of our War Dead ( Row One ) . . . Map (db m62592) WM
34Indiana, Lake County, Lake Station — Potawatomi Trail
Here, the Potawatomi Indian Trail, a southern branch of the old, historic Ft. Wayne - Ft. Dearborn Trail, proceeded in a southwesterly direction through old Lake Station (East Gary), Liverpool, and on past the Indian ceremonial grounds at . . . Map (db m202721) HM
35Indiana, Lake County, Merrillville — 45.1949.1 — First Physician
Henry D. Palmer, M.D. (1809-1877) located at this site in 1836. First physician in Lake County, he was also counselor to the pioneers for 40 years and member of the underground railroad aiding escaped slaves.Map (db m27716) HM
36Indiana, Lake County, Merrillville — 45.1966.1 — Great Sauk (Sac) Trail — (east-west through this point) — Reported missing
Part of a transcontinental trail used by prehistoric peoples of North America, it passed through modern Detroit, Rock Island and Davenport in the Midwest. The trail was important into the 19th century.Map (db m204970) HM
37Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — Lincoln Highway - Ideal Section - 1923 — Prototype of construction technology intended to make it the finest road in the world
The "Ideal Section," a portion of the Lincoln Highway (US 30), was a prototype of construction technology intended to make it the finest road in the world. The section begins one half mile west of US 41 and extends 1.3 miles westward to Bank . . . Map (db m213121) HM
38Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — 45.1995.1 — St. John Township School District #2
Built, 1853, approximately one half mile south; closed, 1907; moved to this site and restored for educational and community uses, 1993-1994. One of twelve St. John Township schools; structure typical of early one-room school buildings in Indiana.Map (db m64172) HM
39Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — The Lincoln Highway — America's first transcontinental highway passed 137 feet south of this spot
This plaque is dedicated to the history of America's first transcontinental highway, which passed 137 feet south of this spot. A section of Macadam is displayed in the sidewalk. The highway in the Schererville area followed the Sauk . . . Map (db m204887) HM
40Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — 45.1996.1 — The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section" — Approximate Eastern-extent of the 1.5 mile long "Ideal Section"
The Lincoln Highway. United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." . . . Map (db m213118) HM
 
 
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Feb. 7, 2023