Downtown Gary: Millrats, Politics & US Steel
Before the era of gigantic shopping malls, big-box stores, and online shopping, the commercial centers of major American cities were located in areas often referred to as downtown. In blue-collar industrial cities such as Gary, Indiana, downtown was the social, cultural, and political center of the community. From the 1920s through the 1960s, people from throughout the Calumet Region flocked to the Steel City's popular stores, theaters, and restaurants by car, bus, and the South Shore Railroad. For many, Gordon's, Lytton's, Sears, and Goldblatt's bring back memories of window-shopping, making layaway plans, visiting Santa, and being asked "May I help you?" by courteous employees. Downtown Gary: Millrats, Politics, and US Steel provides a glimpse not only at the stores of yesteryear but also the politics, churches, schools, and of course, United States Steel Corporation and the millrats.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467103145
: Arcadia Publishing
: 04/29/2019
: Indiana
: Images of America
: 223 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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This is the fifth book written by John C. Trafny about Gary, Indiana. John was born and raised in Gary and graduated from Emerson High School in 1968. The former steelworker and US Army veteran is now a lecturer at Purdue University. His sister and coauthor, Diane F. Trafny, was born on Gary’s East Side and graduated from Andrean High School and Indiana University. She and her husband, Douglas Greenwood, reside in Griffith, Indiana.
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