East Chicago

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Once an almost impenetrable landscape of dunes, marshes, and woodlands hugging the southern shore of Lake Michigan, the land comprising what would become East Chicago was a developer's dream for the emerging steel industry. Considered one of the country's ultimate melting pots, four out of five of its citizens hailed from other countries, each bringing their valued cultures and traditions to this thriving metropolis. The industrial jobs, requiring hard work and much grit, provided a way out of poverty, but the area also offered beautiful parks and mansions along the waterfront, as well as great schools, neighborhoods, and civic organizations. East Chicago had a sense of vitality and the essence that the American dream was available for all.
ISBN: 9781467115001
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 222
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Jane Ammeson was born and raised in East Chicago. She has written numerous history books, including Holiday World, Miller Beach, and Brown County, as well as A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana. Evan Ammeson has a degree in communications from Holy Cross College and works in marketing and design. He lives in St. Joseph, Michigan. The images for this book come from a variety of public and personal collections, including Calumet Regional Archives, Indiana University Northwest; the East Chicago Public Library; Andy Prieboy; Steve Shook; and the authors' family collections.
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