Lost Hammond, Indiana

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In the heart of the calumet region, hardworking Hammond helped build America. Originally known as State Line Slaughterhouse, the city began as no more than a meatpacking plant for nearby Chicago. In time, the city grew, and at its industrial height, trains, chains, cigars, shirts, candy, nuts, player pianos, commercial wallpaper, concrete roof slabs, gutters, boilers, potato digging devices, screws and steel products poured from its many factories. Meanwhile, its many racetracks and casinos earned it the title of “Atlantic City on the Lake.” The city also nurtured Jean Shepherd of A Christmas Story fame and was even home to an early NFL team. Hammond-born journalist Joseph S. Pete explores bygone landmarks like Phil Smidt’s, Madura’s Danceland, the State Theatre, the Woodmar Mall and the W.B. Conkey factory, all of which now live only in legend.
ISBN: 9781467142861
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Indiana
Series: Lost
Images: 95
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Joseph S. Pete was born in Hammond and lived by the city for much of his life. He’s an award-winning journalist for the Times of Northwest Indiana, an Iraq War vet, an IU grad, the Northwest Indiana Literary Journal editor and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. His work has appeared in 150 literary journals, including Spirits, Dogzplot and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and in books like Indiana at 200 and Poets to Come: Walt Whitman’s Bicentennial. He never misses Festival of the Lakes.
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