Michigan City, Indiana

HISTORY to MYSTERY IN THE MICHIGAN CITY AREA

and a few silly links to keep you busy too.




ODDBALL LINKS
FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

On-line jigsaw puzzles. Many photos to choose, 9-247 pieces, and a multitude of various cuts to assemble. (go to "more")
JIGSAW

Wacky, unusual uses for commom household products. Do what??
WACKY IDEAS

Great site of the 50's-60's. Toe tapping music, commercials, ads, good fun.
OLDIES

NASA Picture Archive. Extremely nice official NASA photos.
NASA PHOTOS

Home of the obnoxious JoeCartoon series, including "MicroGerbil".
JOE CARTOON

Here's the ILLUSION that will make your skin crawl. Wild.
ILLUSION

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MIND READER

JOHN DILLINGER
The olden days of "cops and robbers" brings intriguing history to Michigan City, and the time when John Dillinger was Public Enemy # 1. The infamous bank robber of the early 1930's, Dillinger was once a guest at the State Prison here. Although properly released from the facility, several of his cohorts remained inside. Operating from the outside, Dillinger masterminded the greatest prison escape in the history of our nation, right here in Michigan City, when 10 inmates completed the plan and made it to freedom.
It was in Crown Point, Indiana, where Dillinger plotted and succeeded in his own escape from the "escape proof" jail, using the alleged "wooden gun". Discover an abundance of reading material on Dillinger and his gang, and a photo, by performing a simple search using DILLINGER +"MICHIGAN CITY".

GANGSTER CAPONE
Michigan City was also a hangout for New York born Al Capone, who became the leader of illicit activities in Chicago. His former hideaway in Long Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan is still occupied (by new owners). Treasure lore rumors say that his gang buried 3,000 cases of Whiskey near here, which has never been found. Capone joined many of the first guests to be placed in Alcatraz in 1934, as inmate #85.

FLURRIES of "FIFTY-EIGHT"
The prediction of flurries on Saturday, Feb. 15, 1958 resulted in a freak snowstorm which dumped an unprecedented 48" of snow on Michigan City in 36 hours. Emergency pleas for help went out, and had replies of astonishment, because none of the neighboring communities had any snow. But as emergency snow equipment started to arrive from the East, West and South, they were met with the "wall of snow", and drifts up to 8' high. It was a challenge just to find Michigan City under all this snow. Conditions had chosen that only Michigan City to be the target of this incredible blizzard. It took weeks of digging just to resume some normal sense of movement, and mountains of snow dumped at the park were still melting in Spring. Read more of this account at MOMENTS TO REMEMBER "Snow Above the Windowsill".

UNSOLVED MYSTERY
One of the erie but true stories regarding the legend of "Belle Gunness" and the trail of suspicious murders near LaPorte. Filled with intrigue and deceit, it remains an unsolved mystery to this day. Did the murderess become a victim of murder, or did Belle Gunness never die? Sit on the edge of your chair and read it all at BELLE

CRASH
A wooded area near Michigan City's Friendship Gardens was the scene of an American Airlines DC-3 crash on Dec. 28, 1946.

SWIMMING FEAT
It took 36 1/2 hours, but on Aug. 23, 1961, Chicagoan Ted Erickson, 33, became the first person to swim across Lake Michigan from Chicago to Michigan City. (Other athletes conquering a Lake Michigan swim include Vicki Keith, 1988, and Jim Dreyer, 1998.)

WORLD'S FAIR HOMES
At the conclusion of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, "A Century of Progress", 6 of the 15 homes built for the exposition were shipped across Lake Michigan and brought to Beverly Shores, IN., which is about 5 miles West of Michigan City. Constructed to be seen for a one year display, they are now 70 years old, most in disrepair, some slated for restoration. While not open to the public, they can be viewed from the outside.
Read one person's description as he toured the area. Photos. 1933 HOMES
Oct 2005: A cruise down Lakeshore Drive, just to the West of the National Lakeshore Beach Pavilion, are 3 of the homes, currently being restored. The National Park Service site also has a presentation of these homes.

GREAT LAKES
Of the 5 "Great Lakes", (can you name them?), Lake Michigan is the only one that lies entirely within the United States. The first submarine into Lake Michigan was launched at Trail Creek in Michigan City.
Lake Michigan is 118 miles wide and 307 miles long. The deepest point is 925 ft. It's volume is 1,180 cu. miles of water. There are 22,300 sq. mi. of surface water. To cover 1 sq. mile with 1 foot of water = 1.1 Trillion gal. How many gal. of water might be in this lake? If one gal. of water = 8.34 lb., how much does Lake Michigan weigh? Told you this was the "crazy page".

YE OLDE MATH QUIZ
3 men stop at a motel for the night. They pay $10 each for the room, or $30. Later, the honest clerk thought this was too much, and decided to give back $5. But, you cannot divide $5 between 3 people. So the clerk gives each man $1 back, and keeps $2. Which means each man paid $9 for the room. $9 each X 3 men = $27. The clerk has $2.
$27 + $2 = $29. What happened to the other dollar??

C.S.S.&S.B.R.R.
The Chicago South Shore and South Bend Rail Road is the last operating electric interurban train in the U.S.A. And Michigan City is the last remaining community where the train still passes thru the residential district, (but we also still lack a train station). It is now operated by NICTD, or Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. A Rail-Fan site may present some memories of the old "cattle cars" and now modern air conditioned coaches..... CSSSBRR

EX-NATIVES, think fast.....
The little wagon at 8th & Franklin selling Popcorn & Hot Peanuts, The Karmel Korn Store, Lido, Tivoli & Liberty Theatres, Brownies Restaurant, Palace Bowling Alley, Hickory Pit, Gene's, Hirschmann's, B-K Hot Dogs, Pezutto's, Red Devils, Scholl's Ice Cream, Hilltop, Sugar Bowl, Belle's Grill, Woolworths, Kresge, Jupiter, Fred Stern's, Steiger Hardware, Carstens, Delaneys, Sheridan Beach Hotel, Griegers, Zales, Ladies Shop, Ohmings, Excelsior, Enyeart, Bill Sherman, Pullman, Albanos, Henrys, Lucys, Hegelmeyers, Triangle, Wilkes, Oasis, Domino Room, Hirsch's, Mayfair, Ohlsen's, National Tea, A&P, cattin' the drag ..............




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