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Porter County, Indiana

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In 1837 the county was organized and was named for Capt. David Porter, naval officer during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812.

In 1962, Bethlehem Steel built a large integrated steel mill on the shores of Lake Michigan, which is now owned and operated by ArcelorMittal. The construction of the mill, as well as the neighboring Port of Indiana, generated enormous controversy between industrial interests and locals who wanted to conserve the natural shoreline and habitat. Although the activists lost and the steel mill and port were constructed, the US Congress created the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1966 to protect the area's unique natural habitat.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Towns

  • Beverly Shores
  • Burns Harbor
  • Chesterton
  • Dune Acres
  • Hebron
  • Kouts
  • Ogden Dunes
  • Portage
  • Porter
  • Town of Pines
  • Valparaiso

Townships & Communities

Aberdeen | Aylesworth | Babcock | Beatrice | Boone | Boone Grove | Burdick | Center | Clanricarde | Coburg | Crocker | Furnessville | Hillcrest | Hurlburt | Jackson | Lakes of the Four Seasons (part) | Liberty | Malden | Morgan | Pine | Pleasant | Porter Crossroads | Salt Creek Commons | Sedley | Shorewood Forest | South Haven | Suman | Tassinong | Union | Washington | Westchester | Wheeler | Woodville



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

IN GenWeb