Historic Native Americans of the Calumet Region
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Industrial development became possible in 1869, when Congress appropriated money for a harbor at South Chicago. In the 1890s, the Calumet River was straightened and dredged. Industry began moving into the area in the 1870s, and by the early twentieth century the Pullman Company, the South Works of U.S. Steel, and other industries had been established in southeast Chicago and Hammond. To accommodate industry, the channel of the Grand Calumet was moved and straightened. The Indiana Harbor Canal connecting the Grand Calumet with Lake Michigan at East Chicago was completed in 1906, and industries moved to its banks. Burns Ditch, completed in 1926, connected the Little Calumet with Lake Michigan in Porter County, draining thousands of acres of marsh and facilitating development. Parts of the Grand Calumet and Little Calumet drained into the lake at these new outlets, depending on rainfall and lake levels. This harbor complex became the most important on the Great Lakes. With steel mills, oil refineries, chemical plants, packinghouses, and other industries, the Calumet system became the industrial center of the Chicago region. Since the model town of Pullman was built near its western shore in the early 1880s, Lake Calumet has been drastically altered. Vast areas of it have been filled in with refuse and converted to use as parkland and docks, while extensive dredging has deepened other parts to accommodate shipping.
The Pigeon Shooter Takes a Shoot at Higher Game.
Drunken Revelry at Shang Noyes’—Sudden End of the Jollity.
Charley Creighton, of South Chicago, Receives a Serious Wound.
The Sportsman Locked-Up in the Hyde Park Calaboose.
Irondale Wants New Name
Muskrat Hunting in Chicago River; Animals Furnish Fur
For Lake Calumet Harbor
Big City Harbor on Lake Calumet Finally Assured
Louis Armstrong - Muskrat Ramble
YouTube: Louis Armstrong - Muskrat Ramble. 29 feb, 1926. Armstrong (tp), Kid Ory (tb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Johnny St. Cyr (bj).
Chicago Police Tell Fight for Lives in Rioting
Mill Workers’ Social Center Made Possible by Clubwomen
Chicago Area’s No. 1 Industry is Steel Making
New Bus Route to Calumet War Plants Is Ready
Rails Move for Truce in Calumet Row
Mark 75 Years of Steel Making in Chicagoland
Vet Protests South Deering Rezoning Plea
Parade Roseland 1960s - Muskrat Pete 1940s, Speedboat ride down Calumet River 1950's
Face Lifting Belies Age of South Deering
Lake Calumet Harbor: Chicago’s Gateway to the World
Lake Calumet Rich in History Legend
The 8 Nurses: 5 Hour Killing
Mission is Port of Call for Lonely Seafarers
Seek New Dumping Sites
Lake Calumet Complex Stalled, Waiting Landfill
Free Trade Zone to Open Near Lake Calumet Port
Vandals Hit Pantry at South Side Church
Lake Calumet Dumping Ground Declared a Superfund Site
Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Plan for Lake Calumet?