Calumet Beginnings

Calumet Beginnings : Ancient Shorelines and Settlements at the South End of Lake Michigan

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The landscape of the Calumet, an area that sits astride the Indiana-Illinois state line at the southern end of Lake Michigan was shaped by the glaciers that withdrew toward the end of the last ice age-about 45,000 years ago. In the years since, many natural forces, including wind, running water, and the waves of Lake Michigan, have continued to shape the land. The lake's modern and ancient shorelines have served as Indian trails, stagecoach routes, highways, and sites that have evolved into many of the cities, towns, and villages of the Calumet area. People have also left their mark on the landscape: Indians built mounds; farmers filled in wetlands; governments commissioned ditches and canals to drain marshes and change the direction of rivers; sand was hauled from where it was plentiful to where it was needed for urban and industrial growth. These thousands of years of weather and movements of peoples have given the Calumet region its distinct climate and more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 182.88 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 150 b&w photos, 20 figures, 2 color photos, 1 map
  • 0253012228
  • 9780253012227

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We always think of a historian as giving accounts of events and people and places of note... Calumet Beginnings was quite a different take on that. He approached history from more of a scientific more

About Kenneth J. Schoon

Kenneth J. Schoon is Professor of Science Education at Indiana University Northwest. He is author of Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of the Indiana Dunes Region (IUP, 2013) and City more

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ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPrologue: The Calumet Area Part One. The Physical Setting1. Seas, Sediments, and Glacial Ice: Forming the Landscapes2. Water and Wind: Interpreting Lake Michigan's HistoryPart Two. The Human Touch 3. The Calumet Area before 18334. The Pioneer and Stagecoach Period: 1833-18585. Railroads and Everyday Life: 1852-18996. Altering the LandscapePart Three. Community Beginnings 7. Cook County Communities8. Lake County Communities9. Porter and LaPorte County CommunitiesEpilogue: Preserved Natural AreasGlossaryBibliographic EssayWorks Cited and Suggestions for Further ReadingIndexshow more

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