General History

Tragedy in the Dunes: Historical Note

Tragedy in the Dunes: Historical Note Saturday, August 27, 1938 On a warm Saturday night in August in Ogden Dunes a group of high school and college students had planned their last summer outing before most returned to their homes or colleges.  This group, informally organized, called themselves the ‘rafters’.  Earlier that summer they had built a raft which they used for diving or sun bathing, thus their name.    Throughout the summer they also organized many group activities, including scavenger hunts and trips to Miller or Chesterton.  They decided that the last activity would be [...]

Tragedy in the Dunes: Historical Note2019-02-14T11:26:49-06:00

1930: Port Williams

Ogden Dunes and the Planned City of Port Williams By Dick Meister In the 2010 donation to the Historical Society of the papers of the late Joseph Thomas, an Ogden Dunes resident, journalist and editor for the Gary Post-Tribune,  by his daughter (see September 2010 issue of The Hour Glass Newsletter) was a large plat map of the proposed city of Port Williams to be located just east of Burns Ditch and south of Dunes Highway (U.S. 12). Port Williams was to be another Gary and is a precursor of Burns Harbor and the Port [...]

1930: Port Williams2018-08-02T21:01:59-05:00