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

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

by Kenneth J. Schoon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253012227
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2013
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 628,059
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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 Trees.

Table of Contents


Prologue: The Calumet Area

Part One. The Physical Setting
1. Seas, Sediments, and Glacial Ice: Forming the Landscapes
2. Water and Wind: Interpreting Lake Michigan's History

Part Two. The Human Touch
3. The Calumet Area before 1833
4. The Pioneer and Stagecoach Period: 1833-1858
5. Railroads and Everyday Life: 1852-1899
6. Altering the Landscape

Part Three. Community Beginnings
7. Cook County Communities
8. Lake County Communities
9. Porter and LaPorte County Communities
Epilogue: Preserved Natural Areas

Bibliographic Essay
Works Cited and Suggestions for Further Reading

What People are Saying About This

Porter County Sunday Post Tribune

What Schoon—an earth science teacher and associate dean of education at Indiana University Northwest—unravels is an academic read that is still understandable for everyday folks seeking more thorough information about the subset of Earth they inhabit.

Historical Geography

Calumet Beginnings is very well-written celebration of place. The content is a meticulous compilation of secondary sources enhanced by archival materials. Schoon's passion for local history is evident throughout the volume—enough so that my family and I exited the interstate to explore the Calumet area several times this summer. Ancient moraine and shoreline remnants, ditch and levee systems, immigrant churches and cemeteries, and historic architectural edifices offer testimonials to the rich history of the Calumet area. These vestiges of the Calumet area's past will be far more meaningful to anyone reading Calumet Beginnings,33 2005

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