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Porter County collection 1837-1929.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1686 (Text) 00000106663016 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic feet 1 folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2017/06/01 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/01 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2017/06/28 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
The collection includes three items from Porter County, Indiana, comprising a copy of a typed manuscript of the townships of Porter County, circa 1916; copies of naval letters regarding construction of a lighthouse at City West, Indiana in 1837 with an accompanying letter from Captain W. D. MacDougall to William H. Matthew on June 6, 1921; and a letter rom A.F. Knotts to Richard Lieber on August 30, 1929 with an accompanying photostat of a hand-drawn map depicting the location of the old fort near City West, Indiana.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Porter County collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
City West was a short-lived town located among the Indiana Dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan. The town was established in 1836 by land speculators, but the panic of 1837 killed the town, as . By fall of 1839, the town was completely abandoned. Old town site is currently part of the Indiana Dunes State Park in Porter County, Indiana.Sources:Items in the collection.Atlas Obscura. "City West Ghost Town." Atlas Obscura. 2017. Accessed June 28, 2017."City West and Indiana City, Now Gone and Almost Forgotten Were Once Rivals of Chicago." The Vidette-Messenger, (Valparaiso, IN), August 18, 1936, 12. Accessed June 28, 2017., Stephen Jesse. "City West: Lost Metropolis of the Indiana Dunes." Field of Vision: Spirit & Place blog, July 27, 2013. Accessed June 28, 2017.
Richard Lieber was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1869. He immigrated to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1891, and was naturalized on February 6, 1901. Lieber first worked as a reporter for the Indiana Tribune, where he met and married Emma Rappaport, daughter of the newspaper's owner, Phillip Rappaport. In 1916, Lieber became the Conservation Commission Chairman under Governor Samuel M. Ralston, where he worked to develop Indiana⁰₉s state park system, creating ten state parks and five memorials. Acknowledged as the father of Indiana park system, Lieber authored seven books and manuscripts, He died in 1944. On 12 July 1958, the Richard Lieber State Park was dedicated in his honor. Sources: Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "The Begining of Indiana State Parks." Accessed June 1, 2017., Richard. "Hoosier Beacon: Richard Lieber Founded Indiana's Park System." Indianapolis Businesss Journal, October 1, 2016. Accessed June 28, 2017.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Gary Public Library on 1935/05/03.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Lieber, Richard, 1869-1944.
Indiana. Department of Conservation.
City West (Ind.)
Michigan, Lake.
Porter County (Ind.)
Genre: Correspondence.

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