View LaPorte County from a lofty perspective at the museum

This 1986 shot shows the former Allis-Chalmers site adjacent to the Pine Lake Avenue overpass, looking north. (Photo provided)

Ever seen LaPorte County from the skies? Curious about what the towns looked like from the 1950s on, or just before the LaPorte overpass was built? The LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is now featuring “Up Up and Away!: A look at Aerial Photography from LaPorte County,” offering photographic views from the skies throughout the decades. The display will be featured through the end of May.

This exhibit features an array of stunning photos from the collection of the historical society that show the growth and development of LaPorte County, from Allis-Chalmers to Pullman Standard and from Stone Lake Beach to the beautiful sight of Michigan City Harbor. View the location of the former Spaulding Hotel and the celebration of Armistice Day, 1918, with a parade in downtown LaPorte.

Photographs are displayed on the countertops and lower level of the museum. Visitors will be provided with a program explaining the location of each photo and time period, if known. What a surprise to see how much has changed!

The museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave. at the south entrance to LaPorte.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The facility is handicapped accessible. For more information and admission prices, email, visit or call (219) 324-6767.

One Response to “View LaPorte County from a lofty perspective at the museum”


    Mar 06. 2018

    Ahhhhh, the good ol’ days. If we could just turn back time.
    I think I see my car on the overpass.
    Thanks for the great photo.

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