Moments in time … in photographs


The La Porte County Fair main gate in 1893 on H Street (current site of La Porte High School). From left are Ben Gross, Jim Conry, Milo O’Brien, Ernest Bement, Clayton Eaton, and Luther Hamilton (Civil War Veteran). The sign at left advertises a baseball game featuring the Nebraska Indians.

Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, is celebrated here on Lincoln Way (Main Street) between Monroe and Clay streets. On this day, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany to end the hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It is now celebrated as Veterans Day in the U.S. Note the Phoenix Theatre, tallest light-colored building.

These workers were tearing up or laying down Airline electric railway tracks along what is now Lincoln Way. The Chicago – New York Electric Air Line Railroad (CNY) was a proposed high-speed train between Chicago and New York City. However, the project was a disaster with the largest segment completed being 19.2 miles of track laid between La Porte and Porter County.

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