Early 1960s look at bustling Gary, Indiana

Vintage look at the city that once was.

August 20, 2013

We've viewed and thought of Gary, Indiana as an urban ruin for so long, we've forgotten what the city once was.

I found the above video on YouTube yesterday. It shows what the steel town looked like around 1960: a vibrant city of more than 100,000 souls. Broadway — Gary's main drag — bustles with commerce and even a parade in the video. We see a new, modern school, the Marquette Park bathhouse, designed by Chicago architects Maher & Sons and more.

The video was posted on YouTube by Anthony Diaz, director of imaging for the Mid-American Heritage Preservation Foundation, a non-profit group in Whiting, Indiana that digitally restores old film depicting Northwest Indiana. More good stuff to watch here.

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