Northwest Indiana is a land of contrasts. The most heavily industrialized region of the Hoosier State shares the Lake Michigan shoreline with the hauntingly wild and beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Lake County, which covers 501 square miles in Indiana’s northwestern corner, is the state’s second most populous county—some 475,000 people live within its borders. Not far south lie the rich farmlands of Benton County, whose 407 square miles are inhabited by about 9,000 people. Two of Indiana’s most fabled rivers wend their way through northwest Indiana. The Kankakee River, which flows southwest from South Bend to the Illinois border, and its adjacent wetlands evoke memories of the lush 500,000-acre Grand Kankakee marsh it once nourished. Indiana’s longest waterway, the Wabash River, cuts a swath through four of this region’s counties on its 475-mile journey west across the width of the state and then south to the Ohio River. Visitors travel to and through northwest Indiana on Interstate 80/90, an east-west highway that is Indiana’s only toll road; Interstate 65, a north-south route; and several excellent U.S. highways. The pride of Logansport is its turn-of-the-century carousel. Now nearly 100 years old, it is one of only two all-wood, hand-carved merry-go-rounds still operating in Indiana. (The other is in the Indianapolis
Children’s Museum.) Delighted riders compete for a mount on the perimeter and the chance to snag the coveted brass ring as the carousel spins round and round. The brightly colored mounts—a mix of thirty-one horses, three goats, three reindeer, three giraffes, a lion, and a tiger—were produced in 1892 by the talented hands of German craftsman Gustav A. Dentzel, who moved to the United States
in 1860 and became this country’s chief carousel maker. The carousel is owned by a nonprofit citizens’ group; a small fee is charged for each ride to help offset maintenance costs. You’ll find the merry-go-round in Riverside City Park—just follow the sound of music. The above description is an excerpt from "Indiana: Off the Beaten Path." Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, this chapter from the Off the Beaten Path series will help you take the "road less traveled" and discover hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales that most tourists miss. This chapter includes Cass County, Fountain County, Fulton County, Jasper County, Lake County, LaPorte County, Marshall County, Montgomery County, Newton County, Porter County, Saint Joseph County, Tippecanoe County, and White County.
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Indiana Off the Beaten Path Guide Book