The author of the new Secret Northwest Indiana book, which explores Region oddities and hidden histories, will appear at the Book Warehouse at the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets mall in Michigan City.
Author Joseph S. Pete, who also wrote the books Lost Hammond, Indiana and 100 Things to Do in Gary and Northwest Indiana Before You Die, will appear for a book signing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the bookstore at 1101 Lighthouse Place in Michigan City.
The book features Michigan City history like the Hoosier Slide, inventor Lodner Darvontis Phillips’s submarine experiments under Lake Michigan, the Muskegon shipwreck, and the tragic fate of the SS Eastland that was bound for a company picnic at Washington Park.
The event is free and open to the public.
Published by Reedy Press in St. Louis, Secret Northwest Indiana explores where in the largely landlocked state of Indiana can you sunbathe on a beach in the shadow of hulking steel mills, surf by an oil refinery or scuba-dive to see old shipwrecks?
The book covers many points of interest from Michigan City and greater La Porte County, including Burn ‘Em Brewery, Mount Baldy, the La Porte County Historical Society Museum and serial killer Belle Gunness’s farm.
A blend of Indiana and neighboring Chicago, Northwest Indiana is a one-of-a-kind place filled with wonders like Frank Lloyd Wright homes and a hike USA Today described as one of the country’s most scenic. And behind its unique coastal setting lie some equally intriguing hidden gems and untold stories.
Secret Northwest Indiana: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure leads a whirlwind tour of the Calumet Region that extends from Chicago’s far South Side, through the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana, and into Southwest Michigan. Read about a submarine inventor who sailed under Lake Michigan and the free-spirited Diana of the Dunes who inspired preservation efforts that led to the Indiana Dunes National Park. Explore hidden NIKE missile silos, bygone ski jumps, secret spots to photograph the jets taking off for the Chicago Air and Water Show and the infamous Marriage Mill where celebrities flocked to get hitched. Prepare for singing porta-potties, tree graveyards and other strangeness.
Local author and journalist Joseph S. Pete gives you a look behind the curtain in a region you might think you already know well. With his stories and tips, you’ll find no shortage of new secret places to explore in Northwest Indiana.
Region native Joseph S. Pete writes for The Times of Northwest Indiana, a job that’s taken him all around the South Shore. The author of Lost Hammond, Indiana and 100 Things to Do in Gary and Northwest Indiana Before You Die, Pete is a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio, a veteran and the treasurer of the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists who has twice as many first names as the average person. His many accolades include Lisagor Awards, SPJ Awards and a calculator he won at a Hammond Civic Center circus raffle.