Here’s how close we are to Chicago and just where Michigan City is. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there and we used to go there to see rock concerts all of the time. Also we have the South Shore electric trains that run from MC to Chicago and back. Me and my friends used to skip school and go to Chicago, then come back home when it was time to get home from school. It was great fun and the South Shore was a very fun way to travel!
Eating fresh water perch at M and M’s Restaurant, filled with friends and neighbors whom I know. Good fresh water perch is hard to get, you can only get it from Lake Michigan and it is THE BEST!
My Uncle Joe as Santa in Santa's house on the corner of 7th and Franklin. I always wondered how Santa knew what I wanted! (Before the mall was opened Santa’s house was outside.)
Being able to drive all the way down Franklin Street to Washington Park (the lake) before they redid downtown.
The view from Mount Baldy and sleeping up there in our sleeping bags.
Franklin Street filled with honking cars after the 1966 state championship. I was young but my best friend’s older sister has a convertible and she let us ride in the back as we rode around celebrating. It was the only time we won also.
Watching the men make railroad cars at Pullman. My first husband worked at the steel plant repairing these cars.
Watching my father wrestle at Ames Field, the Armory and also at the State Fair.
Doing Winter sports. ice skating, sledding, making ice forts, snow ball fights and all that fun stuff!
Sitting at the fountain in Scholl's Dairy waiting for a cherry coke.
Summer concerts at the old band shell, and then the new one when it was re-done.
Haunted houses in the country and Beverly Shores. I even saw my father in his house after he was dead. There is defiantly psychic happenings in Michigan City!
Horseback riding in Beverly Shores. The stable knew me so well I could go and get a horse, ride it, groom it and put it away. I felt like I had my own horse!
Waiting in the cold at the first McDonald's. There was no place to eat indoors, no drive through, you walked up to a window to order your food. Once it was done you took your food and ate it somewhere else or in your car.
The old South Shore station with skeeball.
The B&K root beer stand by the bridge (near the National Armory) that I spoke of earlier.
The smell from the Smith Brothers cough drop factory. It smelled good and my mom and aunt both worked there. I got all the ‘free cough drops’ I ever wanted! I miss those cough drops!
The balcony in the Tivoli Theater where I saw the first Beatle movie in black and white.
The 212 outdoor theater. It was our only one and it is missed.
Sunrises, storms. foggy nights and sunsets on Lake Michigan especially by the light house.
Bumper cars in Washington Park I really loved them!
Monkey Island at the Washington Park Zoo.
Climbing to the top of the observation tower first.
Riding to Chicago in the old South Shore cars and getting back before school was over. A blast from the past!
Franklin Street decorations at Christmas.
Dances at the old YMCA. I was high school age and we were also having school dances so it was double fun! I also took lots of classes at the old YMCA and enjoyed it tremendously.
Starting school after Labor Day.
Walking to school every day in the rain and snow except for 2 years when I got bused to another junior high school.
Stopping to buy candy every day while walking to school because candy was a penny each and you felt rich with 5 cents and a quarter made you feel like a millionaire!
We never had to lock our doors and we knew our neighbors. Our neighbors watched our property and we watched over theirs.