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Gallery of Paintings with Artists' Captions

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association Quarry Books ePub

with Artists' Captions

All dimensions are vertical first, then horizontal.


House of the Singing Winds with Pergola
(Brown County)
by Todd A. Williams

12" × 16"

With the historical significance of Brown County and the artists that colonized that area in the early 1900s, it became an obvious location of interest for me. T. C. Steele's home, the House of the Singing Winds, was at the top of my list. To paint in the footsteps of T. C. Steele was a dream come true.


(Wayne County)
by Wyatt LeGrand

18" × 24"

Bridges are odd things to paint. I think it's funny how I always end up chopping off the roadway running off the opposing sides of the bridge. Without the road, path, or railway, what use is the bridge? Maybe I'm painting bridges like they're tunnels. I'm more interested in the objects they span than the destinations they connect.

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Duneland’s Industrial Belt

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

A ship loaded with windmill blades arrives at the port. (above) Ports of Indiana

Today, the Port of Indiana—Burns Harbor is one of the most modern of all the Great Lakes ports and is home to about thirty companies. The port handles more ocean-going cargo than any other US port on the Great Lakes. Flanked by United States Steel to the west and ArcelorMittal Steel to the east, it handles 15 percent of all US steel trade with Europe. The port has ten steel processing mills on site. In addition to shipping its steel-related cargo, the port supports local farmers by shipping out grains and soybeans while shipping in both liquid and dry fertilizers. The port also handles paper, lumber, salt, limestone, and vehicles. Port officials are quick to remind the public that water-borne transportation is environmentally sound and keeps costs down.

Midwest Plant

United States Steel Corporation’s Midwest Plant. United States Steel Corporation

United States Steel Corporation’s Midwest Plant was built beginning in 1959 by the Midwest Steel Company, a subsidiary of National Steel. In 2003, when National Steel declared bankruptcy, the company’s assets were purchased by United States Steel.

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1908 The South Shore Railroad

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

The South Shore got its start in life in 1903 as an East Chicago streetcar line. In 1906–1908, the company constructed a well-engineered interurban electric rail line from Chicago through the dunes to South Bend and built a (pre-NIPSCO) generating station in Michigan City to provide its electricity.

By then called the Chicago, Lake Shore, and South Bend Railway, the line made much of the dunes easily accessible. Residents of Chicago and northwest Indiana could now easily take a morning train to Tremont in the dunes and be back home in time for dinner. Although it has carried both freight and passengers, it is passenger service that has made this railroad, known for years as just the South Shore, the defining railroad of the Calumet Area.

In the 1920s, there were sixteen thousand miles of interurban railroad in the United States and the Lake Shore electric line was one of the fastest. Nevertheless, it soon lost passengers as automobiles became more common. Samuel Insull, president of Chicago Edison Company, purchased the railroad in 1925 at a foreclosure sale and renamed it the Chicago, South Shore & South Bend Railroad. Besides improving service, he created an innovative marketing program that included newsletters and the now well-known poster series. Twenty-five new cars with plush seats, bathrooms, separate smoking compartments, and windows that let in fresh air were purchased in 1926 from the Pullman Company. Ridership increased so fast that the next year Insull ordered twenty more cars.

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1881 Explosions in the Dunes

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

Perhaps the most unusual company to find a home in the dunes was the Aetna Powder Works.

In 1881, the Miami Powder Company chose the Indiana Dunes as the location for its newest powder plant because the high, unpopulated dunes were perfect buffers for a factory that might explode at any minute. Explosions did occur, and on occasion they would crack the walls of the Miller schoolhouse. Whenever that happened, the students went home early to find out whether the explosion had injured their fathers or brothers.

Between 1881 and 1888, the company purchased more than nine hundred acres about 11/4 miles southwest of Miller. In short time, the company had twenty-six buildings, employed forty-five men, and was producing sixty thousand pounds of powder a day. Until the Wabash Railroad was built in 1895, the powder made at the plant had to be hauled to the B&O depot in Miller.

According to historian Powell Moore, regional farmers were encouraged to buy the powder because when clearing land for farming, it was easier to blow tree stumps to smithereens than to manually hack them up.

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10 Your Blood, Your Sweat, Your Tears

Mike Roos Quarry Books ePub

As the summer of ’62 neared its end and Pete Gill found himself greeted ever more commonly with rank skepticism among Ireland townfolk, a natural tendency toward paranoia began gnawing at his mental health. Jim Roos was doing all he could to plant the seeds of optimism around the village, but there remained intense pockets of resistance. As Pete well knew, the most intense such pocket was located inside Tommy Schitter’s grocery and butcher shop only a few blocks from the high school. The fact that Tommy’s son Pat was regarded by many, including Jim Roos, as one of the best basketball prospects among an inexperienced but promising sophomore class only added to Pete’s mental disturbance. Irrationally, he concluded that the best solution would be to see to it that Pat did not make the team. Roy Allen, with whom Pete had otherwise quickly achieved a harmonious rapport, did not agree.

“You’ll be cutting off your nose to spite your face, Pete,” Roy said the day before fall classes were to begin. They were huddled together behind the locked door of the coach’s office in the gymnasium, amidst a cloud of cigarette smoke.

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