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Whiting, Indiana

Incorporated: As a town in 1895 and as a city in 1903
Highlights: Pierogi Fest
Whiting Lakefront  Park
Whiting Community Center (Historic Landmark-Federal Register
Whiting Library 
Whiting Skate Park

Origin of Name:  The name Whiting predates the City of Whiting . In 1869, “Pop” Whiting, a fearless Engineer, ditched his heavy freight train so a fast passenger train behind could have the right of way. The scene of this derail was called Pop Whiting’s Siding. Eventually it  was incorporated as the town and later the City of Whiting .  
City Site:
Some History:  

First settled in 1850 by German settlers who built and maintained the railroad tracks. The Michigan Southern Railroad was the first of three rail lines built across the wilderness. In 1871 the name of the community was shortened Pop Whiting’s Siding to Whiting. Standard Oil Company began buying up land along the lakefront in 1889 to build a Midwestern industrial site with access to rail and water transportation. Whiting fit their needs for the placement of their crude refinery thus changing the community’s history forever.

County: Lake
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