KOP Program March 22, History of Kingsbury Ordinance Plant

2014-03-14T17:59:00Z KOP Program March 22, History of Kingsbury Ordinance PlantContributed by Susie Richter, Curator La Porte County Historical Society Museum nwitimes.com

LAPORTE | "History of Kingsbury Ordinance Plant" will be presented at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The presentation by Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County (IN) Historian will be held in the meeting room of the museum. This operation changed many acres of farmland to industrial acreage. An entire cemetery was relocated and a village moved somewhat south. Considerable housing was added to a newly named section of La Porte (Maple Terrace) and anentire city (Kingsford Heights) was built in Union Township to accommodate workers. Hundreds of people migrated from various parts of the country to work at the facility. Schools were erected for the education of additional students this operation brought to the county.

The construction and operation of this immense self-contained facility and some other effects on the county will be discussed. The facility operated during WWII and the Korean War and there will probably never again be such an operation in La Porte County. Maybe you had family members employed here during one or more of the wars.

It, like a number of other industries in early La Porte County, played a very important role in our history and households. The program is free but regular museum admissions apply.

Visit www.laportecountyhistory.org for more information about the Society and its Museum. The Museum is located at 2405 Indiana Avenue (US#35 at the south entrance to La Porte). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Become a member of the Historical Society and admission to its Museum and programs (unlessotherwise noted) for the calendar year of membership are free. Contact the Society and its Museum at info@laportecountyhistory.org or (219) 324-6767.

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