I wish to thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain that two of Gary’s historical treasures, the Gary Land Company and the EJ&E Engine, have not been forgotten nor neglected.
In my 37 years of volunteer service struggling to keep the history of Gary alive, the EJ&J Engine No. 765, incorrectly identified as No. 763, has been featured on the front cover of Train Magazine. It sits on the lot behind the Gary Land Co., the first building constructed in Gary and listed on the Registry of Historic Places.
The Gary Historical and Cultural Society Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, maintains them with the help of the city of Gary and U.S. Steel, who keeps up the lawn, and repairs the engine when requested.
The building is boarded up now in preparation of a major renovation project supported by this city administration and many area businesses. A Sept. 28 fundraising concert with a Grammy award-winning artist is presently being planned.
- Dolly Millender, CEO/Founder, The Gary Historical & Cultural Society, Inc.