The Town of Burns
Harbor is set to unveil a plaque marking the Indiana Territory Boundary Line
to celebrate a bit of local history and to commemorate Indiana’s
The public is
invited to attend the unveiling and dedication at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at
Shadyside Park, 18 Oak Leaf Lane in Burns Harbor.
A reception with
light refreshments will follow from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.. at the Burns Harbor
Town Hall, 1240 N. Boo Road. Please join us at the reception even if you
cannot attend the unveiling.
marker sits on the northern boundary line of the Indiana Territory, which
was formed in 1800 by the U.S. government when the Northwest Territory was
split into the Ohio Territory and the Indiana Territory. This northern
boundary line was formed by a line that began at the southern bend of Lake
Michigan and ran due east to the first principal meridian---established in
1798 and originating at the junction of the Ohio and Miami rivers,
otherwise, the eastern border of Indiana--and continuing on until Lake Erie.
In 1815, the
Indiana Territorial Legislature petitioned the U.S. Congress to have the
territory recognized as a state, and--realizing that access to Lake Michigan
would be vital to the state’s future economic growth--they made a plea to
extend the state’s northern border to the north to include part of southern
Lake Michigan. When Congress allowed Indiana to become the 19th state in the
Union in 1816, it moved Indiana’s border 10 miles to the north of the
extreme southern shore of Lake Michigan.
Had the original
northern boundary line not been moved, it would have put a portion of
present-day Burns Harbor in Michigan.
the state have been highlighting the best of Indiana with special events and
projects all year long as part of the 2016 Bicentennial Celebration,” Burns
Harbor Town Council Member Toni Biancardi said. “We are excited to take part
in the festivities and we are thrilled that our historical marker has been
endorsed as an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project by the 2016
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