Once upon a time, Chesterton had its own ocean liner in the tiny town of
Littleville. Ogden Dunes had a 200-foot tall ski jump and Porter had a
On June 20, the Westchester Township History Museum will celebrate these
early businesses with the opening of a new exhibit entitled “Lost Tourist
Attractions of the Dunes.” The opening will feature tours of the new exhibit
and amusement park refreshments, including popcorn, lemonade and cotton
candy. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of August.
The exhibit includes photographs and memorabilia of the major tourist
attractions in the Duneland area from the early 20th century through 1990,
when the popular amusement park, Enchanted Forest, closed its gates for the
The exhibit also includes photographs and menus from three restaurants
popular with tourists of the past: The Spa, The Bailly Homestead Restaurant,
and the Red Lantern. A number of area tourist hotels of the early 20th
century are also included in the exhibit. A map with locations of the
various attractions will be available as a handout.
The Westchester Township History Museum is an educational and cultural
service of the Westchester Public Library. The museum, housed in the
historic Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave. is open 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday or by appointment by calling 983-9715.