Voice of the People
From time to time, our business people raise concerns about Chesterton not
promoting the town as a place that tourists would want to visit.
Outside of the downtown area, with its century old store fronts, the town
does not have too many things that would attract tourists.
It does not have a geyser spouting a stream of water hundreds of feet skyward
every hour, ALA “Old Faithful”, in Yellowstone Park. No does it have a “giant
hole in the ground” like the Grand Canyon in Ariz. - These are real tourist
attractions. Nor can the town boast of too many classic buildings - only the
Brown Mansion leaps out.
However, Chesterton is unique. It sits near a real interesting site - One of
the greatest lakes in the world, with the adjoining sand dunes - Lake
The federal and state governments have recognized the Lake as a place that
people would come to visit and enjoy. The established two-parks - Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park.
Many thousands of tourists come here to Duneland every year. Chesterton needs
only to provide the services and accommodations that these tourists would
need. They are at our door step every day - at Indian Boundary Rd. and SR 49.
Find a way to entice them to the downtown area.
We should be ashamed to present our downtown park with no water to drink nor
a clean and sanitary restroom. Portable toilets are for construction areas,
no a town park!