Door-to-Door on 119th Street

A snapshot of what was on 119th Street in downtown Whiting in 1939, 1948, 1958, 1969, 1977, and today.

The History of the Hoosier Theater

Read about the history of the Hoosier Theater, one of the last remaining movie palaces in the country.

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The History of White Castle

Selling ‘em by the Sack in Whiting since 1935.

The Birth of the Water Gardens

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It was envisioned as a neighborhood of natural beauty along the shores of Wolf Lake, a place for people to escape from the refineries and factories of Whiting-Robertsdale. The Water Gardens were born in 1919.

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Phil Smidt’s - Now Just A Memory

On October 20, 2007, one of our oldest and best known landmarks closed its door.  Phil Smidt’s, the restaurant that lasted almost a century and was famous far and wide served its last plate of perch and has not a frog leg left to stand on.

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Benjamin Franklin School HISTORY

Going back to the earliest days of Robertsdale.

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The Stories Behind (Some) Whiting-Robertsdale Street Names

Vogel’s Restaurant

Before it closed in 1997, after more than 75 years of operation, Vogel’s was the oldest family run restaurant in the Calumet region.

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Madura’s Danceland

While the Madura name is synonymous in the Chicago land area with ballroom music, Mike’s first claim to fame was being owner of the Indiana Gardens Roller Rink.  

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What Used To Be There? 

Have you ever driven by a new building and wondered, “What used to be there?”  Fortunately, a collection of city directories at the Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society can help answer some of those questions.