Gary, Indiana


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The United States Steel Corporation founded Gary, Indiana in 1906.  The town was designated as the home for its newest plant, Gary Works.  The plant was named after a lawyer, Elbert Henry Gary.  Gary was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation.

According to the United States 2010 census, Gary had a population of 80,294 people.  This would make it the ninth largest city in the state of Indiana.  Gary is located within the Chicago metropolitan area.  In fact, Gary is only 25 miles away from downtown Chicago.  Gary is also located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and borders Lake Michigan.

Gary, Indiana is known for its steel mills.  In fact, many of its nicknames concern the steel industry.  (City in Motion, City of the Century, Magic City of Steel, and The Steel City.)

Due to the decline of the Steel industry in the U.S., Gary’s population has also declined.  However, in the late 20th century, Gary’s demographics changed radically, with the growth of the African American community in the town.  In fact, the city had one of the nation’s first African-American mayors, Richard G. Hatcher.  Gary also hosted the 1972 National Black Political Convention.

The city has several landmarks.  Among them is Marquette Park, which is a municipal park completely, surrounded by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  Marquette Park was established in 1918 and originally called Lake Front Park.  It contains an Aquatorium, Marquette Park Pavilion and the Octave Chanute museum, which is a registered National Landmark of Soaring.

Gary, IN is well known as the birthplace and hometown of the Jackson 5, who would blaze a trail through the pop music industry.  They grew up in a two-bedroom house at 2300 Jackson St., which would later feature in a 1989 song.  In 1996, the urban movie Original Gangstas was filmed in the city, as well as the 2009 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and several scenes from Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2010).

Gary is also the location for several Historic Places on the National Register.  These Historic Places include St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium (which is located within Marquette Park), Miller Town Hall, American Sheet and Tin Mill Apartment Building, and the Knights of Columbus Building.

Gary is home to the Gary SouthShore RailCats, which is an American Association professional baseball team.  They play their home games at the U.S. Steel Yard baseball stadium.  The RailCats won their league championships in 2005, 2007, and 2013.  The Gary Splash are members of the International Basketball League and play their home games at the Embassies of Christ church gymnasium.

Own a small business in Gary, IN?  Are you thinking about starting one?  These resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Gary, IN

Small Business in Gary, IN

Gary Chamber of Commerce

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2518 West Ridge Road
Gary, IN 46408