Once known as the Callimink River by the area’s Potawatomi Indians, the Calumet River has been home to swimmers and fishermen, steamboats and canoes, and shipyards and factories for generations. Recreation and industry have coexisted along its banks for decades.
Communities along the Calumet River—from South Chicago to northwest Indiana—have long derived their life blood from the river. With abundant wilderness, many recreational activities, and a convenient transportation corridor, the Calumet River has long been an important resource for the communities along its banks.
Along the Calumet Riverpresents the history, evolution, and development of the river corridor using over 200 vintage images.