Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor marks 50th annual opening ceremony

Construction of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor got started in 1966 and the first ship, a Bethlehem Steel ore boat, used the facility in 1969. The port recently marked its 50th season on Lake Michigan.

PORTAGE — July 17 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Grand Opening of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, a facility built to connect America’s heartland to the world – and provide a stimulus to the state’s economy.

Around the 1930s, various commercial groups and the state came together in a concentrated effort to build a deep-water public port at or near the point where Burns Ditch enters Lake Michigan.

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