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History of Munster

Munster is a town in the North Township of Lake County, Indiana. Part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, it is bounded by the communities of Hammond to the north, Highland to the east, Hartsdale and Schererville to the southeast, Dyer to the south, and the Indiana and Illinois state line to the west.

Present-day Munster was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians who traveled the area by a trail along the dry sandy ridge that is now Rodge Road. In the late 1600s to early 1700s, the area was part of the French territory. The British claimed it for themselves as part of the British Empire in the 1760s. However, with the American Revolutionary War, George Rogers Clark was successful in claiming it for the United States of America.

With the native inhabitants forced to move out of the area, more pioneer settlers began to move there. In the 1860s, Netherlands-native Jacob Munster established a General Store and U.S. postal station in the settlement. As more local farmers and settlers started to rely on the postal station, it was soon named Munster. In 1907, Munster was incorporated into a town. Munster attracted many people and soon became a booming town. But, the Great Depression brought some difficult times to the town, like many others in the U.S.

The Police and Fire Department headquarters, the Town Hall, the Munster Post Office, and the Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts are all established along Ridge Road in the downtown area of Munster. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 23,603 people.

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Ibach House

Ibach House was constructed in 1924 of the Colonial Revival architectural style. The two-and-a-half-story history home is a five-bay brick dwelling with a side-gable roof and front portico. On December 27, 2010, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRP).

Stallbohm Barn-Kaske House

Stallbohm Barn-Kaske House is a historic home and English barn in Munster. Also called the Bieker Woods and Heritage Park, the two-story, American Foursquare style frame building was built in 1901. The one-and-a-half-story English barn was built prior to that around 1890. On April 1, 1998, it was listed on the NRHP.

Bieker Woods and Heritage Park

The Bieker Woods and Heritage Park is a public park in Munster. Once the Stallbohm Barn-Kaske House, the property is divided into two areas: the 11.42 acres Heritage Park and the 6.5 acres Bieker Woods Nature Area.

The Heritage Park is a historical park of the Munster Parks and Recreation Department. Offering visitors a gazebo to relax and enjoy the tranquil nature of the forested area, the park is the perfect setting for family gatherings, anniversaries and weddings. It is also home to the Kaske House that now exhibits a small museum managed by the Munster Historical Society and the summer concert series "Sounds at Sunset" hosted by the parks and recreation department.

As for the Bieker Woods Nature Area, the large wooded preserve is home to a wide variety of regional plants and life. The natural setting feature several nature trails for you to walk through. It is also the site of the annual "Bieker Woods Night Walk" held every fall by the parks and recreation department.

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