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The following article is brought to you by the doctor abuse attorneys of Hammond. We hope you learn more about the history of Hammond and discover more of the city.

Hammond: A Brief History

Hammond is among one of the oldest cities in the northern portion of Lake County, Indiana. Part of the Chicago metropolitan area, it is the only city in the state to border Chicago. In 1847, the first permanent residents (German farmers) settled in the area between the Grand and Little Calumet Rivers. Seeing the abundance of fresh water from Lake Michigan and the convenient location, the George H. Hammond Company meat-packing plant was moved to the area in 1869.

On April 21, 1884, Hammond was incorporated and named after the Detroit butcher George Hammond. After he got his patent for a refrigerator car design in 1868, his company's large packing house in the Hammond rivaled those at the Union Stock Yard in Chicago. However, after his death in 1886, the company was acquired by the giant Chicago packers and merged into their National Packing Co.

As an industrial city, Hammond's population skyrocketed in the 1960s, reaching 111,698 residents. During the 1970s and 1980s, like many other industrial cities in the Rust Belt, Hammond went into a decline. Nonetheless, its economy was more diverse and also depended on:

  • Light Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Hospitality and Food Service

Major manufacturing companies in the city are Unilever's soap factory, Cargill food processing, Atlas Tube, Munster Steel, Jupiter Aluminum, Lear Seating Corporation, Dover Chemical, and Tri-State Automation.

Today, Hammond has an area of 24.886 square miles. 22.78 square miles of which is land, and 2.106 square miles is water. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 80,830. This makes Hammond the largest city in Lake County in terms of population.

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Historic Sites

Like most cities, Hammond is full of history. There are many properties and districts in the area that represent the city throughout its early days.

Those who have been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) includes the Forest-Ivanhoe Residential Historic District, Forest-Moraine Residential Historic District, Forest-Southview Residential Historic District, Glendale Park Historic District, Hohman Avenue Commercial Historic District, Indi-Illi Park Historic District, Pullman-Standard Historic District, Roselawn-Forest Heights Historic District, State Street Commercial Historic District, Morse Dell Plain House and Garden, George John Wolf House, Northern States Life Insurance Company, Southmoor Apartment Hotel, and State Bank of Hammond Building.

Horseshoe Casino Hammond

Horseshoe Casino Hammond is a 400,000-square-foot casino opened in 1996 as Empress Casino. Owned by Vici Properties and leased back to Caesars Entertainment, it was rebranded in 2001 and opened in its new vessel in 2008. Designed by Friedmutter Group, the riverboat casino features gaming, entertainment, lounges, restaurants and bars. It offers over 3,000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables, and the largest poker room in the Midwest, with 34 tables. Other amenities that the property include are two feature bars, a VIP lounge, and "The Venue" entertainment space designed by Canadian designer Sceno Plus. In 2019, the riverboat stopped its operation and moved the casino to dry land.

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is a park on Parrish Avenue in Hammond. The 179-acre state-dedicated nature preserve is home to a unique and rare dune and swale ecosystem. It is owned and managed by the Lake County Parks and opens Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March to October. To preserve the rare and endangered plants, animals and habitat in the park, visitors should stay on the designated trails and are not allowed to bring pets, bicycles and vehicles.

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If you have been subjected to sexual violence by a medical professional during your doctor visit, contact our Hammond doctor abuse lawyers to get started on taking legal action against your offender. We will discuss the legal options you have available and help you in getting justice for yourself. Call now to schedule a free case review.

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