"The Swedish Communities Roots" Porter Off The Beaten Path Tip by Toughluck
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Part of Porter's early history is linked to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. After the fire, many Swedes who had been living in Chicago had lost their homes. The Swedish Lutheran Church in Lake County helped those folks get resettled into northern Indiana on farms. This became the Swedish Community where the French Baillytown was planned nearly 50 years earlier. More on the farms can be found at my Swedish FarmsTravelogue
The best reminder of this community is the Augsburg Lutheran Church on Mineral Springs Road at West Beam Street. The Porter community opened their own church and it has thrived ever since. The cemetery includes many of the early pioneers and their descendents.
If you drive north to Oak Hill Road, you'll be able to see the original Skola or school. This building served as the church and school in the early years. A cemetery crowns the hill behind it. Please respect the property as it is privately owned.
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