Historical Images of Porter County

The Old Trading Post. This log cabin was used as a store by Joseph Bailly, a trader, who built it in 1822. Baillytown, near Porter, P. O. Chesterton, Indiana.
Baillytown, Indiana

Date: Circa 1950
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: C. R. Childs Company (#33305)
Postmark: None
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: Joseph Bailly (Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein) arrived in Porter County in 1822 with his family and household goods. At that time, the area was largely inhabited with Pottawatomie Indians. When locating his home along the banks of the Little Calumet River and the intersection of the Tolleston Beach Trail and the north branch of the Sauk Trail, Bailly thought he was locating in Michigan territory, where he had lived for many years prior in the Mackinac area.

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Image and related text prepared by Steven R. Shook


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