Here is a USGS topo map from 1900. There are a number of interesting railroad historical details. East Chicago had been promoted in the late 1800s as an industrial center with rail access to all trunkline RRs via the Chicago & Calumet Terminal RR/Chicago Terminal Transfer RR. PRR subsidiary SC&S built a joint line with the C&CT from Clarke Station west to the Illinois state line - the State Line & Indiana City. Clarke Station was also a junction with the Wabash and EJ&E predecessor Chicago Lake Shore & Eastern. The Indiana Harbor Canal is shown but was still in the planning stage. Inland Steel didn't begin construction at Indiana Harbor until 1901. Construction of USS Gary Works had not begun either and NYC predecessor Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and the B&O crossed at Miller rather than Indiana Harbor.
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