by Joseph S. Pete,

Chris Light [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

In the late 19th century, Indiana’s most popular landmark was the Hoosier Slide, a massive sand dune that towered 200 feet above the Michigan City lakefront.

Tourists visited from Chicago and elsewhere to ascend the giant dune that was covered in clump grass and scrub trees, and whose crest offered a panoramic view of the Lake Michigan shoreline. As the name suggests, thrill-seekers used it as a slide, tumbling down to the beach.

But industrialists mined the Hoosier Slide and melted the sand down to make glass, including for Ball canning jars.

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