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Chicago’s Harbors: From the Chicago to the Calumet Rivers

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Calumet Harbor

Calumet Harbor, 1959

Calumet Harbor became a world port in 1959, with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Large, oceanworthy ships could use the updated Calumet Harbor.

See also: Calumet Region

Ships in Calumet Harbor, 1973

Transoceanic Terminal near the entrance to Calumet River, 1973. Improvements to the Calumet Harbor made it the premier port in the region.

See also: Economic Geography

Calumet Region

Politicians who established the Illinois-Indiana boundary showed no regard for the beach-ridge controlled geography of the Grand Calumet and Little Calumet rivers, nor have later engineers and businessmen intent on industrializing their watershed. The natural courses of drainage have been thoroughly redesigned for urban and industrial convenience.

See also: Calumet Region; Water