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INCORPORATE TO PRESERVE SAND DUNES
The National Dunes Park association, with headquarters in Gary, has filed articles of incorporation with Ed Jackson, secretary of state. The object of the association is to "secure, establish, improve and perpetuate a public natural park, or parks, along the southerly shore of Lake Michigan."

The directors of the company include Arminius F. Knotts of Gary, Thomas W. Allinson of Chicago and many others. The names of approximately 100 incorporators are signed to the papers. The plan of the organization is to form some definite scheme under which the dunes along the south shore of Lake Michigan can be preserved as a state or national park.


LA PORTE COUNTY WANTS PARK
The effort to secure the dunes for a great national park has my hearty support and I trust the movement will succeed before they are destroyed by sand pits and switch yards.

Nothing is more beautiful than the dune as nature makes it, and nothing is more desolate than the dune when man has used it.

JAMES F. GALLAHER
Judge LaPorte Circuit Court
PARK IS VITAL.
It seems to me that every effort shoud be made now to preserve the dunes as a national or state park. I am in the most hearty sympathy with this movement and believe that the preservation of these dunes is of vital welfare to the entire central region of the United States.
WILLIAM WIRT,
Superintendent of Schools, Gary.
GOV. LOWDEN SUPPORTS MOVE.
Gov. Lowden of Illinois states:
"I am heartily in sympathy with the project for saving 'The Dunes.' They have natural beauty and at the same time are very suggestive of the early days, before this portion of the country was settled. I should like to see them incorporated into a national park."

OVERLOOKING LAKE MICHIGAN
overlooking the Lake
--Photograph by R. W. Flowers.
This might well be Japan.
A LETTER FROM JUDGE GARY
ELBERT H. GARY
71 BROADWAY
NEW YORK
March Twenty-third, 1917.
Dear Madam:--
I am very much interested in the Dune Park movement in Indiana and am pleased that you and many others are taking an active interest. I think those sand dunes should be preserved and a large park established for the benefit of the public. I am hoping for the endorsement and aid of the National Government and the State of Indiana and for such personal encouragement as will insure the success of this most worthy and desirable movement.
Yours truly,
[E. H. Gary]
Mrs. F. J. Sheehan,
569 Tyler Street,
Gary, Indiana.
Julius Rosenwald: Whereas national parks have been created in parts of the country sparsely populated, here is an opportunity to make a park very close to the center of the country's population. Such a park would bring many visitors to this center with resulting physical benefits of much importance. All education is secondary to an education in nature.
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Posted 29th June; last updated 4th July, 2001.
 

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