Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
National Historical Park
The British flag would not be raised above Fort Sackville Feb. 25, 1779. At 10 a.m., the garrison surrendered to American Colonel George Rogers Clark. His American army, aided by French residents of the Illinois country, had marched through freezing floodwaters to gain this victory. The fort’s capture assured United States claims to the frontier, an area nearly as large as the original 13 states.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.
Lincoln City, IN
Abraham Lincoln spent fourteen years of his life and grew from youth into manhood (1816-1830) on this southern Indiana soil. Many of the character traits and moral values that made Abraham one of the world's most respected leaders were formed and nurtured here.
By The Numbers
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- 1,935,295 visitors to national parks (in 2013)
- $81,900,000 economic benefit from national park tourism (in 2013) »
- 1,807 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $764,928,143 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 39,777 hours donated by volunteers »
- 30 National Natural Landmarks »
- 39 National Historic Landmarks »
- $85,567,420 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 15,998 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $23,582,348 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 42 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 478 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 193,847 objects in national park museum collections »
- 4 threatened and endangered species in national parks »
- 215 archeological sites in national parks »
- 19 Certified Local Governments »
- 3 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
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