I have a sensitive spot for all things Midwest. And yes, despite the occasional disparaging, that even includes Indiana.
LaPorte, a small town near where I grew up (safely over the Michigan border…see, there I go again), is achieving brand new celebrity with the release of Jason Bitner’s book, titled ever-so-cleverly LaPorte, Indiana. Bitner, the co-creater of Found Magazine, uses the book as a space to revel in the “treasure trove” of photos he found of LaPorte resident of the 1950s and ’60s when he was in town for a demolition derby.
While I am certainly guilty of romanticizing the Midwest sometimes, it’s a strange thing to hear an “outsider” romantacize it. The photos, though, are beautiful.
The roads become smaller and more affected by the quiet rolls of pastureland and the out-of-place vineyard. You’ll pass a small airport, some garage sales and cigarette stores, and a few horses. You’ll cross the train tracks, which supplied this former vacation destination with visitors from Chicago. And before long, Lake Michigan and her surrounding sandy dunes will be left in the rearview mirror, and a smallish Midwestern town will appear near the edge of South Pine Lake.…