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Hammond, Indiana, a little more ...
Hammond is a city in Lake County and part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
The first permanent residents arrived around 1847 to settle on land between the Grand and Little Calumet Rivers, on the South end of Lake Michigan. Those first residents were German farmers newly arrived from Europe looking for land and opportunity. Before that time, the area was a crossroad for Indian tribes, explorers, stagecoach lines and supply lines to the West.
Convenient location and abundant fresh water from Lake Michigan led to the beginning of Hammond's industrialization with the G.H. Hammond Company packing house in 1869. Hammond was incorporated on April 21, 1884 and is the oldest city in Lake County.
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