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A Historic Neighborhood Where Cars Park on the Sidewalks

Marktown, dubbed one of the “seven wonders of Northwest Indiana,” is best known for being the only town in North America where the cars park on the sidewalks and the people walk in the streets. It was featured on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” for this reason, but this former company town also has a rich and interesting history. 

Built in 1917, the neighborhood was designed by noted Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in the English Tudor Revival style, with all but three of the original 200 residential homes built with a stucco exterior. The idea was to create quality worker homes for employees of Clayton Mark’s steel pipe manufacturing firm, encouraging them to stick around and stay with the company.


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