Before the arrival of the Standard Oil Company, the population of WHITING was too small to be incorporated as a town. During this time, most of the settlers were Germans, but as Whiting was selected as a site for Standard Oil's refinery, more people came to construct the refinery.
A local government was also needed to provide the citizens with a supply of pure water, a sewage system, streets & sidewalks and fire protection. In 1892, the first effort was made to incorporate Whiting as a town. In 1903, the population boomed to over 4000 people and was finally incorporated as a city on May 4, 1903.
Herbert "POP" Whiting is known as the father of Whiting. The city is situated near the shores of Lake Michigan in the northwestern corner of Indiana, bordering the state of Illinois.
For decades Whiting has presented one of the most memorable July 4th parades that I can remember. Everyone from near & far crowd in along 119th St. to view the colorful floats and bands and social groups. It creates such pride among the crowd to see friends and family members as they march by waving their hands and shouting greetings to the on-lookers. When the parade has ended (a few hrs)everyone proceeds to the park at the lake (Michigan)for fun times at the carnival that comes into town each year, or to begin the family picnics which last the entire day, awaiting the finale of spectacular Fireworks! The crowds are never disappointed with this celebration; I even hear people talking about their plans for the next year as they're leaving the park when all is over. Come join us next time; you won't be disappointed and you'll never forget the experience.
Fondest memory: I like to share an event that is hosted by the Parks Department in December. Just after the holidays there's a gathering in an empty lot in town where the used Christmas trees are piled high and wide. Residents come bundled up to participated in the traditional 12th day celebration; sipping on hot chocolate or cider and singing carols together. It's a wonderful time to meet and reflect on our blessings & friendships. The event is climaxed with the burning of the trees; it's awesome, and peaceful.
Go to the beach. You can see the skyline of Chicago from Whihala beach if you look to the left. To the right you will see a wall of steel mills and oil refineries, but try to ignore that.
Fondest memory: Wow, that is tough, I've spent so much time there. Sitting on the beach from sunset to sunrise hanging out with friends, those days I am very nostalgic about.