Portage 1, 2 pôr´təj 3 pôr´tĭj [key]. 1 Town (1990 pop. 29,060), Porter co., NW Ind., a suburb of Gary, on Lake Michigan inc. 1959. The town, which was once surrounded by great industries, manufactures steel and a number of other goods. It is also a shipping center Burns International Harbor, built in the 1970s, accommodates ocean vessels. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (see National Parks and Monuments , table) is nearby.

2 City (1990 pop. 46,042), Kalamazoo co., SW Mich. inc. 1963. There is printing, tool and die manufacture, and motor vehicle assembly. Other manufactures include metal and plastic products and chemicals.

3 City (1990 pop. 8,640), seat of Columbia co., central Wis. inc. 1854. In 1673, Louis Jolliet and Father Marquette were the first Europeans to use the important portage link in the water route from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. The path has become a ship canal, and the city is an agricultural trade center with some light manufacturing industry. Part of Fort Winnebago (1828) has been restored as a museum. Zona Gale and Frederick Jackson Turner were born in Portage.

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