So while we were driving down I-94, my mom had a condition that alarmed us a little. She had pains in her back and chest, which got worse when she was drinking water. We felt it prudent to find the nearest hospital, which turned out to be in the small town of Michigan City, Indiana (population: 31,000).
This turned out to be quite an interesting little town. It has one of Indiana’s few lighthouses (as it’s on the short coast of Lake Michigan). It also has a coal plant that looks oddly like a nuclear power plant. The State Prison, which administers capital punishment, is there as well. (Fun fact! The room next to my mom’s in the hospital was guarded by a uniformed officer with badges identifying that he worked at the prison.) The town itself turned out to be interesting, as the storefronts looked like that they hadn’t changed in over 50 years.
Anyway, the people there were all wonderful. The hospital staff was gracious (despite having to work on the weekend and, more importantly, Mother’s Day), and the manager of the Sahara’s Restaurant was quite cool. (The Middle Eastern food was fantastic too… a surprise find in such a small town!)
Hey, Hollywood! Or authors! Or Elmore Leonard! If you’re looking for a quirky little town to set your latest work of fiction, Michigan City might be a place you’d want to consider.