It was founded in 1906 by a steel corporation, in order to be the headquarters of their steel plant. The city went through a period of uproar during the steel strike in 1919, and 4,000 federal troops had to be sent here to quell the rioters. The city's gradual downward spiral increased in the 1960's, when civil unrest began and crime increased.
Today, Gary is known for its ghost-town appearance, crime rate, poverty, slums, ruined buildings, and as the birthplace of the Jackson 5.
People Born in Gary
Gary in People's Lives
Kellan Lutz: I traveled here in 2009 to film scenes of the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. We filmed at City Methodist Church and around the city.