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Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068 at the 2010 census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the tri-towns or the Duneland area.HistoryChesterton was originally called Calumet, and under the latter name was platted in 1852 when the railroad was extended to that point. Chesterton was incorporated as a town in 1899.In 1933, a United Airlines NC13304 flight became the first known case of an attack against an aircraft. It was downed by a nitroglycerine bomb above Chesterton on October 10, 1933. All 7 people aboard the aircraft—four passengers and a crew of three—were killed in the crash.In 1958, Evan Murrs created and patented the first electric bicycle powered by Lithium-Ion batteries in the shop class at Chesterton High School.The Chesterton Commercial Historic District and the George Brown Mansion are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Plan your vacation with our United States trip planner and discover the best things to do in Chesterton.
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