Steel: Boom Town 1965

Through the green fields that surround the little town of Hennepin, Ill. (pop. 350), surveyors tramped last week under the searing Midwestern sun. Since its founding in 1831 in the great bend of the Illinois River 112 miles west of Chicago, Hennepin has been largely bypassed and ignored by the world beyond. Its main industry is duck hunting, its greatest claim to fame the burial site of the Potawatomi chief, Senachwine. Hennepin may soon long for the simple days. The surveyors are setting down the boundaries of a huge new $600 million...

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