Category talk:Portages

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I take it that this page isn't for portages but rather for pages concerning the word "portage", as the city of Portage, Indiana, is not named for any portage, nor does it have any portage in it. IanHistor 20:52, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

No, you are wrong on both counts:
  1. this category is for portages, not just things called "portage".
  2. Portage, Indiana is located on the continental divide that separates the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean watersheds from the Gulf of Mexico watershed. (See Chicago Portage)
-- Petri Krohn 03:26, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Ok, then I was wrong about this being for other uses of portage.
Yes, the continental divide passes through this region (though not actually Portage, Indiana). I see you add material on Wikipedia about a number of interesting topics. I assume you will be interested to learn that it is a fact that Portage, Indiana, was not named for the Chicago Portage or any other portage across that continental divide or even any other portage. It is certain that the Town of Portage (which now is the City of Portage) was named after the township which it is in -- Portage Township. If you, unlike me, consider indirect namings still to be relevant, Portage Township was not named after a portage either. I have not personally researched the matter but all local histories agree that Portage Township was named for where its pioneer settlers came from -- Portage, Ohio.
Ok, but couldn't there still have been a portage here, between the Little Calumet River and Lake Michigan? No. I am certain there was no historic portage within Portage, Indiana, and, even if there had been (instead of where they actually were -- east, in Burns Harbor, and west, in Gary), it would not have been within Portage Township, as the original township did not include the land between the river and the lake, as it does today. It's fun to take guesses about where place names came from but what appears obvious is not always true. IanHistor 22:55, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

You may be right. Feel free to remove the category. -- Petri Krohn 05:36, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

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It seems to me that [[portage]s are part of transportation of people and canoes by water, and therefore this category has {{WikiProject Transport|class=category|importance=NA}} on this talk page.--DThomsen8 (talk) 03:36, 27 September 2014 (UTC)