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Portage (1,2 pôr´təj; 3 pôr´tĬj). 1 Town (1990 pop. 29,060), Porter co., NW Ind., a suburb of Gary, on Lake Michigan; inc. 1959. The town, which was once surrounded by great industries, manufactures steel and a number of other goods. It is also a shipping center; Burns International Harbor, built in the 1970s, accommodates ocean vessels. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (see National Parks and Monuments, table) is nearby.

2 City (1990 pop. 46,042), Kalamazoo co., SW Mich.; inc. 1963. There is printing, tool and die manufacture, and motor vehicle assembly. Other manufactures include metal and plastic products and chemicals.

3 City (1990 pop. 8,640), seat of Columbia co., central Wis.; inc. 1854. In 1673, Louis Jolliet and Father Marquette were the first Europeans to use the important portage link in the water route from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. The path has become a ship canal, and the city is an agricultural trade center with some light manufacturing industry. Part of Fort Winnebago (1828) has been restored as a museum. Zona Gale and Frederick Jackson Turner were born in Portage.

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por·tage / ˈpôrtij/ • n. the carrying of a boat or its cargo between two navigable waters: the return journey was made much simpler by portage. ∎  a place at which this is necessary: a portage over the dam. ∎ archaic the action of carrying or transporting something. • v. [tr.] carry (a boat or its cargo) between navigable waters: they are incapable of portaging a canoe | [intr.] they would only run the rapid if they couldn't portage. ∎  [intr.] (of a boat) be carried between navigable waters: the cataracts meant that boats had to portage on to the Lualaba.

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Por·tage / ˈpôrtij/ 1. a port city in northwestern Indiana, on Lake Erie, east of Gary; pop. 29,060. 2. a city in southwestern Michigan, south of Kalamazoo; pop. 41,042.

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