Travis Ditch
Prior to 1934, the City of La Porte (like most cities during this time period) discharged it's untreated sewage directly into the environment.

In La Porte's situation, since there were no natural rivers of streams to carry the waste away, a man-made ditch (which was later to be called Travis Ditch) was dug southwards to carry the waste away from the city and towards the Kankakee River.