Exercise-Editing for clear, short webtext


Here is a passage that needs serious revision. Try to reduce it to roughly 150 words. You can break it into no more than two chunks, each with its own subheader.

Chesterton, after decades first as a logging town and mining center, and then as a seriously depressed community that very nearly became a ghost t0wn, is now making a comeback as a a major tourist destination. Beginning in 1891 as a company town build by the Chesterton Logging Company, the town grew to become a thriving community of over 3000 men, women, and children. During World War I, the population grew still more to meet the demand for spruce to build airplanes, so the population rose to almost 4000. After the war, a zinc mine went into operation at the base of Mount Freeman (named for pioneer trapper Daniel Freeman, who conducted an exploration of the region in the 1820s). The conduct of mining operations resulted in great prosperity in the late 1920s, even after the Chesterton sawmill shut down. But then with the Great Depression the zinc market collapsed and hundreds of workers lost their jobs. Chesterton’s population shrank to not much more than 300 souls; the town was at death’s door.

After World War II, however, the creation of Chesterton Regional Park brought about a new rebirth of the town. As tourism began to grow, the community found a new lease on life catering to skiers, hikers, and campers. In the past 10 or 20 years, Chesterton has seen development of world-class skiing at High Corniche, the North American Kayak Championships at Roaring Creek, and a booming whitewater rafting business that puts almost 200 rafts into the Old Horse River every summer season. With 1200 year-round residents, Chesterton is now a major recreation center and eco-tourism destination.

My summary of the article

From a very nearly became a ghost town, Chesterton is now a major recreation center and eco-tourism destination. It is after the creation of Chesterton Regional Park that the town received more skiers, hikers, and campers. The community of 1200 year-round residents also becomes more energetic and active than before when tourism began to grow. Chesterton has seen development of world-class skiing and a booming whitewater rafting business.

Early time of Chesterton

In 1891, the Chesterton Logging Company found the town that later became a thriving community of over 3000 men, women, and children during World War I. The mining industry started operating after the war which resulted in great prosperity in the late 1920s. However, the Great Depression caused hundreds of workers to lose their jobs and that bring the town to the death’s door until the World War II ended.

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About Saoyuth

A graduate in Media Management with experiences working as a reporter with local and international news institutions, a multimedia team leader and a TV Producer for a LIVE News Show. Currently, I am a freelance video maker and social media consultant.

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