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La Porte, Indiana

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La Porte French for "The Door" is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States, of which it is the county seat6 Its population was 22,053 at the 2010 census It is one of the two principal cities of the Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area

LaPorte is located in northwest Indiana, east of Gary, and west of South Bend and was first settled in 1832 The current mayor of La Porte, Blair Milo, is one of the youngest mayors in the city's history, elected to the position in 2011 at the age of 28

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2010 census
    • 32 2000 census
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Education
    • 51 Primary and secondary education
  • 6 Features
    • 61 Places of interest
  • 7 Parks and recreation
  • 8 City events
  • 9 Media
    • 91 Paper
    • 92 Broadcast
      • 921 Radio
  • 10 Notable people
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Historyedit

The settlement of La Porte was established in July 1832 Abraham P Andrew, one of the purchasers of the site, constructed the first sawmill in that year The first settler arrived in October, building a permanent cabin just north of what would become the Courthouse square7 In 1833 a Federal Land Office was established in La Porte People would come to this office from newly established surrounding counties to buy land from the government, including Solon Robinson, founder of Crown Point8 The office was moved to Winamac in 18399

By 1835 the settlement had grown to the extent that it was decided that La Porte should become incorporated as a town A newspaper was established in 1836 and La Porte Medical School was founded in 1842, the first of its kind in the Midwest A former graduate of the school William Worrall Mayo established the famed Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 1889 By 1852 La Porte had become a well-established settlement of considerable size for its time and vicinity, with 5,000 residents In that same year it was granted a city charter by the Indiana General Assembly and the first mayor was elected10 La Porte continued to grow, attracting numerous diverse industries, the largest of which became the Advance-Rumely company Advance-Rumely was responsible for developing the Oil-Pull tractor engine, considered to have played a pivotal role in the agricultural development of the Great Plains By 1869, Advance-Rumely was the largest employer in La Porte11

During the 1850s numerous maple trees were planted along Indiana and Michigan avenues in La Porte by local resident Sebastian Lay Subsequently, La Porte became known as the 'Maple City' Today, Indiana and Michigan avenues comprise a historic district in the city, containing many homes and other structures of architectural and historical interest Between 1892 and 1894, the third and current LaPorte county courthouse was erected at a cost of $300,000 The structure is built of red sandstone from Lake Superior, shipped via boat to Michigan City and then by rail to La Porte The courthouse is considered to be one of La Porte's best known structures12 In 2007 the building had its exterior extensively restored at a cost of $29 million13

La Porte is also well known for the area of which Belle Gunness serial murders took place Belle moved to the United States in 1881 in search of wealth Belle had posted many notices in lovelorn columns in hopes to attracted wealthy men She would attract these men to her farmland, and mysteriously they would all disappear Not only did she murder the wealthy men she attracted, but also her adopted daughter, and her foster children The remains of over forty men and children were found on her property Belle eventually burned her own house down, and made it look as if she died inside, although the body found was not hers Belle withdrew most of her money from her bank accounts, then skipped town She was never tracked down, and her death has never actually been confirmed

Geographyedit

La Porte is located at 41°36′33″N 86°43′3″W / 4160917°N 8671750°W / 4160917; -8671750 41609057, -8671756714

According to the 2010 census, La Porte has a total area of 1237 square miles 3204 km2, of which 1166 square miles 3020 km2 or 9426% is land and 071 square miles 184 km2 or 574% is water US Route 35 passes through La Porte1

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1850 1,824
1860 5,028 1757%
1870 6,581 309%
1880 6,195 −59%
1890 7,126 150%
1900 7,113 −02%
1910 10,525 480%
1920 15,158 440%
1930 15,755 39%
1940 16,180 27%
1950 17,882 105%
1960 21,157 183%
1970 22,140 46%
1980 21,796 −16%
1990 21,507 −13%
2000 21,621 05%
2010 22,053 20%
Est 2015 21,916 −06%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 censusedit

As of the census2 of 2010, there were 22,053 people, 8,962 households, and 5,362 families residing in the city The population density was 1,8913 inhabitants per square mile 7302/km2 There were 9,992 housing units at an average density of 8569 per square mile 3309/km2 The racial makeup of the city was 886% White, 30% African American, 03% Native American, 05% Asian, 49% from other races, and 26% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 112% of the population

There were 8,962 households of which 316% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 392% were married couples living together, 149% had a female householder with no husband present, 58% had a male householder with no wife present, and 402% were non-families 330% of all households were made up of individuals and 146% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 239 and the average family size was 304

The median age in the city was 362 years 245% of residents were under the age of 18; 95% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 267% were from 25 to 44; 242% were from 45 to 64; and 153% were 65 years of age or older The gender makeup of the city was 482% male and 518% female

2000 censusedit

As of the census4 of 2000, there were 21,621 people, 8,916 households, and 5,545 families residing in the city The population density was 1,8868 people per square mile 7284/km² There were 9,667 housing units at an average density of 8436 per square mile 3257/km² The racial makeup of the city was 9260% White, 192% African American, 037% Native American, 038% Asian, 339% from other races, and 133% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 652% of the population

There were 8,916 households out of which 298% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 454% were married couples living together, 123% had a female householder with no husband present, and 378% were non-families 319% of all households were made up of individuals and 144% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 236 and the average family size was 298

In the city, the population was spread out with 245% under the age of 18, 96% from 18 to 24, 291% from 25 to 44, 203% from 45 to 64, and 167% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 36 years For every 100 females there were 935 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 901 males

The median income for a household in the city was $35,376, and the median income for a family was $45,784 Males had a median income of $32,319 versus $22,756 for females The per capita income for the city was $17,900 About 77% of families and 110% of the population were below the poverty line, including 132% of those under age 18 and 131% of those age 65 or over

Governmentedit

LaPorte City Hall

The government consists of a mayor and a city council The mayor is elected in citywide vote The city council consists of seven members Five are elected from individual districts Two are elected at-large

Educationedit

The La Porte Community School Corporation serves approximately 6,500 students

Primary and secondary educationedit

  • Public schools
    • La Porte Community Schools
      • La Porte High School
      • Kesling Middle School
      • Boston Middle School
      • Crichfield Elementary
      • Hailmann Elementary
      • Handley Elementary
      • Indian Trail Elementary
      • Kingsbury Elementary
      • Kingsford Heights Elementary
      • Lincoln Elementary
      • Riley Elementary
      • South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative
  • Private schools
    • La Lumiere School 9-12
    • Saint John Lutheran School K-8
    • St Joseph's School PK-5 -- closed June, 2012
    • Door Prairie Adventist Christian School PK-8
    • Renaissance Academy PK-8

With eight state baseball titles, LaPorte High School holds the distinction of winning the greatest number in Indiana1617

Featuresedit

The famous Advance-Rumely tractor company was established in La Porte where it developed steam engines and eponymous green kerosene tractors

LaPorte has been featured in an occasional movie, including Prancer 1989, A Piece of Eden 2000, Treadmill 2006, Providence 2009 and Woman's Prison 2009

LaPorte was once the home of the world-famous Parsons Horological Institute, founded in the 1890s and still extant as part of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois

LaPorte was the eastern terminus of the Chicago – New York Electric Air Line Railroad, an ambitious early high-speed rail project

Author JK Rowling has a Portkey Key to the City for La Porte It was presented to her by Emerson Spartz18

Places of interestedit

  • La Porte Little Theatre Club, founded in 1925 is one of the oldest and longest running live community theatre groups in the country
  • La Porte County Historical Society which features several historic displays including the Kesling Automobile Collection which consists of more than 30 vintage and rare automobiles
  • C Thaddeus Gallery
  • The Indiana and Michigan Avenues Historic District, Downtown LaPorte Historic District, Francis H Morrison House, and Marion Ridgeway Polygonal Barn are listed in the National Register of Historic Places1920

Parks and recreationedit

La Porte has an extensive city park district

Parks

Allesee Park , Boyd Boulevard – is a 6-acre neighborhood park on the south side of the city It was developed adjacent to a housing subdivision to provide recreational facilities to the neighborhood Park includes a Ball Diamond, Basketball Half-Court, Benches, Parking, Playground, and a Walking Track Improvements were made in 2000 thanks to a donation by the Allesee family to the La Porte Park Foundation
Ben Rees Park , Scott Street – Ben Rees Park is a 15-acre parcel that is half of a square block located near the Civic Auditorium The park was the site of the Fourth Ward School in the early 1900s The school was demolished in the 1920s and the property was donated to the city in the 1940s The park was named in honor of Ben C Rees, a local attorney and school board member A new playground, basketball court and gazebo shelter were installed through the help of community volunteers and contributions
Bill Reed Tennis Complex 2150 A Street – Features several Tennis courts, parking, water fountains and Pavilion
Charles W Lindewald Park, Park Street – is considered La Porte’s first park A parcel of land, 94 acres on Lower Lake, was purchased in 1890 The original parcel contained a notable grove of white oaks, of which a few stands of this native timber still remains The park today is a popular site for family reunions and picnics Facilities include a picnic shelter with grills, playground, restrooms, water fountains, ball diamond, Basketball Half-Court and 12 lighted horseshoe pits, which are home to the La Porte Horseshoe Pitches Association
Clarke Field, Farrand Avenue – is a two square block area of 6 acres that was a donation to the city in the late 1930s The park is generally surrounded with tall, mature fir evergreen trees that provide a buffer for the adjacent residential areas The main recreational usage at Clarke Field are two ball diamonds, one used primarily by the La Porte High School junior varsity and La Porte Babe Ruth Baseball and the other for younger age levels The park also contains a playground, Ball Diamonds $5000 Add-on, a Concession Stand, Water Fountains, and public restrooms
Fox Memorial Park, Truesdale Avenue – originally started in 1911 with only 15 acres, has grown today to 170 acres of scenic beauty In the early 1900s, flowers, shrubs, and trees were planted to further beautify the hills of mature oak, hawthorn and wild apple The entire park was landscaped and strolling paths developed Fox Memorial Park includes Clear Lake, which encompasses approximately 100 acres of the total park Today, Fox Memorial Park can be considered one of La Porte’s finest parks It still contains much of its scenic beauty The trees planted in the early 1900s have matured to provide a scenic environment Active recreational facilities have been developed at the park as the demand for such activities have increased The park offers ball diamonds, including Ron Reed Field; basketball; playgrounds; picnic shelters with grills; fishing; boating; water fountains; walking and fitness trials; and Thrills ‘n’ Spills Skate Park The park also contains the Dennis F Smith Amphitheatre, home to various special events including the Arts in the Park program
Hastings Park Monroe St – Small park, features a playground and benches
Kesling Park 2150 A Street –is located on the southern edge of the community It started with a small 2-acre land donation and has since grown through additional donations by the Kesling family to the present day size of 90 acres Today, residents from all of La Porte enjoy the modern facilities including four ball diamonds, six tennis courts, a walking and nature trail, soccer fields, basketball courts, sledding hill and picnic shelters The park also contains Fort La Play Porte, a large community-built playground
Koomler Park Miller Street – covers 4 acres in southern La Porte It was initially a play area developed by the federal government in the 1940s for children of the workers at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant In 1962, this land was transferred to the city for exclusive use as a park Today, Koomler Park serves the residents of Maple Terrace and offers a ball diamond, basketball court and playground
"LaPark" 1st Street - adjacent to Bethany Lutheran Church
Rumley Park Home Street is a 4-acre neighborhood park that was purchased and developed entirely with federal funds in 1980 It was actually a replacement park for the former Marquette Park, which was located four blocks away Marquette Park was a piece of donated land that was unsuitable and unbuildable for a park Rumley Park offers a basketball court, playground, picnic facilities and fishing
Scott Field Jefferson Avenue was the result of another land donation of a developer Originally, in the layout of Scott’s Second Addition, 5 acres in the middle of the new housing development was left as a neighborhood play area The land was donated to the City of La Porte in 1923 It wasn’t until 1952 that the Park Department entered a 99-year lease, for $1 per year, with the school corporation The park currently includes a shelter, playground, ball diamond, open play, half-court basketball and picnic facilities
Soldiers Memorial Park 250 Pine Lake Ave, dedicated in 1928 and containing 556 acres It is the largest city park and widely known for its forested beauty, water sports and organized recreational activities The park encompasses all of Stone Lake, 140 acres of water and all but 628 feet of shoreline Also the park provides a variety of active and passive recreational activities including swimming, playgrounds, diamond sports softball, baseball and t-ball, volleyball, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, fishing and boating Within its gently rolling terrain, the property is approximately 85 percent woodlands and water Access is available to Stone Lake, Pine Lake, Crane Lake and Craven Pond Nature trails have been developed through a stand of native trees, allowing environmental education opportunities Soldiers Memorial Park is also the site of the Park Department Office and maintenance facilities, as well as Cummings Lodge
Stone Lake Beach 300 Grangemouth Drive is a public beach with a volleyball courts, playground, picnic shelter, concession stand, and public restrooms
Warsaw Tot Lot Warsaw Street is a small playground of less than 1 acre in size The triangular piece of land was donated to the city in 1946 and was developed in 1980 with funding from a federal grant The play equipment has been recently updated thanks to a donation from the La Porte Park Foundation Park also has a basketball half-court
Pine Lake Beach Pine Lake Avenue is a public beach with picnic tables, a newly built walk-way across the beach, and a picnic shelter including a grill
Ski-Beach Waverly Road is a public beach with picnic tables and grills This beach is commonly used by boaters, and has a channel connecting Pine Lake to Stone Lake

Lakes

  • Clear Lake
  • Crane Lake
  • Fish Trap Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Lily Lake
  • Lower Lake
  • Orr Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Stone Lake

Golf

  • Legacy Hills Golf Club
  • Beechwood Golf Course
  • Briar Leaf Golf Club

Public Activities

  • Fitness Fridays
  • Saturdays in the Sun
  • Saturday Farmers Market

City eventsedit

La Porte hosts several festivals and events every year:

  • The La Porte County Fair is Indiana’s oldest County Fair The County Fair consists of carnival attractions and hosts a variety of shows such as a demolition derby, Monster truck races, and live musical performances The next County Fair is scheduled for July 12–18, 2016
  • The Sunflower Fair held in beautiful, historic Downtown La Porte is one of the largest area festivals with over 100 craft and nonprofit vendors, food, entertainment, rides and more A unique fair that celebrates everything fall and community The Fair comes downtown every 3rd Saturday in September Save the Date for the 17th Annual Sunflower Fair September 19, 2015!
  • La Porte Cruise Night, sponsored by the Michiana Antique Auto Club, is held annually in La Porte More than 400 antique vehicles drive around the city The next Cruise night is expected on June 13, 2015
  • The Maple City Grand Prix will be holding their 4th Annual event June 3-5, 2016 The full field of 15 F1 boats and 13 F-Lights boats excited the thousands who lined Stone Lake Beach and Lakeshore Drive for three full days of racing, as well as the great crowds that ventured downtown La Porte Saturday night for the boat parade and block party
  • Tour de La Porte is an annual bike ride, running and walking event to benefit patients with cancer in the community The next event is scheduled for August 19–21, 2016, Registration can be done on the website

Mediaedit

Paperedit

LaPorte Herald-Argus is the only newspaper serving the City of LaPorte

Broadcastedit

La Porte receives television broadcasts and other radio broadcasts from Chicago and South Bend

Radioedit

Radio stations in LaPorte include WCOE, 967 FM, and WLOI, 1540 AM

Notable peopleedit

  • Dorothy Christ: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Belle Gunness: Serial Killer
  • Abram Andrew: United States Representative from Massachusetts
  • Chuck Baldwin: Baptist minister and 2008 Presidential nominee of the Constitution Party
  • Chris Bootcheck: Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • John C Chapple: Wisconsin legislator and newspaper editor
  • Art Cross: former race car driver; first Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500
  • Brian Ebersole: MMA veteran; UFC welterweight division fighter
  • Peter Kesling, American Orthodontist
  • Daniel Edwards: figurative sculptor and artist
  • Charlie O Finley: owner of the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics 1960-80
  • Belle Gunness: serial killer
  • Harold Handley: Governor of Indiana
  • Hazel Harrison: pianist, known as the premiere black pianist of her time
  • Ashley Hinshaw: actress and Abercrombie & Fitch model
  • Rear Admiral Royal R Ingersoll: US Navy veteran
  • Landsman Walter P Johnstone AKA William P Johnston, USS HIndmand, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient source canadianmedalofhonorcom
  • Paul Rowland Julian: meteorologist who with Roland A Madden discovered the atmospheric phenomena known as the Madden-Julian oscillation
  • Karl Paul Link: biochemist best known for his discovery of the anticoagulant warfarin
  • Alvera Mickelsen: writer and advocate of Christian feminism21
  • William Worrall Mayo: founder of the Mayo Clinic
  • Isamu Noguchi: Japanese-American artist and landscape architect
  • Tom Nowatzke: former National Football League running back
  • Tony Raines: NASCAR driver
  • Ron Reed: MLB pitcher, All-Star and World Series champion
  • John G Roberts: Chief Justice of the United States
  • William Scholl: founder of Dr Scholl's
  • Slug Signorino: commercial artist; illustrator for The Straight Dope
  • Scott Skiles: head coach of NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic
  • Emerson Spartz: founder of MuggleNet, most-visited Harry Potter web site in the world, and GivesMeHope
  • Wilbur F Storey: newspaper publisher
  • David Willis: web cartoonist known for It's Walky!, Shortpacked! and Dumbing of Age
  • Dick Alban: former NFL defensive back and Pro-Bowler

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-07-29 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2012-12-11 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2013-06-25 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  6. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  7. ^ http://wwwcityoflaportecom/vis_historyasp Official Website of the City of La Porte, History of La Porte Retrieved 03/12/10
  8. ^ Moore, Powell A; The Calumet Region, Indiana’s Last Frontier; Indiana Historical Collections, Vol XXXIX; Indiana Historical Bureau, Reprint 1977
  9. ^ http://wwwingov/icpr/2605htm Indiana Commission on Public Records Retrieved 03/12/10
  10. ^ History of La Porte County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages, and Townships C C Chapman & Co 1880 p 627 
  11. ^ http://wwwcityoflaportecom/vis_historyasp Official Website of the City of LaPorte, History of La Porte Retrieved 03/12/10
  12. ^ http://wwwcityoflaportecom/vis_historyasp Official Website of the City of La Porte, History of La Porte Retrieved 10/10/10
  13. ^ http://wwwkenhercegcom/pdfs/portfolio_architecturalpdf Ken Herceg & Associates Retrieved 10/10/10
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  16. ^ http://wwwihsaaorg/dnn/Sports/Boys/Baseball/TeamStateChampions/tabid/94/Defaultaspx IHSAA Historical Information Retrieved 03/12/10
  17. ^ "IHSAA State Champions by School" IHSAA Retrieved 5 October 2013 
  18. ^ name="PortKeys">"Portkeys" 
  19. ^ National Park Service 2010-07-09 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  20. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings" Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 9/29/14 through 10/03/14 National Park Service 2014-10-10 
  21. ^ Painter, Kristen Leigh 2016-07-20 "Obituary: Professor, nonprofit leader Alvera Mickelsen blended feminism and Christian teaching" Star Tribune Retrieved 2016-08-06 

External linksedit

  • Indiana portal
  • United States portal
  • City of La Porte, Indiana website
  • Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce
  • The La Porte County Herald-Argus website
  • What's New La Porte Community Stories website
  • The La Porte County Public Library
  • The Internet Movie Database - Titles with locations including La Porte, Indiana, USA
  • La Porte, Indiana: A Documentary Film

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