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LaPorte, Indiana

Incorporated: as a city in 1835
Highlights: County seat of the second largest county in Indiana (LaPorte County)
Largest per capita park system in Indiana (1,484 acres)
The Civic - a 1,382-seat municipal auditorium
Origin of Name:  In French, LaPorte means "the entrance way, the door." 
Town/City Nickname: "The Maple City" for its impressive fall display
"The City of Lakes" for the six lakes in the city
LaPorte DiscussionCity of LaPorte Discussion
Some History:  

This railroading town originated in 1831 when six men purchased the land at auction.  In the following year, the layout for the town was designed. 

In 1833, a courthouse was built on the public square.  This structure was replaced by a newer courthouse in 1835, just two years later.  This courthouse stood until 1847.

A valuable asset of the town has always been its lakes.  In LaPorte's earlier years, the lakes provided a strong ice industry; in LaPorte's present day, these same lakes are appreciated by water-recreation lovers and many residents of the town.  

LaPorte also has a strong history of manufacturing, beginning with the town's first foundry and machine shop (established by brothers Meinrad and John Rumley) and into present-day LaPorte which boasts nearly 100 manufacturing firms.  

City Site:  City of LaPorte
County Site: 

County Site

Chamber S LaPorte Chamber of Commerce
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LaPorte, Indiana City Map
Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce

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