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La Porte

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Bodies of Water
La Porte is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States, of which it is the county seat. 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.La Porte is located in northwest Indiana, east of Gary, and west of South Bend and was first settled in 1832. The previous mayor of La Porte, Blair Milo, was one of the youngest mayors in the city's history, elected to the position in 2011 at the age of 28. She resigned in August 2017.HistoryThe 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 square. 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 Point. The office was moved to Winamac in 1839.
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