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Historical Markers and War Memorials in LaPorte County, Indiana

Clickable Map of LaPorte County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> LaPorte County, IN (61) Jasper County, IN (15) Porter County, IN (34) St. Joseph County, IN (81) Starke County, IN (7) Berrien County, MI (78)  LaPorteCounty(61) LaPorte County (61)  JasperCounty(15) Jasper County (15)  PorterCounty(34) Porter County (34)  St.JosephCounty(81) St. Joseph County (81)  StarkeCounty(7) Starke County (7)  BerrienCountyMichigan(78) Berrien County (78)
LaPorte is the county seat for LaPorte County
Adjacent to LaPorte County, Indiana
      Jasper County (15)  
      Porter County (34)  
      St. Joseph County (81)  
      Starke County (7)  
      Berrien County, Michigan (78)  
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1Indiana, LaPorte County, Hanna — Veterans Memorial
Hanna American Legion Post #472 dedicates this memorial in honor and memory of all American veterans who served their countryMap (db m207765) WM
2Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Charles W. Lindewald
Detachment A-Team 101 Company C 5th Special Forces came under attack by a North Vietnamese tank unit on February 6, 1968 in the Battle of Lang Vei. LaPorte native, Green Beret Master Sergeant. Charles W. Lindewald was . . . Map (db m77158) WM
3Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.1995.1 — Chicago - New York Electric Air Line Railroad
Proposed in 1905 as a 742 mile, straight-line, high speed route, without crossings; estimated ten hours travel time at a cost of ten dollars. Just under twenty miles, between La Porte and Chesterton, were constructed, 1906-1911.Map (db m43376) HM
4Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.1962.1 — Civil War Camps
Two Civil War training camps: Colfax and Jackson, were located near La Porte. The 9th and 29th Indiana Volunteer Infantry regiments were organized and trained here.Map (db m43375) HM
5Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Door Village Fort
(Left Tablet) The LaPorte Historical Society Here places the names of the men who built the stockade: A.P. Andrews, Jr. - Commander - Peter White - Captain - William Adams • Elijah Brown • Daniel Carpenter • Jacob Coleman • . . . Map (db m77076) HM
6Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Door Village School1832 - 1983
1832 - First log school 1883 - Two story brick school for grades 1 - 8 1900 - Grades 9 - 11 added 1912 - Grades 9 - 11 discontinued 1948 - New one story school with 4            classrooms and gym 1955 - Four classrooms added 1963 . . . Map (db m77098) HM
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7Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — First Log Cabin in LaPorte
LaPorte Centennial 1832 – 1932 On this site was built the first log cabin in LaPorte Here was held the first session of the County Commissioners Erected in memory of the pioneers by Miriam Benedict Chapter Daughters of . . . Map (db m77178) HM
8Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Indian Boundary Line
The Ordinance Line located here was intended to form northern borders of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, but these resp. borders were shifted northward at statehood. Called “Indian Boundary Line” in Indiana, it formed here borders between . . . Map (db m77262) HM
9Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.1999.1 — Indiana Territory Boundary Line
Side One Northwest Territory formed 1787; Indiana Territory formed 1800. Admission of Ohio 1803 and formation of Michigan Territory 1805 established Indiana Territory's northern boundary at southern tip of Lake Michigan. When Indiana became . . . Map (db m43369) HM
10Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — La Porte County Afghanistan–Iraq–Kuwait Memorial
(Front Side) Afghanistan Iraq     Kuwait A nation that forgets its defenders is a nation itself that will be forgotten (Rear Side) Fallen Heroes Sgt. David M. Heath Cpl. Sascha Struble Sgt. Kraig D. . . . Map (db m78201) WM
11Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — La Porte Korean War Memorial
. . . Map (db m78167) WM
12Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.2018.1 — La Porte University / Indiana Medical College
La Porte University. La Porte University was established in the early 1840s to include law, literary, and medical departments. The medical department, later Indiana Medical College, began classes by 1842. Its distinguished faculty attracted . . . Map (db m202849) HM
13Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — La Porte Viet Nam Memorial
(Panel 1) Dedicated to Viet Nam Veterans We gave our full measure of devotion Veterans helping veterans (Panel 2) Together We Can Viet Nam Veterans Chapter Three LaPorte Co. Indiana "Honor to those . . . Map (db m78202) WM
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14Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — La Porte World War II Memorial
In Honor Of Wilbur A. Higlendorf Arthur C. Woodcox Robert J. Hartman Clarence G. Niendorf Who in the time of our country’s need, willingly laid aside their duties, to enter the military service, offering their lives, fortunes and sacred . . . Map (db m77332) WM
15Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — La Porte World War II Memorial (1991)
. . . Map (db m78165) WM
16Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.2001.1 — LaPorte County Courthouse
Side One County formed by Indiana General Assembly and La Porte selected county seat 1832. Three courthouses built on this site: first 1833, second 1847-1848. Present courthouse constructed 1892-1894 of Lake Superior Red Sandstone; designed . . . Map (db m43373) HM
17Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.2002.1 — LaPorte's Carnegie Library
Side One La Porte's first public library was established 1896. La Porte City School Board was awarded $27, 500 Carnegie grant 1916; by 1919 local support had been secured to meet grant requirements. Architect Wilson B. Parker designed the . . . Map (db m43371) HM
18Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Meinrad RumelyHistoric Landmark of Agricultural Engineering — Rumely OilPull Tractor —
Meinrad Rumely Meinrad Rumely was the founder and guiding spirit of the Rumely Companies for more than 50 years. He came to America from Germany in 1848, and in 1853 on this site opened a blacksmith shop that was to grow into a large . . . Map (db m43463) HM
19Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Memorial Forest Plantingof 1939
A tribute to Harry August Backus • John William Burns • Chester L. Coplin • Hamon Gray • John E. Hawn • William L. Hubner • John E. Hunt • Chester Stewart Kiff • George Luebker • John C. Naill • Louis Edward New • Roy E. Newell • Norman Lay . . . Map (db m77331) WM
20Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Operation Desert Storm Memorial
(Front Side) Operation Desert Storm 1991 Duty, Honor, Country (Rear Side) In Honor Of the LaPorte County Servicemen and Women Who, Through "Operation Desert Storm", Participated in The Liberation of Kuwait . . . Map (db m78203) WM
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21Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Pinhook BogIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The Pinhook Bog area features two very different habitats. The Upland Trail highlights a rich Beech and Maple forest growing on top of a glacial moraine formed about 15,000 years ago. The Bog Trail leads to a depression in the moraine created when a . . . Map (db m75623)
22Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Quaker Cemetery
Near here settled pioneer Quakers, including the Aaron Stanton Family. In 1836 William Bond agreed to convey the Society of Friends three acres of land for a meeting house lot and burial ground. Bond died in 1837 and in 1841 the La Porte Circuit . . . Map (db m77105) HM
23Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — Site of Meinrad Rumely's Blacksmith Shop
This marks the site of Meinard Rumely’s Blacksmith Shop where in 1853 he built his first threshing machine. In the factory later erected here were produced pioneering steam engines and steam plowing engines, and in 1908 parts for the first . . . Map (db m43432) HM
24Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — The Lincoln HighwayAmerica's First Paved Coast-to-Coast Highway
How It All Began      The time was 1912. One million plus motor vehicles were in use in America, primarily in urban settings. To that time only eight recorded motor car travelers had ventured a trip across America. Paved roads were . . . Map (db m77213) HM
25Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — The Lincoln Highway in La Porte County"Through the Door"
French fur traders came to Northwest Indiana in the 1600's. A natural opening through the forest served as a gateway to the prairies beyond. They called this opening, La Porte, meaning, “the door”, from which the county received its . . . Map (db m77215) HM
26Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — 46.2003.1 — The Rumely Companies
Meinrad Rumely (1823-1904), a German immigrant, founded a blacksmith shop here 1853, which grew into a dominant company through reorganizations and acquisitions. Rumely companies in La Porte benefited from available rail transportation plus . . . Map (db m43362) HM
27Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — World War Memorial Tree LaPorte County (Indiana)
This Tree Planted in memory of Those who served in the Wold War from LaPorte County - - - - - - - - - Service Star LegionMap (db m43514) HM
28Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Barker Civic CenterThe former Barker Mansion
Given to the people of Michigan City as a cultural and civic center by Mrs. Catherine Barker Hickox in 1968. The original house was built on this site (circa) 1858 by John Barker Sr. (1814-1878). It was reconstructed in 1901 by John H. Barker . . . Map (db m77403) HM
29Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Battle of Trail Creek — Dec. 5, 1780 —
In the aftermath of George Rogers Clark’s conquest, skirmishers from Cahokia led by Capt. B. Hamelin and Lt. T. Brady, who had raided Fort St. Joseph, were defeated and captured near here by fur-trader Etienne Champion and Potawatomi allies of the . . . Map (db m72908) HM
30Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — 46.1996.1 — Camp Anderson
One of three Civil War training camps in La Porte County. Site is one fourth mile west. Named for Colonel Edward Anderson. Used 1863-1864 to train Indiana Union volunteers of the 127th, 128th, and 129th regiments.Map (db m969) HM
31Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Charles R. Westcott
Westcott Park, a gateway to Michigan City, is dedicated in memory of Charles R. Westcott, whose lifetime of extraordinary service, especially to children, significantly enriched our community. For nearly 50 years, Westcott . . . Map (db m202852) HM
32Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Elston Grove Historic District
The role of education is well-evidenced in two of the largest buildings in the district. The Public Library and the Central School were constructed on opposite sides of East 8th Street. While other schools were constructed in Michigan City, . . . Map (db m202871) HM
33Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — First Log Cabin in Michigan City
1833                         1933 In August 1833 Jacob Furman assisted by B.F. Bryant built on this site the first log cabin in Michigan CityMap (db m77447) HM
34Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City Civil War Memorial
Presented by The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War - 1861-1865 In memory of our Fathers and The Grand Army of the Republic June 12, 1939Map (db m72910) WM
35Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City Civil War Memorial
(South Face) One Country One Flag Sponsored by the Woman's Releif Corps Geo. V. Rawson Post 46 Dept. Ind. G.A.R. (East, North, and West Faces) (List of Names)Map (db m77435) WM
36Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City Civil War Monument
. . . Map (db m75678) WM
37Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City GAR Memorial
In Memory Of The Grand Army Of The RepublicMap (db m75720) WM
38Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City Lighthouse
This lighthouse built in 1858 replaced 1837 lighthouse built at water's edge. Remodeled in 1904. Light placed at end of pier. Seven keepers and fourteen assistant keepers served here 1837-1940.Map (db m75722) HM
39Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City Memorial Plaza
This memorial plaza dedicated to all Veterans by a grateful communityMap (db m77365) WM
40Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City Spanish War Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m75721) WM
41Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City World War I Memorial
Lest We Forget "Our Boys" Who Answered Their Country's Call in the World War 1917 — 1918Map (db m75702) WM
42Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan City World War II Memorial
1941 — 1945 Dedicated To The Memory Of These Our Boys And All Who Served in World War II Gilford Albertson S.M. 3/C • Sgt. James Allie • Lt. Walter Baranowski • Cpl. Stanley Batuzik • Pvt. Bernard Baxter • Ens. John T. . . . Map (db m77402) WM
43Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Michigan Road
Michigan Road from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan passed this cornerMap (db m72909) HM
44Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Millennium Plaza
This historic site once the location of the Smith Brothers Cough Drop Factory, has been dedicated by the city of Michigan City for the use and enjoyment of all of its citizens and visitors. We commemorate the celebration of the New Millennium and . . . Map (db m163390) HM
45Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Naomi AndersonHometown Suffragist
Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson was born on March 1, 1843, in Michigan City, Indiana. Her parents, Elijah and Guilly Ann Bowman were born free people of color. Although schools in Indiana were segregated, Naomi was invited to enroll in Michigan . . . Map (db m202851) HM
46Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — P.F.C. Kenneth L. Scott Memorial
In Memory of P.F.C. Kenneth L. Scott Killed in Action Vietnam    Sept. 6, 1966Map (db m78144) WM
47Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Private First Class Daniel D. BruceUnited States Marine Corps
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and Date: Fire Support Base Tomahawk, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam. 1 March 1969. . . . Map (db m77364) HM WM
48Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Roger J. McKee Memorial Fountain
Roger McKee was a talented and visionary civic leader. This fountain is dedicated to his decades of public service and humanitarian causes. His proudest accomplishments were the preservation of the land which this Millennium Plaza is located . . . Map (db m163391) HM
49Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — S S Eastland Disaster
The S.S. Eastland was a Great Lakes excursion ship bound for Michigan City, Indiana from Chicago, Illinois on July 24, 1915. With 2,501 passengers on board, the ship capsized during boarding while in the Chicago River. Tragically, 844 lives . . . Map (db m193955) HM
50Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Saint Stanislaus Cemetery World War II Memorial
In Memory of Our Heroes Who Died for Their Country In World War II May They Rest in Peace T/SGT. Frank Skwiat     5–1943 • ENS. Ed. P. Komasinski     12–1943 • G.M. 1/C Ted. Pytynia     1–1944 • E.M. 2/C Matthew S. . . . Map (db m77445) WM
51Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — St. Mary's Parish World War I Memorial and Honor Roll
(Front Panel) 1917          1919 In Piam Memoriam Erected to the greater glory of God And in memory of these four young men of St. Mary's Parish who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for God and Country . . . Map (db m77393) WM
52Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — 46.2010.1 — The Lincoln Funeral Train
Front Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral was April 19, 1865 at the White House. The funeral train left for Springfield, Illinois April 21 directed by military; stops en route allowed the public to pay homage. From Indianapolis, . . . Map (db m60670) HM
53Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Washington Park Historic District
Constructed on the east side of Trail Creek, Washington Park has been Michigan City's dominant playground for over 100 years. The park's lakeside setting includes the Michigan City Lighthouse and Pier built in 1858/1904. First established as . . . Map (db m163374) HM
54Indiana, LaPorte County, Michigan City — Washington Park Historic District
The Washington Park Zoo began in 1928, due in large part to cast-off or injured exotic animals and pets once cared for by the fire department. During the Great Depression, New Deal programs under the Works Progress Administration assisted the . . . Map (db m201678) HM
55Indiana, LaPorte County, Rolling Prairie — Fort Wayne-Fort Dearborn Trail
Sauk (sac) Indian Trail, a southwest fork of the Fort Wayne-Fort Dearborn Trail, was an early route travelled by Indians from Rock Island, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan to collect their annuities from the British for their services in the . . . Map (db m211429) HM
56Indiana, LaPorte County, Rolling Prairie — Rolling Prairie SchoolFrom Our Past, To Our Future
1834 - First School 1876 - School at Present Location 1884 - First Graduate 1894 - First Brick School 1896 - School Rebuilt 1907 - Four Year High School 1936 - Gymnasium Addition 1941 - Sectional Basketball Champs 1951 - . . . Map (db m73879) HM
57Indiana, LaPorte County, Rolling Prairie — Rolling Prairie School Honor Roll
Honor Roll Fallen Members of Rolling Prairie School James A. Brown • Edwin D. Buell III • Clyde E. Gourley • Donald R. Harley • Merle C. Hendricks • Dale D. Hicks • Michael E. Kelly • Jack B. Meyers • Billy Parker • Forrest M. Sayles • . . . Map (db m73878) WM
58Indiana, LaPorte County, Wanatah — President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train Reported permanently removed
On this spot where the Wanatah Station of the Monon Railroad once stood, the Lincoln funeral train made a brief stop on the morning of May 1, 1865 at approximately 7:40 a.m. The funeral train traveled 1,700 miles of its journey from Washington, DC . . . Map (db m3810) HM
59Indiana, LaPorte County, Wanatah — President Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train🦅
At approximately 7:30 A.M. on the morning of May 1, 1865, the train that bore the body of Abraham Lincoln passed through Wanatah on its way from Washington to Springfield, Illinois. The train did not stop here, but slowed down to 5 miles per hour . . . Map (db m207793) HM
60Indiana, LaPorte County, Westville — Pinhook Methodist Church and Cemetery
. . . Map (db m75607) HM
61Indiana, LaPorte County, Westville — The Lincoln Train in WestvilleHistorical Marker
On Monday May 1, 1865, shortly before 8:00 a.m., the train bearing the body of President Lincoln stopped briefly at this site. This marker, erected by the Westville Women's Club, honors the centennial anniversary of this event.Map (db m77449) HM
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