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La Porte County MapLa Porte County

La Porte County Jewish History LaPorte County, nestled in the Dunes Region of Northwest Indiana had its first white settlers beginning in the early 1830s. Both Michigan City and LaPorte grew as the most populated hamlets of the county. LaPorte grew due to Section 4 of LaPorte County’s Act of Incorporation, stating that county commission meetings were to be held near the center of the county, attracted residents and business to the center of the newly formed county. Michigan City would thrive due to economic benefits of being on Lake Michigan, but it would quickly be outclassed by Chicago’s larger port.

Henoch Residence
Henoch Residence

Fox Civic Auditorium
Fox Civic Auditorium