Our Town La Porte, IN

La Porte is located in northwest Indiana, east of Gary, and west of South Bend. It was first settled by European Americans in 1832. The city is twinned with Grangemouth in Scotland.

Airdate: Airing September 26th, 2022 (34.1) at 8pm

Meet The Storytellers

  • Brett Binversie Topic: LaPorte Civic Auditorium
  • Bwana Clements Topic: American Licorice
  • Thaddeus Cutler Topic: Long Live LaPorte Project
  • Laura Cutler Topic: Joyful Noise
  • Mayor Tom Dermody Topic: Quality of Life LaPorte
  • Jackie Dermody Topic: Volunteer LaPorte
  • Greta Friedman Topic: What’s a Slicer?
  • Maria Fruth Topic: Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte
  • Katy Garland Topic: LaPorte Little Theatre Club
  • Tim Hanson Topic: LaPorte Performing Arts Center
  • Bruce Johnson Topic: Belle Gunnes and LaPorte History Society
  • Tim King Topic: La Porte Symphony Orchestra
  • Nicole Krol Topic: American Licorice
  • Richard Lenar Topic: LaPorte Baseball/Ken Schreiber
  • Nate Loucks Topic: PAX Center/State Street Church
  • Carey Garwood & Pastor Dennis Meyer Topic: Red, Wine & Brew
  • Leigh Morris Topic: Kingsbury Ordnance Plant and Rumely/Allis Chalmers
  • Drumm Olson Topic: LaPorte 4th of July Parade
  • Erin Parker Topic: Kindness Campaign
  • Bonnie Quigley Topic: LaPorte Little Theatre Club
  • Ted Rita Topic: Hesston Steam Museum
  • Steve Santana Topic: LaPorte Baseball/Ken Schreiber
  • Mark Schreiber Topic: LakeFest
  • Tom Torluemke Topic: Long Live LaPorte Project
  • Scott Upp Topic: LaPorte Baseball/Ken Schreiber
  • Julie West Topic: Play for Jake
  • Joy Zigler Topic: LaPorte 4th of July Parade


A Little About La Porte

The Location

Surrounded by lakes and a walkable, historic downtown, La Porte is dedicated to outdoor recreation through a unique system that traverses lakes and ponds. Its population was estimated to be 21,341 in 2022.

La Porte translates to "the door" in French, and is also known as The Maple City.

The History

It was first settled by European Americans in 1832. During the 1850s numerous maple trees were planted along Indiana and Michigan avenues in the city by local resident Sebastian Lay. Subsequently, La Porte became known as the "Maple City".