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