LaGrange County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 44

LaGrange County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana and in the Northern Indiana region known as Michiana. As of 2000, the population was 34,909. The county is located about 55 miles (89 km) east of South Bend, 105 miles (169 km) west of Toledo, Ohio, and 175 miles (282 km) northeast of Indianapolis. The area is well known for its large Amish population.[1] For that reason, the county teams up with neighboring Elkhart County to promote tourism by referring to the area as Northern Indiana Amish Country.[2] The county seat is LaGrange, Indiana[3].



The first settlement of LaGrange County was founded about a half mile west of Lima in 1828. Over the next four years, settlers flocked to parts of Lima, Springfield, and Van Buren Townships. Finally in 1832, LaGrange County was carved out of neighboring Elkhart County and established with Lima as the county seat.[4] The town of LaGrange was platted in 1836 and settled in 1842 as the new county seat, closer to the center of the county.[5] Lima's name was changed to Howe in 1909.[4]

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