Ladoga, Indiana

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Ladoga is a town in Clark Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,047 at the 2000 census.

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History

Ladoga was platted in 1836 by John Meyers. Meyers invited his friends to help him find a name. He required that the name not end in -burg or -ville and that it would not be named after another town. He chose Ladoga after finding Lake Ladoga on a map of Russia.[3] [4]

In 1840 there were fifteen buildings in Ladoga, including two large stores selling general merchandise. One owned by Taylor Webster and one owned by William Nofsinger. By 1848, there were thirty families living in the town.[3]

The Haw Creek Academy was built two miles south of Ladoga in 1838 by the Christian Church. Later, in 1855, the Ladoga Female Seminary was established by the Baptist Church which quickly decided to allow male students, and shortly after the Ladoga Male Academy was established which soon allowed female students. (Both decided to let in the other gender because of financial concerns.)[5]

Central Normal College was founded in Ladoga in 1876; it moved to Danville, Indiana in 1878. The original building still stands in Ladoga.

Ferris wheel

The town of Ladoga lays claim to the Chicago World's Fair Ferris wheel. Designed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bridge-builder, George Ferris, Luther Rice of Ladoga agreed to build it. After the Chicago World's Fair it was placed in Ferris Wheel Park for a while, and then move to St. Louis for its World's Fair.[6]

Geography

Ladoga is located at 39°54′55″N 86°47′57″W / 39.91528°N 86.79917°W / 39.91528; -86.79917 (39.915223, -86.799271)[7].

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