Ogden Dunes, Indiana

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Ogden Dunes is a town in Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,313 at the 2000 census. It is named for Francis A. Ogden, who owned the land here before his death in 1914.



Ogden Dunes has a unique place in local development. It was once the home of a world class Ski Jump. In 1927, the Grand Beach Ski Club, later the Ogden Dunes Ski Club, bought a piece of land on one of the high dunes in the town. For its time, they constructed the largest steel ski jump in the world. It stooding 192 feet (59 m) high. The main tower stood has high as a 22 story building. The first meet was held on January 22, 1928. For the next four years, meets were held in Ogden Dunes. The longest jump ever reported on this structure was 195 feet. In 1932, the Norwegian Olympic Team of Birger Rund, Hans Beck, and Kaare Wahlberg (gold, silver, and bronze medalists) came to Ogden Dunes to try the tower. During the Great Depression the Ski Club had financial setbacks. Combined with little snow, the club looked to sell the tower. In 1935, a ski club in Rockford, Illinois purchased the tower and moved it that summer.[3]


Ogden Dunes, a strictly residential community, is located at 41°37′27″N 87°11′29″W / 41.62417°N 87.19139°W / 41.62417; -87.19139 (41.624250, -87.191338)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the neighborhood has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (49.31%) is water. Ogden Dunes is in Portage, Indiana (city of roughly 36,000). It does not have a grocery store, post office, restaurants, etc. A strictly residential community, Ogden Dunes aims to protect the ambience of its beach community roots and provide an elevated quality of living. The neighborhood does possess one gas station, though (Marathon Oil).

Neighboring Ogden Dunes are several similar neighborhoods, such as Miller Beach, Beverly Shores and Dune Acres. Like Ogden Dunes, these beach communities are surrounded by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Ogden Dunes and Dune Acres have the illusion of being gated due to the buildings at the entrance to their communities, but really are not.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,313 people, 562 households, and 417 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,798.3 people per square mile (694.5/km²). There were 627 housing units at an average density of 858.8/sq mi (331.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.55% White, 0.23% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

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