Winona Lake, Indiana

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Winona Lake is a town in Wayne Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, United States. The population was 3,987 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Winona Lake is located at 41°13′15″N 85°49′2″W / 41.22083°N 85.81722°W / 41.22083; -85.81722 (41.220818, -85.817118)[3]. It is continuous with Warsaw, Indiana, the two towns having run into one another as they have expanded.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (10.77%) is water.

History

Winona Lake is best known for the lake it is named after and built on. It is also the home of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary and the home of former preacher and professional baseball player Billy Sunday. Christian musician and preacher Homer Rodeheaver made Winona Lake his home from 1912 until his death in 1955. The Winona School of Professional Photography was started there in 1912 (as the Indiana School of Photography) and was operated by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) until its move to Chicago (Mount Prospect) in 1988. Famous photographers from around the world taught there during summer-only classes. The now defunct Winona College was founded here. Winona Lake was also home to the headquarters of The Free Methodist Church until they moved their offices to Indianapolis in 1990.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,987 people, 1,371 households, and 972 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,375.7 people per square mile (530.8/km²). There were 1,513 housing units at an average density of 522.0/sq mi (201.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.15% White, 0.75% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.74% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.28% of the population.

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