Highland, Lake County, Indiana

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Highland is a town in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 23,546 at the 2000 census. The town was incorporated on April 4, 1910. It is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area and North Township, and is surrounded by Hammond to the north, Munster to the west, Schererville to the south, and Griffith to the east.

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History

In 1847, two pioneers, Michael and Judith Johnston, became Highland's first settlers.

The town slowly expanded until 1880, when the arriving railroad brought Dutch settlers. 304 people resided in Highland when it was incorporated in 1910.

In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge visited and delivered the dedication address for Wicker Memorial Park, located on the west side of the town.

Highland, as with other towns along the Little Calumet River, has historically been subject to flooding,[1][2] particularly in spring, and particularly in areas away from Ridge Road, which runs along the highest land in the town. More recently the town has been subjected to flooding in 2008, 2007, and particularly in September, 2006.

On October 31, 2008, Barack Obama, who four days later would be elected the 44th President of the United States, stopped in Highland for a rally that drew 40,000 people to Wicker Park. It was the largest crowd there since President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the park in 1927.

Cityscape

Architecture

Highland's Downtown area features a number of buildings exhibiting Mid-Century Modern style architecture.[citation needed]

Neighborhoods

Highland has several neighborhoods/subdivisions. They include: Homestead, Wicker Park Manor, Wicker Park Estates, Brantwood, Meadows, White Oak Estates (of Highland), Lakeside, Ellendale, Hook's, Arbor Hill, Pettit Park, Golfmoor, Wicker Highlands and Southridge.[citation needed]

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