LaPorte County, Indiana

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Coordinates: 41°36′N 86°43′W / 41.6°N 86.717°W / 41.6; -86.717

  • Indiana county number 46
  • Third largest county in Indiana by area

LaPorte County [1] is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 110,106. The county seat is the City of La Porte[2]. This county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and "Michiana". It is also included in the Michigan City, Indiana-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

LaPorte County was formed in 1832. La porte means "the door" in French. French travelers or explorers so named the area after discovering a natural opening in the dense forests that used to exist in this region, providing a gateway to lands further west.[3][4]

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