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LaGrange County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the
population was 37,128. LaGrange County was
created on April 1, 1832. The county seat is LaGrange,
Indiana. The county is named for the ancestral estate
of the Marquis de la Fayette, the French-born hero of the American
The county is named for the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette's home in Paris.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
LaGrange County was formally organized April 1, 1832.
LaGrange County is divided in to 11 Civil Townships as follows: Bloomfield, Clay, Clearspring, Eden, Greenfield, Johnson, Lima, Milford, Newbury, Springfield and Van Buren.
The first settlement of LaGrange County was founded about a half mile west of Lima in 1828. Over the next four years,
settlers flocked to parts of Lima, Springfield, and Van Buren Townships. Finally in 1832, LaGrange County was carved out
of neighboring Elkhart County and established with Lima as the county seat. The town of LaGrange was platted in 1836 and
settled in 1842 as the new county seat, closer to the center of the county. Lima's name was changed to Howe in 1909.
In 1837, the government removed Chief Shipshewana and the Potawatomi Tribe from the northwest corner of the county. Several years later the Chief was allowed to return and died in Newbury Township in 1841. A town named Georgetown had been platted in 1837 but was abandoned due to lack of development. In 1844, the first Amish came from Pennsylvania to settle around the old town. The village continued not to grow and the town of Shipshewana was platted nearby in 1899 and incorporated in 1916 in Newbury Township.
LaGrange County was named after the home of Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de la Fayette, outside of Paris, France.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 387 square miles (1,002 km2), of which 380
square miles (983 km2) is land and 7 square miles (19 km2) (1.85%) is water.
LaGrange county is located in north Indiana. The county is mostly made up of rural farm land but also some rolling hills and several lakes.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The county has three public school districts and the Howe Military School.