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Summary of Lafayette

Lafayette is a city in Indiana. Also the county seat of Tippecanoe County, it and the city of West Lafayette on the other side of the Wabash River is the core of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area was home to the Miami Indians tribe of Weas or Ouiatenon. The French government went on to establish Fort Ouiantenon in 1717 across the Wabash River and three miles to the south of the current city of Lafayette. It was the center of trade for merchants, fur trappers and Indians.

In May of 1825, William Digby platted the town of Lafayette. The year after, the town became the county seat of the then-new Tippecanoe County. It was named after the French general Marquis de Lafayette, who aided George Washington's Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. In its early beginnings, the town acted as a trading post and shipping center on the Wabash River.

In the mid-1800s, the first United States Patent Commissioner, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, purchased 93,000 acres of land in the area and moved there to supervise land sales and promote settlement in the region. During that same time, the Wabash and Erie Canal and the Monon Railroad helped with trade in Lafayette. On August 17, 1859, the town was the site of the first official airmail delivery as John Wise attempt to fly a balloon from the Lafayette courthouse to New York. It was also the first place in the state to experience the internet in 1992.

As of 2010,  the city has a population of 67,140 people. This includes 28,545 households and 15,863 families. According to the United States Census Bureau, it has a total area of 27.74 square miles.

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Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters' Moon is held annually on a weekend in October on the grounds of the Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park, where a blockhouse replica of the original fort stands. Established in 1968, the weekend festival features a reenactment of the mid-1700s annual fall gathering of the French and Native American people at Fort Ouiatenon. Participants would dress like the 1700s French soldiers, settlers and Native Americans, and food vendors would sell traditional period foods like voyageur stew, rabbit stew and venison sausage. Musical acts including historical folk music performers, Native American drummers, period fife and drum corps, and French folksingers can also be enjoyed. The event is hosted by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Tippecanoe County Parks Department.

Arts and Culture

Besides the annual Feast of the Hunters' Moon, the city of Lafayette also host a variety of other festivals and fairs throughout the year. Some of which are:

  • Hands on Transportation
  • Mini Maker Faire of Greater Lafayette
  • Art in the Park
  • OUTfest
  • Mosey Down Main Street
  • Beers Across the Wabash
  • Round the Fountain Art Fair
  • A Taste of Tippecanoe

Other cultural aspects of the city are its arts organizations. This includes the Haan Mansion Museum of Indian Art, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, The Longer Center for the Performing Arts, and Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

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