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Get to know the town of Merrillville through this article put together by the clergy abuse attorneys in Merrillville. We hope you learn something new about the area.

Description of Merrillville

Merrillville is located in east-central Lake County, in the Chicago metropolitan area. Part of Ross Township, it is a major shopping hub in Northwest Indiana. Before English settlement, the area was woodland that belonged to the Potawatomi Indians. In 1834, for ceremonial purposes, a clearing was created and called McGwinn Village. The year after, Jeremiah Willgins settled in the area and changed its name to Wiggins Point. After he died in 1838, the village was renamed Centerville and then Merrillville, after the brothers Dudley and William Merrill.

During this time, other settlements were being established in the surrounding areas. This included:

  • Deep River
  • Turkey Creek
  • Rexville
  • Ainsworth
  • Lottaville

They, including Merrillville, were collected into one to form Ross Township in 1848. In 1971, the area was officially incorporated into the Town of Merrillville. As of 2015, it is the most populated town in Indiana. There was a population of 35,246 people recording at the 2010 census.

Morgan-Skinner-Boyd Homestead

Morgan-Skinner-Boyd Homestead is a historic home in Merrillville. Also known as Walnut Grove, the two-story brick dwelling was originally built in 1877 of the Italianate architectural style. The property also features a pump house, milk shed and granary. On December 27, 2010, the historic home was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

John Wood Old Mill

John Wood Old Mill is another site that is historically significant to Merrillville. Known also John Wood Mill and Wood's Mill, the historic sawmill and grist mill was built between 1837 and 1838. It is a 2 and 1/2-story brick building featuring gambrel rood with overhanging eaves. In 1976, the mill was restored by the Lake County Department of Parks and Recreation. The year prior, it was listed on the NRHP.

Hidden Lake Park

Hidden Lake Park is a recreational space for residents and visitors of Merrillville to enjoy. Managed by the Joseph D. Shudick Jr. Ross Township Trustee, the forest park offers amenities such as a social center, sledding hill, fitness trail, disc golf, picnic shelters, grills, playground concessions, picnic benches, a lake for paddle boating and softball games. The entrance fee for Ross Township residence is $5 per car, $15 per van, and $40 per bus. For non-residence, it's $10 per car, $20 per van, and $50 per bus. In 2009, a pedestrian bridge at the park collapsed after the annual Fourth of July fireworks display and sent about 50 people into the waters of Hidden Lake – at least 25 of those people were injured.

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