Former LaPorte University site will be dedicated with historical marker March 30

The LaPorte University at Clay and Harrison streets is shown in this historical photo.

The Lecture Hall of LaPorte University.

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LaPorte will gain yet another historical marker on Friday, March 30, when a memorial to the former LaPorte University is dedicated. The public is invited to this ceremony at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Harrison and Clay streets, next to Lincoln Elementary School, where the university was located in its final years. The building was destroyed by fire in 1856.

Former LaPorte mayor and history buff Leigh Morris provided the research and led the quest to get the marker installed by the Indiana Historical Bureau.

The university was established in the early 1840s. There, distinguished faculty members taught students in the areas of law, literature, and most notably medicine. Among the teachers was William W. Mayo, who later established the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

More history of this piece of LaPorte history will be discussed at the dedication.

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