An engaged community!!! Hobart Indiana
Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,059 at the 2010 census. Although it has been historically primarily residential, recent annexation has added a significant retail corridor to the city.
Hobart is home to Lake George, a popular place for people to gather to walk along the city's waterfront. Musical entertainment can be found near the clock tower in Lakefront Park and at the Revelli Bandshell during the warm months. Fishing and boating are two popular activities at Lake George. At Festival Park, people are often seen to feed the plentiful ducks that live there.
The City of Hobart is one of Lake County's oldest communities, once home to the Pottawatomie Indians. Englishman George Earle, who had invested heavily in Lake County land, was attempting to establish the town of Liverpool at the junction of the Calumet and Deep Rivers. Liverpool did not prove viable and in 1845 Earle moved five miles up Deep River and constructed a dam to power sawmills and gristmills. The resulting millpond became known as Lake George. Earle moved the post office from Liverpool in 1847 and recorded the plat for the new town in 1849, naming it for his brother, Frederick Hobart Earle, of England.
George Earle's gristmill was constructed near the dam in 1846 and continued to operate until it burned down in 1953. The mill was 5 stories high and the top of the current Lake George Dam Bridge replicates the top of the original mill.
Brickmaking was Hobart's most important industry in the nineteenth century. Small brickyards appeared in the 1850's. In 1863, Joseph Nash established the first large brickyard and in 1886, the W.B. Owen brickworks converted from bricks to terra cotta building tile. Used for fireproof building construction, terra cotta found a good market in Chicago and beyond. The Owen works was taken over by National Fireproofing Company in 1902 and operated until 1964. The Kulage Brick Works, which flourished from 1893 to the early 1920's was another important brickmaker.
From a Town to a City
Hobart incorporated as a town in 1889 and reincorporated as a city in 1921. Hobart has continued to grow through the years and major annexations in Hobart Township to the north in 1988 and Ross Township in 1992, including the Southlake Mall area along U.S. 30 to the south, have strengthened the city's potential for continued residential, commerical and light industrial development.
Hobart's population according to the 2010 Census was 29,059. Located 38 miles from Chicago and 150 miles north of Indianapolis, the 26 square miles of Hobart continues to thrive with retail corridors, light industry, great schools, a downtown district on the banks of Lake George and residents and visitors enjoying a quality of life surely envisioned by George Earle.
In 1845, English immigrant George Earle constructed a dam on Deep River to power sawmills and gristmills. Four years later, he named the settlement Hobart for his brother, Frederick Hobart Earle, who remained in England. The millpond that resulted from the dam became known as Lake George.
Hobart has expanded tremendously since those early days. The city offers visitors a wide variety of fun activities and exciting experiences. Lake George in downtown Hobart is a popular destination for fishing, boating and just strolling along the lakefront. The lake is home to the annual Clocktower Model Boat Race in September and Lakefront Festival in August.
Deep River County Park is a beautiful, serene park which encompasses more than 1,200 acres. This park features Wood's Historic Grist Mill, which was built in 1838 by John Wood and rebuilt in 1876 by his son, Nathan. The park also offers a visitor center, trails, hayrides and a playground. It is home to the Deep River Grinders, who play vintage baseball under 1858 rules and attire.
Hobart has many wonderful restaurants to savor, from Mexican to Italian to pub food. Housed in an 1895 Victorian cottage, 54 Main Bistro is a farm-to-fork venue, offering the freshest ingredients and a new menu weekly.
Shoppers will be thrilled with the variety of stores and eateries at Hobart's Southlake Mall, the South Shore’s largest shopping mall.
For visitors with a sweet tooth, a stop at Albanese Candy Factory is a must. Home of the "World’s Best Gummies," Albanese offers factory tours and more than 1,000 different candies. In the fall, County Line Orchard offers visitors the opportunity to pick their own apples, explore the corn maze or feast on some of their famous donuts.
For an out-of-the-ordinary summertime experience, take a tour at Broken Wagon Bison and bring home some lean, healthy bison meat.
School City of Hobart is Building College and Career Ready Students One Brick at a Time!
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The School City of Hobart Community will foster intellectual curiosity, natural abilities, critical thinking, and literacy in students while developing respectful and responsible citizens who are excited about the challenges of tomorrow, confident in their ability to chart the future, and dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning.
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