Valparaiso aspires to be… the most civically engaged city of its size.
The Valparaiso community will be a place where people take care of
one another and are highly involved in local community organizations
and efforts. Active and progressive, with a strong sense of place and
environmental ethic, it will honor authenticity and uniqueness in culture
and business initiatives and seek the wellbeing of its people.

History of Valparaiso

State of Indiana
The State of Indiana was known as Indian territory because it was a rendezvous point for many Indian tribes. The first pioneers ventured through this area about 1670. The first settler in the area was a French-Canadian named Joseph Bailley, who in 1822 established a thriving fur post on the shore of Lake Michigan about 12 miles north of now Valparaiso. The site of the present City of Valparaiso was included in purchase of the land from the Potawatomi Indians by the U.S. government in October of 1832.

Located on a glacial moraine (now known as the Valparaiso Moraine) and the ancient Sauk Indian Trail from Rock Island, Illinois to Detroit, the town had its first log cabin in 1834. In 1836, the state general assembly separated the county from LaPorte County and named it Porter County.

First Commissioners
In 1836 our first commissioners were appointed and asked to locate a site for the county seat. The town of Portersville was quickly divided and platted and the town grew. It was considered the appropriate name for the county seat, because the county was named in honor of Commodore David Porter of the U.S. Navy. During the Battle of Valparaiso (Chile), Captain David Porter, aboard the U.S. Frigate Essex, suffered defeat at the hands of two British warships within the neutral waters of Valparaiso Harbor. Although a defeat for the Americans, the battle contributed to a victorious end for the United States in the War of 1812.

H.M. Skinner, an early historian, tells of a group of old sailors who stopped at Hall's Saloon and passed the evening by telling nautical tales. One tale was of a South American seaport where Porter fought his famous battle aboard the Essex. The story must have captured the imagination and admiration of local residents, for in 1837, the town was renamed "Valparaiso," which means "Vale of Paradise," and a township was called Essex.

It is believed that there is no other Porter County in the United States. There are several known Valparaisos in the world in places such as Columbia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Florida, Nebraska, and Indiana.

Altogether Taskforce to Promote Diversity in Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso has formed a new taskforce to research and promote diversity throughout the community. “We’ve heard from people who find Valparaiso to be extremely welcoming and we’ve heard from those who find our community to be less inviting. Altogether Valpo will listen and learn, seeking ways to make Valpo more open minded and ‘all together,’” said Mayor Jon Costas who is organizing the taskforce. Altogether Valpo will be committed to addressing:

1. Hiring practices
The taskforce will review existing practices, and research best practices to promote a diverse workplace.

2. Affordable housing
This will include defining “affordability” in comparing Valparaiso to other Midwestern cities of similar size, especially other university towns, to determine where additional affordable housing may be needed.

3. Inclusion
Although less defined, inclusion is an attitude of acceptance the city wants to foster. The taskforce will reach out to determine what inclusion means to a diverse audience and how to enhance an environment of inclusion.

Valparaiso Pathways

Pathways and greenways are corridors of protected open space managed for conservation, recreation, and alternative transportation purposes. Greenways often follow natural land or water features and link nature reserves, parks, cultural features, and historic sites with each other and with populated areas.

Greenways can be publicly or privately owned, and some are the result of public / private partnerships. Pathways are trails used for walking, bicycling, horseback riding, or other forms of recreation. Some greenways include pathways, while others do not. Some appeal exclusively to people, while others attract wildlife. From the hills of inland America to the beaches and barrier islands of the coast, greenways provide a vast network linking America's special places.

Pathways & Greenways Master Plan
The City of Valparaiso, led by the Parks and Recreation Department, is undertaking an important step toward meeting both the current and future alternative transportation needs of its citizens. The Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan from 2005 and the 2010 Pathways & Greenways Master Plan Update provide a greenprint for the city to use as a guide in forming a pathway network through existing developments and into future expansions of the community.

The Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan reaches the goals of the Valparaiso pathways mission by providing safe, non-motorized transportation pathways to the Valparaiso community. Once implemented the Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan will fulfill the Valparaiso pathways vision by improving the health, fitness, and quality of life of Valparaiso residents and providing safe and attractive alternative options for movement and circulation through the community.
Home of Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago.

Founded in 1859, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth.

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