Lafayette, Indiana


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The city of Lafayette is located in the northwestern most portion of the present day U.S. state of Indiana.  Prior to European conquest, the Miami (known as the Ouiatenon or Weas peoples) inhabited this area.  In 1717, however, the French government established Fort Ouiatenon “across the Wabash River and three miles (5 km) south of present-day Lafayette.”  Fort Ouiatenon spent the next one hundred years or so developing into a center of trade for fur trappers, merchants, and Native Americans.  In 1825, William Digby, a trader, officially platted the town of Lafayette, and named it the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  Digby, of course, named the town after Frenchman General Lafayette, a great hero of the American Revolutionary War.

According to a 2014 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the modern-day city of Lafayette, Indiana has a total population of 70,654 people.  Lafayette, along with West Lafayette (located on the opposite side of the Wabash River), “form the core of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.”  The Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to that same estimate, has a total population of 201,789 residents.

The Lafayette, Indiana area is home to several notable corporations.  These Lafayette, Indiana-based corporations include Alcoa, Caterpillar Large Engine Division, Wabash National (who happen to be the “world’s largest manufacturer of semi-truck trailers”), Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Evonik (Tippecanoe Laboratories), Tate & Lyle (manufacturer of Splenda® sweeteners), TRW Commercial Steering Systems, Landis+Gyr, and Cargill.

Lafayette, Indiana isn’t all about corporations and businesses, however.  There are many other attractions and points of interest in and around the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.  For example, annually, on the first weekend of October, the city holds the ‘Feast of the Hunters’ Moon”, which is a festival and historical reenactment, taking place “at the present-day site of Fort Ouiatenon, a replica 18th century French military and trading post.”  Other annual festivals in and around the city of Lafayette, Indiana include Art in the Park, OUTfest, Mosey Down Main Street, Round the Fountain Art Fair, A Taste of Tippecanoe, Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival, and Dancing & Cruising in the Streets.

Lafayette, Indiana also boasts the Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Garden.  This botanic garden is operated by Niches Land Trust and contains both prairie and oak savanna environs.  “Plants in the garden are native Indiana flora.”  Surprisingly, this is far from the only famous garden in the Lafayette, Indiana area.  In fact, Purdue University Horticulture Gardens were created in 1982.  According to Alan McPherson, Purdue University Horticulture Gardens feature “vegetables, perennials, and annuals.  The most notable collections on display are ornamental grasses, bulbs, hostas, peonies, and daylilies.  In total, there are over 300 cultivars and 200 perennial species on display.”

Speaking of Purdue University, this institution is located in West Lafayette, Indiana.  This public research university was established on May 6th, 1869, and as of 2015, had a $2.398 billion endowment.  In the Fall semester of 2015, Purdue had 39,409 students enrolled in total.  In fact, as reported by the Institute of International Education in 2012, Purdue University “has the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.”

Lafayette, Indiana has no professional sports teams.  The sports scene here is dominated by the Purdue Boilermakers.  The Boilermakers, who play in NCAA Division I – Big Ten, have one national team championship unrecognized by the NCAA and three national team championships recognized by the NCAA.

Do you own a small business in the Lafayette, Indiana area?  Are you by any chance considering such an endeavor?  These resources could prove invaluable in the undertaking of such a task:

Apply for a Business License in Lafayette, Indiana

Lafayette, Indiana: Business Services

Greater Lafayette (Chamber of) Commerce

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