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Ladoga, Indiana
Location of Ladoga in Montgomery County, Indiana.
Location of Ladoga in Montgomery County, Indiana.
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Country United States
State Indiana
County Montgomery
Township Clark
 • Total 0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Land 0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
823 ft (251 m)
 • Total 1,081
 • Density 2,013.04/sq mi (777.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-40698
GNIS feature ID 437497

Ladoga is a town in Clark Township, Montgomery County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 985 at the 2010 census.


Ladoga was platted in 1836 by John Myers. Myers invited his friends to help him find a name. He required that the name not end in -burg or -ville and that it would not be named after another town. He chose Ladoga after finding Lake Ladoga on a map of Russia.

In 1840 there were fifteen buildings in Ladoga, including two large stores selling general merchandise. One owned by Taylor Webster and one owned by William Nofsinger. By 1848, there were thirty families living in the town.

The Haw Creek Academy was built two miles south of Ladoga in 1838 by the Christian Church. In 1855, the Ladoga Female Seminary was established by the Baptist Church which quickly decided to allow male students, and shortly after the Ladoga Male Academy was established which soon allowed female students. (Both decided to let in the other gender because of financial concerns.)

Central Normal College was founded in Ladoga in 1876; it moved to Danville in 1878. The original building still stands in Ladoga. Known as Normal Hall, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Ferris Wheel

The town of Ladoga lays claim to the Chicago World's Fair Ferris Wheel. Designed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, bridge-builder George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., Luther V. Rice of Ladoga agreed to build it. After the Chicago World's Fair it was placed in Ferris Wheel Park for a while, then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, for its World's Fair.


Ladoga is located at 39°54′55″N 86°47′57″W / 39.91528°N 86.79917°W / 39.91528; -86.79917 (39.915223, -86.799271).

According to the 2010 census, Ladoga has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.40 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 878
1880 928 5.7%
1890 857 −7.7%
1900 1,176 37.2%
1910 1,148 −2.4%
1920 1,010 −12.0%
1930 829 −17.9%
1940 936 12.9%
1950 912 −2.6%
1960 974 6.8%
1970 1,099 12.8%
1980 1,151 4.7%
1990 1,124 −2.3%
2000 1,047 −6.9%
2010 985 −5.9%
2020 1,081 9.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Downtown area of Ladoga - 2008

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 985 people, 377 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,824.1 inhabitants per square mile (704.3/km2). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 831.5 per square mile (321.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 377 households, of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.6% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the town was 36.1 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


South Montgomery Community School Corporation operates public schools serving New Ross. Ladoga Elementary School is in the area. Southmont Junior High School and Southmont High School serve secondary students.

The town has a lending library, the Ladoga-Clark Township Public Library.

Notable people

  • Joshua Harrison Bruce, farmer and Minnesota state legislator
  • Lieutenant Commander (USN) Adrian Marks who was instrumental in the rescue of 56 survivors of the USS Indianapolis.
  • Ed Summers, baseball player, pitched in 1908 World Series
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