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City of Lake Station, Indiana
"Our Home Town"
Location of Lake Station in Lake County, Indiana.
Location of Lake Station in Lake County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
 • Total 8.42 sq mi (21.82 km2)
 • Land 8.29 sq mi (21.47 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.35 km2)
620 ft (189 m)
 • Total 13,235
 • Density 1,596.50/sq mi (616.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-41535
GNIS feature ID 0433905
Website Lake Station, Indiana
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 170
1910 484
1920 813 68.0%
1930 2,409 196.3%
1940 3,401 41.2%
1950 5,635 65.7%
1960 9,309 65.2%
1970 9,858 5.9%
1980 15,087 53.0%
1990 13,899 −7.9%
2000 13,948 0.4%
2010 12,572 −9.9%
2020 13,235 5.3%
Source: US Census Bureau

Lake Station is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,572 at the 2010 census.


Initially, the site of modern Lake Station was the starting point of two Amerind trails leading to Fort Dearborn. Later it became an early stagecoach depot stop, as the Fort Dearborn-Detroit Stagecoach Route passed through the site during the wet season. The location became known as Lake Station as far back as 1851 when it began to serve as a depot, the western terminus of the Michigan Central Railroad (on what would later become its Detroit to Chicago line). This was the first train station in Lake County. The Michigan Central Railroad built a park and railroad shops around its two-story depot. A year later, in April 1852, George Earle mapped out and platted a town of about 6,500 acres (26 km2) on the site, continuing its name of Lake Station.

Being a bedroom community, Lake Station welcomed Abraham Lincoln to its Audubon Hotel, perhaps on more than one occasion, according to oral history. But George Pullman, who tried to negotiate for land in Lake Station for his proposed railcar company, never struck a deal and set up shop on the south side of Chicago instead. Prior to its current location in Crown Point, Indiana, the county seat was located on what is now the west end of Lake Station in a section called Liverpool, although it was a separate settlement at the time.

The name of Lake Station was officially changed to East Gary in 1908 in an attempt to lure executives from the nearby US Steel plant in Gary, Indiana into creating a suburban community. With another name change in 1977, primarily to disassociate itself from the urban decay and crime of Gary, the city reverted to its historical designation of Lake Station.

Lake Station also plays host to some events such as the Fuzz Follies, which is a car show that takes place in Riverview Park every year since 1984. Since 2004 The Heritage Days Festival has also taken place in Riverview Park. Both events are usually in June. The city's newest event held for the first time in September 2009 is Septemberfest, which is held around Labor Day weekend.

In September 2015, the mayor of Lake Station, Keith Soderquist, and his wife, Deborah Soderquist, were found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud and filing false income tax returns. Under state law, a mayor convicted of a felony forfeits his elected office.

Lake Station remains a mostly residential community.

Annexation attempts

February 1976: City Council approves annexation of all of unincorporated Hobart Township between the city's border south to U.S. 6, and from County Line Road west to Lake Park including Northridge Plaza and the Nob Hill and Viking Village subdivisions.

August 1976: Annexation challenged by residents of the annexed areas. Sep: City representatives fail to appear in court, and the case never went to trial.

June 1978: City Council approves annexation of the area that wasn't annexed in 1976. An injunction was given until the 1976 case is heard in court.

1989: Hobart annexes all areas except Viking Village unaware of Lake Station's pending case.

May 1993: Mayor Dewey Lemley confirms plans to annex the remainder of unincorporated Hobart Township between Lake Station and Hobart, Indiana. The area's boundaries are County Line Road and Lake Park Avenue. July: Unincorporated Hobart Township Property owners east of Ind. 51 in the area targeted by Lake Station are annexed into Hobart. The area is known as the Spence Annexation. The Hobart City Council considers a second request for annexation from another group of property owners in the area targeted by Lake Station. The area, known as the Topper Annexation, is bounded by the south side of 34th Avenue to the north, Hobart City limits on the south, North Lake Park Avenue on the west and Deep River on the east.


Lake Station is located at 41°34′11″N 87°15′35″W / 41.56972°N 87.25972°W / 41.56972; -87.25972 (41.569836, -87.259785).

According to the 2010 census, Lake Station has a total area of 8.431 square miles (21.84 km2), of which 8.3 square miles (21.50 km2) (or 98.45%) is land and 0.131 square miles (0.34 km2) (or 1.55%) is water.

The city lies on the Calumet Shoreline, which is seen today as a sand ridge.

Major highways

Lakes and rivers

  • Grand Boulevard Lake
  • Deep River

Surrounding cities


  • Four Winds Park
  • Columbus Park
  • Riverview Park
  • Miller Park
  • Mock Park
  • Deep River Outdoor Recreation Center
  • Johnson Park
  • Bicentennial Park
  • Warrick Park
  • Riley Park


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,572 people, 4,577 households, and 3,067 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,514.7 inhabitants per square mile (584.8/km2). There were 5,137 housing units at an average density of 618.9 per square mile (239.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.7% White, 3.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 11.7% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.0% of the population.

There were 4,577 households, of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.28.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.


Some major employers are the Sun Engineering Company and Pro-Chem-Co, Inc. However the area has a strong railroad industry. Lake Station's busiest rail line is CSX Transportation's Porter Subdivision. The Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad also runs through Lake Station, crossing at Liverpool Road.

The Joliet Line of the Michigan Central Railroad once ran through Lake Station, along Fairview Road and through Liverpool near where the CF&E crosses Liverpool road. The Fairview Walkway now occupies the right of way between Fayette Road and Grand Boulevard.


Lake Station Community Schools serves most of Lake Station. Some portions are served by River Forest Community School Corporation.

The Lake Station Community Schools district consists of two elementary schools, Virgil I. Bailey and Alexander and Hamilton, and one combined junior and senior high school Thomas A. Edison Junior-Senior High School.

The River Forest Community School Corporation serves the West End of Lake Station (approximately one-third of the city). River Forest High School, River Forest Junior High School, River Forest Elementary School, John I. Meister Elementary School, and Henry S. Evans Elementary School are all within the city limits of Lake Station (as the result of the city's 1972 annexation of previously unincorporated parts of Hobart Township).

Public libraries

Lake County Public Library operates the Lake Station - New Chicago Branch, which also serves New Chicago, at 2007 Central Avenue in Lake Station.

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