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Shelby, Indiana
Looking north into Shelby from the State Road 55 bridge across the Kankakee River, March 2007
Looking north into Shelby from the State Road 55 bridge across the Kankakee River, March 2007
Location in Lake County, Indiana
Location in Lake County, Indiana
Shelby, Indiana is located in Indiana
Shelby, Indiana
Shelby, Indiana
Location in Indiana
Shelby, Indiana is located in the United States
Shelby, Indiana
Shelby, Indiana
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
Township Cedar Creek
Platted 1886
Area
 • Total 1.29 sq mi (3.33 km2)
 • Land 1.29 sq mi (3.33 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
640 ft (200 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 453
 • Density 351.98/sq mi (135.86/km2)
ZIP code
46377
FIPS code 18-69246
GNIS feature ID 443344

Shelby is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Cedar Creek Township, Lake County, Indiana. Shelby had a population of 539 at the 2010 census.

History

Shelby was laid out and platted in 1886 by William R. Shelby, when the railroad was extended to that point.

Geography

Shelby is located at 41°11′43″N 87°20′52″W / 41.19528°N 87.34778°W / 41.19528; -87.34778. It is directly south of Lowell, north of Thayer, east of Schneider and west of Demotte. There is also a small development called Sumava Resorts, located nearby on the Kankakee River a short distance to the west of Shelby. Indiana State Road 55 crosses the Kankakee River at Shelby, making one of the few Kanakee River crossings from Lake County. Shelby, along with Sumava Resorts and other small Kankakee River communities, has historically had to contend with periodic flooding from the Kankakee River.

Economy

Whiteco Industries, an Indiana business which, with its affiliates, is engaged in advertising (particularly billboard advertising) in Indiana, and in ownership of hotels, grew along with Dean White from a small advertising business in Shelby. The successor to the Shelby location of Whiteco's business (in this location making graphics for commercial vehicles), Modagraphics, closed its doors, however, in 1993, as a result of a consolidation within its new parent company from Illinois.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 453
U.S. Decennial Census

Education

Students from Shelby attend schools operated by the Tri-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana.The school that was there was changed into a park.

The movie Now and Then is set in Shelby, Indiana, but the Shelby of the movie is fictional. The movie is actually based on the town of Winchester, Indiana.

Notable people

  • Jigger Sirois, IndyCar driver
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