Rolling Prairie, Indiana

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Rolling Prairie
census-designated place
Rolling Prairie is located in Indiana
Rolling Prairie
Rolling Prairie
Coordinates: 41°40′15″N 86°36′57″W / 41.67083°N 86.61583°W / 41.67083; -86.61583Coordinates: 41°40′15″N 86°36′57″W / 41.67083°N 86.61583°W / 41.67083; -86.61583
Country United States
State Indiana
County LaPorte
Township Kankakee
Elevation[1] 830 ft (250 m)
Population 3,559
ZIP code 46371
FIPS code 18-65736[2]
GNIS feature ID 442265

Rolling Prairie is an unincorporated census-designated place in Kankakee Township, LaPorte County, Indiana.


The first cabin was built here in 1831 by Ezekiel Provolt. More settlers arrived, built cabins and named the settlement Nauvoo. On November 26, 1853, the village was platted by J. W. Walker and named Portland.[3] The name of Rolling Prairie, descriptive of the undulating terrain, was later adopted by one of the railroad companies operating through the town.[4]

Rolling Prairie had a stop on the South Shore Line until 1994,[5] when it was closed along with several other flag stops with low ridership. The town's population was close to 500 at the 2000 census.


Rolling Prairie is located at 41°40′15″N 86°36′57″W / 41.67083°N 86.61583°W / 41.67083; -86.61583.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ History of La Porte County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages, and Townships. C. C. Chapman & Co. 1880. p. 728. 
  4. ^ From Needmore to Prosperity - Baker, Ronald L. (1995) ISBN 0-253-32866-7
  5. ^ Dodson, Paul (June 17, 1994). "South Shore Railroad Will Close 7 Flagstops". South Bend, IN: South Bend Tribune. p. B2.