Rolling Prairie, Indiana

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Rolling Prairie
census-designated place
Location of Rolling Prairie in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Location of Rolling Prairie in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Rolling Prairie is located in Indiana
Rolling Prairie
Rolling Prairie
Location of Rolling Prairie in LaPorte County, Indiana.
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 582
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.


Rolling Prairie is located at 41°40′15″N 86°36′57″W / 41.67083°N 86.61583°W / 41.67083; -86.61583. Saugany Lake is located in Northeast Rolling Prairie. It is a man made lake managed by the Saugany Lake Conservation Club. The lake has a sand/gravel bottom with a surface area of 72 acres and a maximum depth of 66ft. [6]


Rolling Prairie has a public library, a branch of the La Porte County Public Library.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]


  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.
  6. ^ "Indiana Clean Lakes Program". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Homepage". La Grange County Public Library. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.