Shelby, Indiana

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Not to be confused with Shelby County, Indiana.
Census-designated place
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
Shelby is located in Indiana
Coordinates: 41°11′43″N 87°20′52″W / 41.19528°N 87.34778°W / 41.19528; -87.34778Coordinates: 41°11′43″N 87°20′52″W / 41.19528°N 87.34778°W / 41.19528; -87.34778
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
Township Cedar Creek
Elevation[1] 640 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 539
ZIP code 46377
FIPS code 18-69246[2]
GNIS feature ID 443344

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


Shelby was laid out and platted in 1886 by William R. Shelby, when the railroad was extended to that point.[3]


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.[4] 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.[4]


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.


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.[4]

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