Merrillville enjoys great diversity in housing, residents, and culture. It is rich with business districts that support the 35,000 residents and 12,000 individual households. It is estimated that during any given weekday, the population of Merrillville grows to over 100,000 due to shoppers and workers throughout the town. Merrillville has become the crossroads of the county as it has the popular I-65 that runs through most of the town as well as the U.S. Route 30. The main north/south arteries are Broadway Street (Route 53) and Taft Street.
The entire area was once the province of the Potawatomi Indians, a peace-loving nation of hunters and fishermen. In 1834, a clearing in the woodland was used for ceremonial purposes and went by the name of McGwinn Village. A year later, a white man by the name of Jeremiah Wiggins swooped down on the village and charmed the Indians with his gift of gab and fascinating trinkets.
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