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It was known simply as the Highlands from the 1850s when the Johnstons acquired 53 acres of swampy land until the town was incorporated April 4, 1910 simply because it had a sandy ridge that rose above the marsh. Today Highland is home to Hillside Funeral Home, Kuiper Funeral Home and Fagen-Miller Funeral Homes.
There is also plenty to do including the Highland Grove Shopping Center, Brumm’s Bloomin’ Barn, Sarkeys Florist, Sky Zone and Ultra Highland Plaza.
Did you know
Ohioans Michael and Judith Johnson settled in what came to be called Highland in 1847. According to legend, the Johnsons’ son, Rod, found a flock of ducks frozen in the ice of the Little Calumet River one winter. Harvesting them with a stick, he earned enough money to buy 20 acres of land. Under Congress’s Swamp Land Act of 1850, settlers could buy large tracts at $1.25 per acre if they agreed to drain the land.
In the forties, Highland’s population nearly doubled, and it exploded in the fifties, growing from 5,878 to 16,284 by 1960. Many of its new residents came from nearby industrial cities such as Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago. Highland benefited from the nation’s attraction to the suburbs in the 1950s; Hammond considered annexing the town in the mid-1950s.
The central fire station was completed in 1972, and a more spacious post office opened in 1975. A new park, Main Square Park, was dedicated in 1981.
By 1980, the population reached a high of 25,935, and then dropped to 23,696 in 1990, remaining little charged. The downtown area boasts a small business district, but most businesses are located along Indianapolis Boulevard and Ridge Road.
LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
I, Konnie Kuiper, along with my partner, Kevin Nordyke, thank you for visiting our website. We are proud to be independent and family owned. Kevin and I are very fortunate that funeral service, for us, was a life’s calling. We are proud to be first generation providers of funeral service. Between us we have over 80 years of compassionate care to the families we have been honored to serve.
Our Commitment is to provide value and professional excellence. Our affordable prices represent the greatest value in funeral service provided to the families of Northwest Indiana.
What differentiates us from other funeral homes? We have been listening to families tell us the price of funerals is too high, and we agree. Kevin and I are committed to ending high funeral and cremation prices while focusing on families and assisting them in creating a service, for their loved one, that remembers a remarkable life lived.
We invite you to stop in and tour our new, modern, and immaculate Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center.