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Long before Indiana became a state, long before the founding of Schererville, people called the area the “Crossroads,” as several Native American trails intersected here, that later became routes for the wagons of settlers traveling west. One of those settlers was Nicholas Scherer, born in 1830 at Dilsburg, today part of Heusweiler district, Saarland, southwest Germany, who arrived in the U.S. in 1846. When he came to this place at the southern tip of Lake Michigan in 1865, he founded the community that bears his name. Today, trails still cross at Schererville, the modern trails of a motorized society, U.S. Highways 41 and 30. Nearby are newer trails, I-80/94 and I-65. All these are primary transcontinental routes and gives Schererville its slogan: “Crossroads of the Nation.”
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Nicholas Scherer, the founder of Schererville, came to the United States in 1846 and settled in St. John. In 1849, he and his brother Mathias opened a saloon in St. John, which was the first saloon in Lake County. In 1853, he became a contractor working for the State of Indiana. He was engaged by the railroads to build road beds using horses and wheel scrapers. Later, he was hired by the Panhandle Railroad, which became the Pennsylvania Railroad, to superintend a section of the road from Richmond, Ind., to Chicago. Scherer continued with his varied railroad interests for about 12 years.
The village with the name Schererville was recorded on April 10, 1866, in the township of St. John, County of Lake, in the State of Indiana. At that time, Schererville was home to about 25 families.
Scherer moved to Schererville in 1867 and the house he built still stands at 33 E.Wilhelm St., directly south of the present police station.