Introduction to Griffith, Indiana
Griffith, Indiana, in Lake county, is 5 miles SE of Hammond, Indiana and 25 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is conveniently located inside the Gary metropolitan area and has an estimated population of 17,334.
Mathias and Anna Miller were among the first European settlers in the present day town of Griffith. Other settlers included Peter Govert, the Walters family, Peter Young, the Grimmer family, and the Beiriger family. Elmer and Jay Dwiggins are the two developers who are known as the 'town founders'. The area was named after Benjamin Griffith, a railroad engineer. Griffith was incorporated as a town in 1904, and the first town board meeting was held on November 19, 1904. The Griffith Public school system was established in 1912.
Griffith and Nearby Attractions
- Lake Michigan
- Griffith Historical Society and Museum
- Balmoral Race Track
- Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
- Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- Sears Tower
Things To Do In Griffith
Griffith has numerous public parks, including Central Park, Franklin Fields Park, Cheever Park and Sheppard Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at Griffith Golf Center. Those interested could visit the Griffith Branch Lake County Public Library and the Griffith Historical Society and Museum to explore the history of the town. A day of fun with family and friends may be spent at Shedd Aquarium, Deep River Waterpark, or Lincoln Park Zoo.
Gary/ Chicago Airport is nearby.
Griffith Higher Education
The closest colleges to Griffith include Calumet College of Saint Joseph, South Suburban College, Indiana University Northwest, and Purdue University Calumet.