Hobart, Indiana is a city in the state of Indiana’s Lake County and where Franklin Pest Control lives. During the 2010 census, the population was 29,059. Recent annexation has brought a substantial retail corridor to the city, which was formerly predominantly residential.
In 1849, the city of Hobart was mapped out. George Earle, an English immigrant, purchased land from the Potawatomi tribe, who created Lake George by constructing a dam on the Deep River. He named the colony that became Hobart after his brother Frederick Hobart Earle, who never left England. In 1878, the city’s first school was erected.
The First Unitarian Church of Hobart, the Hobart Carnegie Library, the Hobart Commercial District, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Station are included on the National Register of Historic Places. Locally, the Lake George Commercial Historic District is known. Several WPA projects, including a post office, are also located in Hobart.
In Hobart’s central commercial sector are a variety of enterprises, including the historic Art Theatre.
Hobart is also home to the super-regional Southlake Mall near the crossroads of U.S. Route 30 and Interstate 65, as well as other merchants and restaurants in the surrounding area; however, most companies on the south side of Hobart are obliged to advertise their address as Merrillville. Before its annexation by the city of Hobart in 1993, this region was traditionally an unincorporated portion of Ross Township; the Merrillville post office now serves the area.
Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY) is the closest major airport to Hobart. The Hobart Sky Ranch Airport (3HO) is situated two miles to the north of the city’s central business center.
Hobart contains three major railroads: the Norfolk Southern Railway, which runs through County Line Road to Liverpool Road; the Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Eastern Railroad, which runs through County Line Road to Wisconsin Street; and the Canadian National Railway, which runs through Colorado Street and a portion of Hobart in the southernmost area known as Ainsworth.
Hobart is also home to the Indiana Botanic Gardens, the biggest and oldest supplier of herbs in the United States. The firm relocated to Hobart in the mid-1990s, and its current location is along Business Route 6. Midwest Products, a maker of hobby materials and radio-controlled model airplanes with headquarters in Hobart since 1952, is a second firm with a local presence.
Lake George is located in Hobart, and it is a popular spot for people to wander along the city’s coastline. During the warm months, Lakefront Park and the Revelli Bandshell offer musical entertainment near the clock tower and at the bandshell, respectively. Lake George is a great location for both fishing and boating. At Festival Park, individuals may feed the local ducks. Robinson Lake in Hobart was once a popular fishing spot. According to the Post-Tribune, in October 2006, then-Mayor Linda Buzenic declared that selling Robinson Lake would be its “highest and greatest use.”
The city has 14 parks, a public 18-hole golf course (Cressmoor Country Club closed in 2006), and several sports fields for basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and rugby, among others. The municipality just purchased an outdoor pool. The Hobart Nature District is in Hobart.
The Oak Savannah rails-to-trails line runs across the city and is suitable for biking and hiking. The path of The Oak Savannah traverses the 90-acre Hobart Prairie Grove Unit of Indiana Dunes National Park along its route.
Other natural preserves, including tallgrass prairie, are owned by the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Inc. in Hobart. The Creedmoor Prairie is a designated state nature preserve and the biggest unusual “black soil” or silty loam prairie in Indiana that is state-protected.