The Native Americans were the first to discover the beauty of the Wabash Valley. Then the French arrived in the early 1700s, establishing a trading post at Ouiatenon, and changes began in the valley.

Tecumseh and his brother the Prophet established the headquarters for their confederation at Prophetstown to try and preserve the Native American way of life. This led to the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Within five years, Indiana became a state and the settlers arrived.

One of these early settlers was William Digby, who platted Lafayette in May of 1825 and named it after the Marquis de Lafayette. Tippecanoe County was formed in 1826 and Lafayette was named as its county seat.

West Lafayette was platted in the river bottoms in 1836. However, it soon became apparent the flood plain was not the place to develop a town and plans were moved to the top of the hill.

Our community continued to grown and in 1869 Purdue University was founded. The university has played an important part in the development of Lafayette-West Lafayette. Today, we are a diversified community with agriculture, manufacturing, merchandising, education and transportation.