Hammond, located in Lake County, is a major industrial center of Northwest Indiana. It is named in honor of George Hammond, who established a slaughterhouse there in 1869. The facility was the first industrial establishment in the region. The town’s proximity to Lake Michigan greatly enhanced its development and industrial growth.
Hammond began as a small settlement of German farmers, who had arrived as early as 1847. With the establishment of George Hammond’s slaughterhouse and beef packaging plant, the settlement grew into a bustling town. The town grew into a city and was incorporated on April 21, 1884. Marcus Towle was the first mayor of the city.
Hammond experienced tremendous growth following its incorporation. The population reached a record high of 111,698 in 1960.
Purdue University operates a branch campus, known as Purdue University Calumet. The city was home to one of the first professional football teams in the United States, the Hammond Professionals.