DeMotte is located in northwest Indiana’s Jasper County, and is home to over 3800 Hoosiers. Like most of the area, DeMotte deals with a higher than average risk of tornadoes as studies show that DeMotte has a 163% degree greater risk of tornado activity than the rest of the country. Usually, though, the weather’s calm (if cold and snowy in the winter). DeMotte is a friendly, small, pleasant Midwestern town. People raise families here, and most of what you’ll find in DeMotte are homes and schools and churches and smaller independent groceries alongside gas stations and the like. DeMotte is one of America’s beloved small towns — understandably, DeMotte’s residents take lots of pride in it. The DeMotte injury lawyers at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group know that places like this are the heart and soul of our part of the country. Valparaiso University is only 20 miles away from DeMotte, though DeMotte isn’t really a college town as much as a small family community with a rural feel to it. Many DeMotte residents commute to work using the Gary Metro South Shore Station. People living in DeMotte visit Crown Point or Merrillville to shop or go out to eat usually. The big city malls and superstores haven’t found their way to DeMotte yet.
DeMotte’s Taste of Dutch Festival
Each year, DeMotte welcomes visitors to its Dutch Festival, a celebration honoring the town’s historical roots as a Dutch establishment. The Dutch Festival, called “Touch of Dutch” happens each August; the specific dates for each year’s Dutch Festival can be found on the DeMotte Chamber of Commerce web site. For example, the 2014 theme of the festival is “”Touch of Dutch Grows Country Roots.” You can get a tee shirt there, covered with the artwork designed by the winning contestant in the tee-shirt design contest. There will lots of good food and family fun there, too, and some of our law firm folk are probably going to be roaming around the Park that day. The “Touch of Dutch” Festival is well-placed: DeMotte has the 7th highest percentage of Dutch population of 652 Indiana cities.
DeMotte’s Dutch Heritage
DeMotte enjoys an historical heritage as being a part of the country where Dutch settlers came as part of the Dutch Diaspora that began in 1614 when the first Dutch settlers founded New Amsterdam, now New York City. The Dutch continued settling in America, many of them coming to the Chicago area and nearby northwest Indiana. Today, DeMotte as well as other parts of Jasper County, and nearby Lake and Porter Counties, remain the home to many Dutch-American descendants of those first Dutch settlers For those interested in keeping their Dutch heritage alive, there is the possibility of studying Dutch as a language as well as other aspects of Netherlandic Studies at Indiana University, including Dutch literature, Dutch history, and the business and culture of the modern-day Netherlands. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.