Located in Noble County, Ligonier is a small town in Indiana with a lot to offer. Known as the City of Murals for the more than 20 hand painted murals located around the downtown area, it's a popular place to live when you prefer moving at a slower pace. When you want to rent an apartment in a neighborhood with a small town feel, you can become one of the many apartment renters in this small town.
Isaac Calvin was the first settler in the town and the first person to build a home in the city that he named after his former home in Pennsylvania. After the railroad built a track through the heart of the city, its population doubled in the 1850s. During that same era, a large number of Jewish settlers flocked to the region. Though the population dropped during the 20th century, its resurgence as an industrial town helped the city grow.
Ligonier now boasts a population of around 4,400 residents. Many of its residents remain dedicated to preserving the history of the town and saving its historic sites.
That commitment to history is never more evident than it is in the downtown murals. Artists spent years painting elaborate murals on the walls that showed the history of the town, including the early Jewish settlers and the residents who worked on the railroad. You can easily spend a day walking through downtown and examining the murals for yourself. History also shines at the Ligonier Historical Museum, which displays artifacts relating to the past of Noble County.
Anyone who loves the outdoors will want to take the drive to Chain O' Lakes State Park in nearby Albion. You can rent a boat and hit the water during the spring or summer, spend the weekend camping, wander along the nature and hiking trails or stop by the interactive museum and nature center. The park also has cabins available for those who don't like the idea of sleeping under the stars.
You may want to treat the animal lovers in your family to a trip to the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, which is also in Albion. The sanctuary takes in a number of different types of animals, including bears, large cats, wolves and foxes. You can take a trip and view the animals firsthand.
As Ligonier is so small, it lacks any form of public transportation. There is a Greyhound station in town, which lets locals take bus trips across the state and country. Apartment renters who want a fast way to get from one neighborhood to the next will need a vehicle. The only other option is the Noble Transit System, which helps those of an advanced age and those with disabilities get to doctors' appointments and other locations in and around town. You can call the NTS to schedule a pick up.
As the city is fairly small, it is not home to any college campuses. Depending on the neighborhood where you rent an apartment, you might find yourself 30 to 45 minutes away from the closest college campus. Glen Oaks Community College, which is in Michigan, is around 30 minutes away from the city. There is also a local branch of Ivy Tech Community College around 20 to 30 minutes away. Some students may prefer earning a four-year degree from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.
Many apartment renters look for places to rent because they move to the area for work. The top three employers in Ligonier are Silgan Plastics Corporation, Guardian Auto Glass and Millennium Industries. Other employers throughout the county offer opportunities in medical and other fields.