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Warsaw, Indiana





This entry in the For Namesake[1] Blog is Warsaw, Indiana.


Warsaw, Indiana (41.238091, -85.852748)


Warsaw, Indiana is a city of 13,559 located in Kosciusko County along Indiana Route 15, just south of US Route 30. It is the county seat of Kosciusko County and lies 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Old Route 30 that passes through the city is the final alignment of the Lincoln Highway. [2] Warsaw has been given the nickname of “Lake City” because of its many nearby lakes. It is also often called “The Orthopedic Capital of the World” due to the many companies in the city that manufactures orthopedic devices. The closest college is Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake.


Kosciusko County was organized in 1836. Warsaw was plated in October of that same year and was named for the capital of Poland. The first Post Office was established in 1837. Warsaw had a population of just over 750 when it was incorporated in March of 1854. The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad reached Warsaw in May of that year. A city fire department was organized in 1859. Gas streetlights came in 1880 and were replaced by electric lights in 1897. The Warsaw Summer Resort Association was founded in 1885 for the purpose of establishing Warsaw as a resort community. That same year, Revra DePuy pioneered the orthopedic industry when he founded the DePuy Manufacturing Company. The Winona Interurban electrified trolley car system was started in 1903, tying Warsaw to Winona Lake and eventually to Goshen and Peru. Starting in the 1950’s Warsaw’s economy shifted from agricultural to industrial. From the 1960’s to the 1990’s the land area of the city tripled through a series of annexations and additions. [3]


In Warsaw you may visit Adventures in Ballooning, the Hallmark Ornament Museum, Kosciusko County Courthouse, Lake City Greenway, Old Jail Museum, Wagon Wheel Theater, Warsaw Biblical Garden, Warsaw Performing Arts & Theater Group and Williamson’s Llama Farm. Columbia City offers Shannon’s Art & Inspiration, Thomas R. Marshall Home, Whitley County Civil War Memorial, Whitley County Courthouse, Whitley County Farmers Market and the Whitley County Historical Museum. Mentone has the Hidden Gallery of Fine Art and the Lawrence R. Bell Aircraft Museum. North Webster has the Dixie Boat Lake Tours and the Webster Ski Bees. In Rochester you may visit Artistic Impressions, the Coleman Lantern Museum, Dead River Woods Tours, Fulton County Courthouse, Fulton County Museum, Prill School Museum, Round Barn Museum and Siders Blueberry Farm. Nearby Winona Lake offers the Billy Sunday Home Museum, Bluse Heron Art Works, Canal Street Art Gallery, Mount Memorial Art Gallery at Grace College, Reneker Museum of Winona History and the Winona Bike Trail System.


There are many lakes, both within Warsaw and the surrounding area. These include Big Barbee Lake, Big Chapman Lake, Center Lake, Hidden Lake, Hoffman Lake, Pike Lake, Tippecanoe Lake, Lake Wawasee, Webster Lake, and Winona Lake. Nearby Conservation areas are Canter Lake Wetland Conservation Area and Pisgah Marsh Non-game Area.


Notable residents of Warsaw include Ambrose Bierce, author; Rick Fox, former NBA Basketball player; Bryan Hickerson, Major League Baseball pitcher; Merlin Hull, former member of the United States House of Representatives, Hal Kratzch, original member of the Four Freshmen singing group; and Reuben Williams, Union general during the Civil War.


Picture Credit: Downtown Scene in Warsaw, Indiana (Wikimedia Commons - Derek Jensen Public Domain)




1. www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK


2. Butko, Brian, Lincoln Highway Companion (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 2009) P. 132


3. http://02adf28.netsolhost.com/dotnetnuke/HistoryofWarsaw/tabid/129/Default.aspx




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