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This entry in the For Namesake 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.  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.  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) Notes: 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
This entry in our For Namesake blog is by request and is about Dublin, Indiana. You will find this village and many many others in my book, "For Namesake" If anyone has any other For Namesake places that they would alike to see in this blog, either from my book or not, please let me know. Dublin, Indiana (39.812294,-85.206442) Dublin, Indiana is a village of 790 located in Wayne County along Historic US Route 40. It lies 16 miles west of the larger city and county seat of Richmond. The closest college or university is Earlham College in Richmond. US Route 40 is known as “Our National Road” and was one of our nation’s first transcontinental highways, stretching 3157 miles from Atlantic City, New Jersey to San Francisco California. Commissioned in 1926 its path lays along that of several previous highways and transportation routes including the National Road, the Victory Highway and parts of the Lincoln Highway. You can learn about the highway, past and present, at the National Road Welcome Center at 5701 National Road East in Richmond or at the US Route 40 web site  Display at US 40 Our National Road Welcome Center The village of Dublin was first plated in 1830. A Female Seminary was established there in 1835. The attitude of temperance was strong in the area and there were no drinking saloons in the early days of Dublin. By 1870 Dublin had a population of 1,076 persons.  An historical marker located by the volunteer fire department in town indicates that Dublin was the site in 1851 of the first woman’s rights convention in Indiana. Interestingly the name Dublin has nothing to do with Irish heritage, but rather from a hill along the National Road that required doublin’ up of horses to climb in muddy conditions.  The Wayne county area around Dublin has numerous attractions. In Cambridge City you can see the 1830’s Overbeck House, McMaze Corn Maze and visit the Museum of Overbeck Art Pottery. Centerville has the 1840 Mansion House Inn, a Model T Ford Museum, Centerville Historic District and Salisbury Courthouse. In Connersville you can enjoy a ride along the Whitewater Valley Railroad. Fountain City has the Levi Coffin Home, which was a stop along the Underground Railroad. Near Hagerstown you can see the Birthplace of air pioneer, Wilber Wright. The 1871 Isaac Kinsey House known as Beechwood is near Milton. Mount Auburn offers the Huddleston House Tavern, an 1838 Inn along the National Road. In New Castle you can visit the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The City of Richmond offers the Garr House and Farm Museum, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, Joseph Moore Art Museum, Richmond Art Museum, Wayne County Courthouse and the Wayne County Historical Museum. There are also four historic districts in Richmond and the Madonna of the Trail Statue. Located at 2260 East Main in Richmond this is one of twelve such statues in the country, placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution to honor pioneer women. In the northern part of Wayne County is an Amish settlement in Williamsburg. Madonna of the Trail in Richmond, Indiana Outdoor recreation in the area is available at Summit Lake State Park, north of Dublin and at three recreation areas along Brookville Reservoir, south of Dublin. These include Whitewater Memorial State Park, Quakertown State Recreation Area and Mounds State Recreation Area. Notable persons from Wayne County include Jim Jones, cult founder/leader; Rich Mullins, Christian contemporary artist; and Ned Rorem, composer. New Paris, Ohio, located 20 miles east of Dublin is another "For Namesake" town. Notes: 1. http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK 2. http://www.route40.net 3. http://www.archive.org/details/historyofwayneco00inyoun pg. 262-266 4. http://www.visitrichmond.org/history.cfm Picture Credits : (courtesy of the author)