The Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Indiana, was used as the filming location for the basketball scenes in the movie "Hoosiers," which tells the story of a small-town high school basketball team that wins the state championship.

Fayette County, Indiana has a rich and fascinating history that spans several centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Miami and Shawnee peoples. European settlers began to arrive in the late 18th century, with the founding of Connersville in 1808. The city was named after its founder, John Conner.

In the early years, Connersville quickly became a thriving center of trade and industry. It was strategically located along the Whitewater Canal and later the railroad, which facilitated the transportation of goods and helped the town grow. Agriculture was a major economic activity, with the area's fertile soil supporting the cultivation of crops such as corn and wheat.

During the Civil War, Fayette County played a significant role. Many local residents enlisted to fight for the Union, while others supported the Confederate cause. The conflict brought both hardships and opportunities to the county, and Connersville saw an increase in manufacturing as its industries supplied goods for the war effort.

In the 20th century, Fayette County experienced ups and downs like many Midwestern towns. Industrialization led to economic growth in the early part of the century, but the Great Depression and the decline of manufacturing in the latter half brought challenges. Today, Fayette County continues to maintain its historic charm while adapting to modern times. Its rich history is celebrated through local museums, landmarks, and events, keeping alive the stories of its past for future generations.

  • 1819 - Fayette County is established on April 21
  • 1821 - The county seat is established in Connersville
  • 1836 - The Whitewater Canal opens, connecting Connersville to the Great Miami River in Ohio
  • 1859 - The Whitewater Valley Railroad begins operation, improving transportation in the county
  • 1871 - The Connersville Buggy Company is founded, becoming a major manufacturer in the area
  • 1900 - Connersville becomes known as the "Buggy Capital of the World"
  • 1925 - The Ford Motor Company opens a plant in Connersville, bringing economic growth
  • 1937 - Floodwaters from the Great Flood devastate Connersville and other parts of the county
  • 1980 - The Ford Motor Company plant closes, resulting in significant job losses
  • 2003 - The Fayette County Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Connersville