The first professional baseball game in the United States was played in Indiana on May 4, 1871. The game was played in Fort Wayne between the Cleveland Forest Citys and the Fort Wayne Kekiongas.

Jackson County, Indiana has a rich and diverse history that dates back to its earliest inhabitants, Native American tribes such as the Shawnee and Miami. The area was originally part of the Northwest Territory and later became part of the Indiana Territory in the early 19th century. The county was officially established in 1816, just one year after Indiana gained statehood.

In its early days, Jackson County was primarily an agricultural community, with farming and livestock production as the main economic activities. The growth of the county was further spurred by the arrival of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad in the mid-1850s, which connected the area to larger markets and facilitated industrial development.

During the Civil War, Jackson County played a significant role in supporting the Union cause. Many of its residents served in the Union Army and contributed to the war effort, while the county as a whole provided supplies and resources to the military. This period in the county's history brought both progress and challenges, as the war disrupted the community and required the allocation of resources towards the war effort.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jackson County experienced a boom in industrial growth, particularly in the timber and limestone industries. The county's abundant natural resources, including rich farmland, limestone quarries, and extensive hardwood forests, attracted numerous businesses and immigrants looking for job opportunities. This period of industrialization transformed the county's economy, creating new employment opportunities and contributing to its overall development.

Today, Jackson County continues to be a thriving community with a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Its rich history is celebrated through various historic sites, museums, and events, reminding residents and visitors alike of the county's past and the hard work of those who built it.

  • 1816 - Jackson County is formed and established as a county in the state of Indiana.
  • 1825 - The county seat is established in Brownstown.
  • 1840 - The first railway line is opened in the county, connecting Brownstown to other towns.
  • 1861-1865 - During the American Civil War, many men from Jackson County serve in the Union Army.
  • 1870 - The county's population reaches its peak at around 20,000 residents.
  • 1892 - The first public high school is established in Seymour.
  • 1915 - The Muscatatuck State Hospital is built, providing care for individuals with mental illnesses.
  • 1937 - The Great Flood affects many communities in Jackson County, causing significant damage to infrastructure.
  • 1941-1945 - Jackson County supports the war effort during World War II, with many residents serving in the military or working in factories.
  • 1960 - Interstate 65 is completed, providing a major transportation route through the county.
  • 1984 - The Jackson County History Center is established to preserve and promote the county's history.
  • 2005 - The county celebrates its 189th anniversary.