Indiana is home to the world's largest ball of paint, which is located in Alexandria. The ball started as a small paint-covered baseball in 1977 and has been continuously added to by visitors ever since.

Kosciusko County, located in northern Indiana, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, most notably the Miami and Potawatomi. European settlement began in the early 1800s, with the arrival of fur traders and missionaries. The county was officially established in 1836 and named after Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish general who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

In the mid-19th century, Kosciusko County experienced rapid growth due to the construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This led to the establishment of several towns, including Warsaw, the county seat. The presence of the railroad not only brought economic opportunities but also facilitated the transportation of goods and people, further expanding the county's prosperity.

Agriculture played a significant role in the county's development, with farming becoming the backbone of the local economy. Farmers cultivated various crops, including corn, wheat, and soybeans. Local industries also emerged, such as furniture manufacturing and orthopedic device production, utilizing the county's abundant timber resources.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Kosciusko County became known for its orthopedic industry. Numerous orthopedic manufacturers and hospitals were established, earning the county the nickname "Orthopedic Capital of the World." Today, the orthopedic industry still thrives in Kosciusko County, contributing to its economic stability and providing employment opportunities for residents. Additionally, the county's natural beauty and recreational amenities, including lakes and trails, have made it a popular tourist destination.

  • 1809: Kosciusko County is established by the legislative act of the Indiana Territory.
  • 1836: The county's first courthouse is built in Leesburg.
  • 1837: Warsaw is chosen as the county seat, leading to the decline of Leesburg as a major town.
  • 1854: The first railroad, the Northern Indiana Railroad, is completed in Kosciusko County, boosting transportation and economic development.
  • 1873: The county's current courthouse in Warsaw is completed.
  • 1880s: The county experiences rapid growth, with the population nearly doubling due to increased industrialization and agriculture.
  • 1913: The Dixie Highway, a major north-south route, is built through the county, further improving transportation infrastructure.
  • 1967: Lake Wawasee becomes Indiana's largest natural lake after the completion of a dam project.
  • 1990s: Kosciusko County becomes a hub for the orthopedic industry, earning the nickname "Orthopedic Capital of the World."