The Wabash River, which flows through western Indiana, was the inspiration for the state song, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," written by Paul Dresser in 1897. It became one of the most popular songs of its time and has since become a symbol of the state's heritage.

Newton County, located in the state of Indiana, has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The county was officially organized on December 20, 1835, and was named in honor of Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist and mathematician. It was formed from portions of Jasper County, and quickly became known for its agricultural potential and natural beauty.

Settlement in the area began in the 1820s, with many pioneers attracted to the fertile soil and timber resources. The county's early economy was based on agriculture, particularly corn and wheat farming. The establishment of the Wabash and Erie Canal in the 1840s further fueled economic growth, providing a transportation route for farmers to export their goods.

The mid-19th century brought significant changes to Newton County. The arrival of the railroad in the 1850s connected the county to larger markets, allowing for increased trade and development. With the railroad's expansion, coal mining also became a major industry in the area. Several mining towns were established, such as Ade, Goodland, and Sumava Resorts, attracting immigrants looking for job opportunities.

Throughout its history, Newton County has experienced both successes and challenges. The construction of highways and the decline of the railroad industry in the mid-20th century led to changes in the county's economy and population. However, agriculture remains a vital part of the county's heritage, with modern farmers utilizing advanced technologies and techniques to sustain the land.

Today, Newton County continues to embrace its rural character while also adapting to meet the needs of a changing world. Its rich history, natural resources, and welcoming community make it a unique and vibrant part of Indiana.

  • 1836 - Newton County is established, named after Sir Isaac Newton
  • 1851 - The county's first courthouse is built in Kentland
  • 1881 - The Monon Railroad is extended through the county, increasing trade and transportation
  • 1907 - Construction of the Brookston Reservoir begins for water supply
  • 1925 - The county's first high school, the Kentland High School, is established
  • 1943 - Newton County becomes a part of the United States' Manhattan Project during World War II
  • 1960 - Birth of Newton County Historical Society, dedicated to preserving the county's history
  • 1995 - The town of Morocco celebrates its centennial
  • 2007 - Newton County hosts its first Covered Bridge Festival
  • 2019 - Newton County's population is approximately 14,150 individuals