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.

Shelby County, Indiana has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1821. Named after Isaac Shelby, the first governor of Kentucky, the county was primarily settled by pioneers from Kentucky and Tennessee. These settlers were attracted to the area due to its fertile soil and opportunities for farming.

The county played a significant role in the Underground Railroad, with several known stations and abolitionists residing in the area. Local residents assisted escaped slaves in their journey to freedom by providing shelter and guidance. This period of history has left a lasting impact on Shelby County and is commemorated through various historical markers and events.

In the late 19th century, the discovery of natural gas in the county brought about a period of economic growth and industrial development. Natural gas was used to power factories, leading to the establishment of several manufacturing plants. This led to an increase in population and improvements in infrastructure, such as the construction of railroads and the expansion of towns and cities.

Today, Shelby County continues to thrive as a predominantly rural community with a strong agricultural presence. The county is known for its farming practices, including corn, soybeans, and livestock production. The rich history of Shelby County is celebrated through various local museums, historical sites, and community events, providing residents and visitors with a deeper appreciation for the area's past.

  • 1818 - Shelby County is established by an act of the Indiana General Assembly.
  • 1820 - The first courthouse is built in the county seat, Shelbyville.
  • 1839 - The Michigan Road, a major transportation route, is completed through Shelby County.
  • 1861-1865 - Shelby County contributes soldiers to the Union Army during the American Civil War.
  • 1880 - The population of Shelby County reaches its peak at 23,371.
  • 1904 - The Shelby County Fair, which still continues today, is first held.
  • 1922 - The county experiences a devastating tornado, resulting in significant damage and loss of life.
  • 1941-1945 - Shelby County residents serve in World War II.
  • 2000 - The population of Shelby County reaches 44,547.