Indiana: Newton County

Newton County (pop. 14,244) is west of Jasper County, on the border with Illinois. It’s one of six Newton counties in the U.S.

The county seat of Newton County is the town of Kentland (pop. 1,748).

Kentland was the hometown of author George Ade (1866-1944). Ade and David E. Ross were the principal benefactors for the new football stadium at Purdue University in 1924.

Ross-Ade Stadium has been expanded many times.

The Newton County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

A few miles east of Kentland, the town of Goodland (pop. 1,043) was the birthplace of jazz musician Eddie Condon (1905-1973).

He played guitar and banjo.

The Kentland crater, in the area of Kentland and Goodland, is a 5-mile-wide impact crater, dating from many millions of years ago. Because of erosion, few signs of the crater are visible on the surface.

Limestone quarry at the center

The nearby town of Morocco (pop. 1,129) is the home of the Antique Snowmobile Museum of Indiana.

Indiana’s only one

The community of Roselawn, partly in Jasper County, is known for its two nudist resorts, which date from the 1930s.

World’s largest sundial, Sun Aura Resort

Fair Oaks Farms has a variety of agriculture-related experiences for visitors, including the “Dairy Adventure” and the “Pig Adventure,” plus a restaurant and gift shop.


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