Putnam County (pop. 37,963) is west of Hendricks County. It was named for Revolutionary War hero Gen. Israel Putnam (1718-1790).
Putnam County is known for its nine historic covered bridges.
The county seat of Putnam County is the city of Greencastle (pop. 10,326).
Greencastle is the home of DePauw University, a private liberal arts university that was founded in 1837.
The Science and Mathematics Center at DePaul has a three-dimensional display called the Periodic Museum of Elements.
Downtown Greencastle has a World War II German buzz bomb (V-1) on display.
John Dillinger and his gang robbed the Central National Bank in Greencastle of $74,000 in 1933. It was his largest haul ever from a bank robbery.
The House of Bells is in the town of Cloverdale (pop. 2,172).
The town of Roachdale has annual Cockroach Races during the Fourth of July weekend.
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