Indiana: Putnam County

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.

Baker’s Camp Bridge (1901)

The county seat of Putnam County is the city of Greencastle (pop. 10,326).

Putnam County Courthouse (1905)

Greencastle is the home of DePauw University, a private liberal arts university that was founded in 1837.

About 2,400 students

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.

One of two in the U.S.

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).

Since 1950

The town of Roachdale has annual Cockroach Races during the Fourth of July weekend.

Roaches are imported from South Carolina.


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