Kosciusko County (pop. 77,358) is west of Noble County. The only Kosciusko County in the U.S., it has about 75 lakes within its borders.
The county was named for Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kosciuszko (1746-1817), a Polish-Lithuanian military leader who fought on the American side in the Revolutionary War.
The county seat of Kosciusko County is the city of Warsaw (pop. 13,559), named for the capital of Poland.
Warsaw has long been known as the “Orthopedic Capital of the World” because of its cluster of industries and services related to orthopedic (or orthopaedic) devices.
Authors Ambrose Bierce (1842-circa 1914) and Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) and former NBA basketball player Rick Fox all lived in Warsaw and attended Warsaw High School.
The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw hosts the Symphony of the Lakes and a variety of other concerts and plays.
The 2008 documentary film “American Teen” was filmed at Warsaw High School and featured actual Warsaw students.
Just east of Warsaw, the town of Winona Lake (pop. 4,908) is the home of Grace College and Theological Seminary. Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935) lived in Winona Lake for many years.
Northeast of Warsaw, Webster Lake has summer excursions on the Dixie, built in 1929, “Indiana’s oldest sternwheel excursion boat.”
The town of Mentone (pop. 1,001) calls itself the “Egg Basket of the Midwest” because of its large commercial egg enterprises. Mentone has an annual Egg Festival.
Mentone is also the home of the Bell Aircraft Museum, named for Lawrence D. Bell (1894-1956) – the Mentone native who founded the Bell Aircraft Corporation. The Bell X-1 was the first supersonic aircraft.
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