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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Warren County Courthouse
Q&A with County Coordinator Cindy McCabe

What do you consider the key accomplishment(s) of your county’s Bicentennial celebration?

  • Historical Time of Indiana featuring Warren County. It allowed us to tell our story as a state and as a county, featuring all the famous Hoosiers from Warren County and Indiana.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your county's Bicentennial celebration.

  • Children greeting the torch at our county's History Day at the Illiana Power and Steam show grounds and Pine Village School.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your county's celebration?

  • There will be an archive at the Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 300.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 1,800.

Warren County Legacy Projects

Photos of Warren County's Bicentennial Activities and Events

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Warren County Facts

Warren County was established on March 1, 1827 by the Indiana General Assembly. It was named for Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed in 1775 at the Battle of Bunker Hill, in which he fought as a private because his commission as a general had not yet taken effect.

Big Pine Creek extends approximately 51 miles from its source in White County to its confluence with the Wabash River at Attica. One stretch, named Rocky Ford, is a series of rock ledges just downstream from Rainsville. During periods of high water, this stretch provides some of the finest whitewater canoeing in Indiana. The water rapidly slides over the creek’s solid rock bottom for a distance of approximately 1/2 mile. Expert kayakers and canoeists are tested by the chutes and standing waves (some as high as 3 feet) during high flow.

Warren County is one of the most rural counties in the state, third-smallest population and lowest population density. Mostly agrarian, its farmland is among the most productive in Indiana. Many hills, valleys, and tributary streams are heavily wooded, with several natural land formations, such as the Potholes (Fall Creek Gorge Nature Preserve), Williamsport Falls, and Black Rock and College Rock, where Native American history comes alive.  Warren County is one of Indiana’s hidden treasures. – Submitted by Chris Brown, Williamsport Public Library Director

Near the small town of Kramer, the Hotel Mudlavia once had an international reputation. Built in 1890 at a cost of $250,000,it drew guests from around the world. Famous people such as James Whitcomb Riley, John L. Sullivan and Harry Lauder are known to have stayed at the hotel.

The nearby natural springs were said to have healing qualities. Later, water from the springs was bottled and sold by Indianapolis-based Cameron Springs company, which was acquired by the Perrier Group of America in 2000 for about $10.5 million. Subsequently, the water was marketed under a variety of names but is no longer being sold.

County Seat: Williamsport
Year Organized: 1827
Square Miles: 364.68

Warren County Bicentennial Committee

  • Cindy McCabe
  • Chris Brown
  • Wini Clark
  • Terri Wargo
  • Margaret Fink
  • Deb Hiatt
  • Carol Clark
  • Wilma Shackleton
  • Susan Abel
  • Susan Ulrich
  • Dick Dobbels
  • Steve Eberly
  • Tony Briles
  • Joan Fry
  • Kathy Hofmeister