City of New Castle,Indiana

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History
 
New Castle is the county seat of Henry County, named in honor of Virginia patriot Patrick Henry.  Henry County was created on December 31, 1821 from the Delaware New Purchase.  The county was officially organized June 1, 1822.  Henry County was the birthplace of Wilbur Wright and is the setting for Ross Lockridge's Raintree County.
 
New Castle is the home of the largest high school gymnasium in the world and has produced many basketball stars including College All-American and NBA players Kent Benson and Steve Alford.
 
The city tree is the Golden Raintree, based on The Legend of the Raintree:  "Legendary Johnny Appleseed, wandered the Midwest carrying among his apple seeds a single, exotic seed from the golden raintree.  Looking for a place where it would flourish and grow, he planted it somewhere in Henry County.  Legend has it that those who find the raintree discover the realization of all dreams."  From the historical novel and movie, Raintree County.
 
 
  New Castle - Henry County History & Mystery            

Below are links to a collection of books, videos and news articles which have been written and shine a light on the history and mysteries of New Castle and Henry County.

         Mt Lawn Memories Still Makes Hearts Race

         New Castle's First Mail Carrier Befriended Lincoln
         Historically Speaking-A Lincoln Log
         Historically Speaking-Coliseum Explosion

         Teaming with History-by Donna Cronk
         Krell-French Piano History - by Darrel Radford
          From ' Rose City' to ruins - by Darrel Radford
          Remembering General Oman Bundy - by Ben Badgley
          'St. Anne and Her People' - by Doug Magers
          Jesse French Piano Company - 1875
          Lagonda Piano Company - 1900
          Automotive History - Maxwell / Chrysler 1904-1990
          History of New Castle High School 1822-2013
          1840's Downtown Murphey Building History - article by Darrel Radford
 
          The Catherine Winters' 1913 disappearance mystery:
               What Happened to Catherine Winters - by Eldon Pitts
               100 Year Old Mystery - by Eldon Pitts
               A little girl lost, a great flood - by Darrel Radford
               100 Years Later - the search for Catherine Winters - by Darrel Radford

               1990 WRTV6 News - YouTube video

               No Bones About It


 
 
Trivia
 
The largest high school gymnasium in the entire world is in the New Castle Fieldhouse at New Castle High School.  The fieldhouse capacity is 9,235.
New Castle is home to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
New Castle is home to one of kart racing's most popular tracks, New Castle Motorsports Park.  The track is owned by former IRL driver Mark Dinsmore.
In the City's Baker Park you'll find a Native American mound dating to approximately 2000 BP.
Hoosier Manufacturing Company made popular and still prized collectible kitchen cabinets between 1900-1920 from New Castle.  Over 700,000 sold.
8 city parks totallying 300+ acres.
Bundy Auditorium seats 1,130.
Aquatic Center opened in 2008 is fully accessible.
Homes available in range of $40,000-$300,000; Median price is $60,000.

 

News & Notices

  • Anita Abrell to Retire from City After 32+ Years

    Published: Friday, February 22, 2013

    2/21/2013 6:35:00 AM Article compliments of The Courier-Times, subscriptions available at www.thecourier-times.com 'Big shoes to fill' Anita Abrell to retire from city; public welcome at open house Anita Abrell has been at the same city desk f...

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