OUR HOMETOWN

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DECATUR, INDIANA

 

 

Decatur, Indiana is our hometown, and we’re proud to share a little taste of it with you.

The city, which serves as the county seat of Adams County, takes its name after the prominent war hero Stephen Decatur, Jr., one of the captains of the original six frigates of the US Navy.

When Indiana claimed official statehood in 1816, Decatur’s name was as well-known and revered as any star or celebrity today, thus when the town of Decatur was founded in 1836 it took its name in honor of the war hero. Decatur is home to Adams Memorial Hospital, which was designated as one of the “Top 100” Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. The population of Decatur was 9,405 at the 2010 census.

  • Some of the larger employers in Decatur include All American Homes, Bunge Limited, Fleetwood RV, and Thunderbird Products, which produces Formula Boats.
  • Five unique restaurants well known in the surrounding area draw a large number of diners: Arnold’s Drive-In, Back 40 Junction, The Galley, Two Brothers Bar and Restaurant, and the West End Restaurant.
  • Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, well known for performance tuning and producing after-market parts for GM sports cars (especially the Chevrolet Corvette) is located in Decatur.
  • Located south of Fort Wayne, Indiana on U.S. Highway 27
  • Decatur is the county seat of Adams County.
  • The world’s first monument dedicated exclusively to peace was constructed in Decatur; it stands in the courtyard of the Adams County Courthouse.
  • Callithumpian Parade, a major annual event, takes place on the night of the last Monday in October.
  • Decatur is the hometown of Television and Movie director David Anspaugh who directed Hoosiers and Rudy.
  • And most importantly, Decatur is the home of the U-5 Racing Team.

The local high school in Decatur is Bellmont High School; approximately 900 students attend BHS, some of whom are coached in rifle by U-5 Racing’s own Andrew “Goober” Werling.

A man (Samuel Rugg) with a vision founded the city of Decatur in 1836. The vision was that this town would be the county seat and would grow to be a city of importance. That is exactly what has transpired in the intervening years.

Decatur is not only the county seat but also the home to many thousands of people that daily set about the task of providing a living for themselves and families. A focal point of the downtown is the magnificent Victorian courthouse that was built in 1873 and remains the home of the County government. The county historical society is also located near downtown in a beautiful home once occupied by a prominent family of Decatur. The location of North Adams Community School District and Bellmont Junior/Senior High School at the east edge of Decatur on the grounds of the former Steele’s Park and Fairgrounds is a beautiful place indeed and a source of local pride. The only hospital in Adams County is also located in Decatur and has provided the best of care for more than eighty years through a network of local and visiting physicians and specialists from nearby Fort Wayne.