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The clergy abuse lawyers in Monticello bring you this article in hopes of encouraging you to learn more about the history of the city. See what it has to offer residents and visitors.

History of Monticello

Monticello is a city in the Union Township of White County, Indiana. Laid out as the county seat of White County in 1834, the city was named after the estate of former President Thomas Jefferson in Virginia. The post office that was established that same year is still in operation to this day.

Monticello was met with destruction on April 3, 1974. An F4 tornado that was part of the 1974 Super Outbreak caused serious damages to the city, including the death of eight people. After the storm, 300 hundred deaths were reported across the U.S. Local paper compared the aftermath to that of a World War II bombing.

After a recession in the 2000s, the city was left with only a few numbers of manufacturing plants. Unfortunately, on September 2, 2005, Jordan Manufacturing – one of the remaining ones – burnt down. Firefighters from seven surrounding communities came to assist in putting it out. Three thousand gallons of water were blasted on it every minute for the first three hours of the blaze. The fire resulted in four blocks of Monticello being contaminated with toxins.

As of the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 3.686 square miles and a population of 5,378 people. It is known as a tourist designation in the north-central part of Indiana because of its proximity to Lake Freeman, Lake Shafer and the Indiana Beach amusement park.

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Monticello Carnegie Library

Monticello Carnegie Library is a former library in the historic Carnegie library building of Monticello. Now home to the White County Historical Society, it was designed by Charles E. Kendrick and built in 1907. The two-story buff brick building is of the Classical Revival style. In 1957, a two-story addition was constructed. On June 25, 2013, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Indiana Beach

Indiana Beach is an amusement resort on Lake Shafer in Monticello. Developed by the Spackman family in 1926, it is now owned and operated by IB Parks and Entertainment. Originally named Ideal Beach, the amusement park was opened by Earl W. Spackman as a small lakeside beach with a refreshment stand and bathhouse.

In 2020, after acquiring the park in 2015, Apex Parks Group announced the closure of Indiana Beach due to financial reasons. However, because it was a major generator of White County's tourism revenue, the county decided to offer a $3 million dollar loan to the buyer of the park. In April of 2020, Indiana beach was sold to Chicago businessman Gene Staples and remained opened. Some of its rides and attractions include:

  • Cornball Express
  • Hoosier Hurricane
  • Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain
  • Tig'rr Coaster
  • American Dreier Looping
  • Action river
  • Big Flush Water Coaster
  • Sandy beach swimming area
  • 5 tube slides
  • Splash bash water spray pad
  • Air Crow
  • Antique Autos
  • Den of Lost Thieves
  • Flying Bobs
  • Rockin' Tug
  • Rocky's Rapids
  • Sea Dragon
  • Shafer Queen (Paddle Wheel Riverboat)
  • Water Swings
  • Cap'n Crow's Bumper Boats
  • Dr. Frankenstein's Haunted Castle
  • Kiddieland

The resort also includes motel, hotel and cabin accommodations. There is also a campground with around 1,000 campsites. Indiana Beach operates from May to October and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. On Saturdays, it is open until 11 p.m.

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