A Look Into Greensburg, Indiana

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Description of Greensburg

Greensburg is a city within and the county seat of Decatur County, Indiana. Founded by Thomas Hendricks Sr., the city was laid out in 1822 and named after Greensburg, Pennsylvania – the hometown of his wife. A year after the Greensburgh post office was open. Its name would remain so until 1894.

In the early part of the 1900s, race relations in Greensburg became worse. After race riots against African Americans in 1906 and 1907, they were expelled from the city. Greensburg became a sundown town. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 11,492 people. It is racially made up of 96.1% White, 2.4% Hispanic or Latino of Any Race, 1.3% Asian, 0.9% Other Races, 0.9% Two or More Races, 0.4% African American, and 0.2% Native American.

Historic Sites

Within the City of Greensburg are a number of establishments and properties that depict its history. They include:

  • Greensburgh Downtown Historic District
  • Greensburg Carnegie Public Library
  • Decatur County Courthouse
  • Bromwell
  • Bright B. Harris House
  • Knights of Pythias Building and Theatre
  • Jerman School

These historic sites are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Decatur County Courthouse

The Decatur County Courthouse gave the city its nickname of "Tree City." The historic courthouse was built in 1854 of the Romanesque style. It is known for the trees that grow out of its tower. In a recent study done by the foresters of Purdue University, the tree was identified as a mulberry tree. Throughout the years, many trees have grown and died on the tower, with a new one sprouting up after the former died. On April 27, 1973, the historic courthouse was added to the NRHP.

Decatur County Park

Decatur County is made up of 19 parks. Providing a recreational space for residents and visitors to the area, the Decatur County Park is located in the City of Greensburg on West Park Road. Managed by the Decatur County Parks and Recreation Department, the more than 16-acre park feature a 10-acre lake, tennis court, lighted basketball court, open space, playground, horseshoe pits, paddleboats, picnic tables and shelter houses. Annual shelter house reservations can be made in person on by phone on a first-come, first-served basis. The park's hours of operation are every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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