A Brief History of Plymouth, IN

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The City of Plymouth

Plymouth is a city in and the county seat of Marshal County, Indiana. Before European establishment, the area was part of the Potawatomi Native Americans' territory. In 1836, Marshall County was formed with the arrival of many settlers from New England. Two years later, the Potawatomi people were forced to leave the area in the Potawatomi Trail of Death.

In 1851, the Town of Plymouth was incorporated. It was named after Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Mayflower landed in 1620. Following the Reconstruction Era, the town, like many others in Indiana, was a sundown town. There were many signs near the northern city limits that read "Blacks out of town by sundown." This is because the city of South Bend, which had a large population of African Americans, was situated just north of Plymouth on U.S. Route 31. These signs remained up in the city until the mid-1960s when the banning of racial discrimination in the sale, financing and rental of housing was issued in the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

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As of the 2020 census, the population of the city is 9,033 people. Offering jobs in the retail, manufacturing and service sectors, some of the major employers of the city are Hoosier Racing Tire, Pregis Innovative Packaging, Zentis. U.S. manufacturing companies that are headquartered in Plymouth are:

  • American Containers, Inc.
  • Auto Park
  • Arrow Services, Inc.
  • Indiana Tool & Manufacturing, Co. Inc (ITAMCO)
  • Zentis North America, LLC.
  • Wiers Manufacturing, Inc.
  • U.S. Granules Corp.

The city was also the site of the first retail outlet of U.S. retailer Montgomery Ward – a national online shopping and mail-order catalog retailer that was once a leading department store chain– in 1926.

Historic Sites

Plymouth features a number of historical establishments and landmarks that tell the history of the city. The ones that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) are the Plymouth Downtown Historic District, Plymouth Southside Historic District, Plymouth Northside Historic District, Plymouth Fire Station, Marshall County Courthouse, Heminger Travel Lodge, and East Laporte Street Footbridge.

Blueberry Festival

The Marshall County Blueberry Festival was created in 1966 as part of the sesquicentennial celebration for Plymouth. The four-day event takes place over Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park and has been held annually since its beginning. As the third-largest festival in Indiana by attendance, it has been named by the American Bus Association three times as a "Top 100 Event" in the U.S. The festival features the Blueberry Stomp 5K/15K run, the Hoosier Old Wheels Antique Car Show, Bicycle Cruise, hot air balloon launches, fireworks display, and a parade. There are also sporting events, three stages with free entertainment, carnival games and rides, over 300 craft vendors and 100 food vendors from all over the U.S.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is the largest park out of the nine parks in Plymouth. Offering residents and visitors a well-equipped recreational space, it provides amenities like a swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, lighted basketball courts, lighted baseball and softball diamonds, sand volleyball courts, a skatepark, shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, a 2.7-mile Greenway Trail, and a dog park. The park is also home to two playgrounds: a large wooden castle playground that was built in 1993 and a smaller metal one with swings and a climbing wall. It is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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