New Castle, the county seat of Henry County just east of Indianapolis, is home to the largest high school gymnasium in the world. But that's not its only achievement. The city has a rich history and is "planning for its future growth and success." Community leaders are planning and working toward achieving a stronger city one, that is prosperous, beautiful and green.
The city of New Castle and Henry County both have interesting stories to tell. New Castle's city tree is the Golden Raintree, based on The Legend of the Raintree, from the historical novel and movie, Raintree County: "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."
The area, featuring the 9,235-seat New Castle Fieldhouse, has produced many famous basketball stars including College All-American and NBA players Kent Benson and Steve Alford. Its basketball heritage is well-reflected in the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame near Chrysler High School.
Some other famous former New Castle residents include:
- Wilbur Wright, of the flying Wright Brothers, was born nearby
- Robert Indiana, artist who created the world-renowned LOVE sculpture
- Omar Bundy; military hero from the Indian Wars and Spanish-American War, and a General during World War I (no relation to Al or Ted)
- William Grose, American Civil War General
- Vern Huffman, All-American basketball and football player for Indiana University (hey, Vern!)
- Trevor Chowning, Hollywood talent agent/producer (we're not chowning around, either)
Other tidbits about New Castle:
- New Castle is home to one of go-kart racing's most popular tracks, New Castle Motorsports Park, owned by former IRL driver Mark Dinsmore
- In Baker Park there's a Native American mound from around 2,000 B.C., which has depressions that align to sunrise/sunset during the equinoxes as well as aligning with similar mounds many miles away.
- Hoosier Manufacturing Company built prized collectible kitchen cabinets between 1900-1920.
- The Bundy Auditorium seats 1,130 for many arts and performing events.
- New Castle's Aquatic Center opened in 2008.
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