Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jasper, Indiana

Jasper

Area - Total - 13.20 sq mi (34.19 km2)
Land - 13.11 sq mi (33.95 km2)
Water - 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation - 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2010) - 15,038
Time zone - EST (UTC-6)
ZIP codes - 47546, 47547, 47549
Area code - 812


Jasper History
The Patoka River, which flows into the Wabash River, was a navigable transportation conduit that brought the first English American Protestant settlers into the area in the early 1800's. The first prominent family in the area, the Enlows, purchased a mill constructed by Andrew Evans when they moved into the area from Kentucky and the first name, Enlow's Hill, came from their family name. The Enlow's had been neighbors to the Lincoln family who had moved into the area earlier.
The Enlow's donated eighty acres of land to the new town site when the county seat moved to the town in 1830 from Portersville.
The town contained about sixty residents and five Catholic families when Fr. Joseph Kundek became parish priest in 1838. He immediately began the work of enlarging the town by encouraging German Catholic families in Cincinnati and the Black Forest area in Germany to come and settle in the new town. Father Kundek was also instrumental in beginning nearby St. Meinrad Abbey.
The town continues to celebrate its German ancestry through festivals and foreign exchange student programs with families in Germany.

Jasper City Mill
Church Avenue Park Beaver Lake
Buehler Park
Fruits and Flowers Trail
Lions Riverview Park
Visual Arts & Krempp Gallery
Dave Buehler Plaza
Spirit of Jasper Train and Depot
Jasper River Walk
Buffalo Trace Golf Course
L.H. Sturm Hardware
Dubois County Museum
Scheaffer Barn
Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame
Jasper Downtown Shopping District
Alvin C. Ruxer Golf Course - Driving Range
Dubois County Courthouse

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