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East Central Indiana
Highlighted in red are the counties of East Central Indiana.

East Central Indiana is a region in Indiana east of Indianapolis, Indiana, and borders the Ohio state line. The Indiana Gas Boom, which took place during the 1890s, changed much of the area from small agricultural communities to larger cities with economies that included manufacturing. Companies such as Ball Corporation and Overhead Door once had their headquarters in the region. Glass manufacturing was the first industry to be widespread in the area, because of the natural gas. As the glass industry faded, many of the skilled workers became employed at auto parts factories in cities such as Muncie and Anderson. With the decline of the American automobile industry, East Central Indiana became part of the Rust Belt. Many communities have been forced to reinvent themselves with a focus on services or a return to agriculture.

Counties

Downtown in small city with courthouse
Small town with indian statue
Historic downtown Hartford City (left) and downtown Montpelier (right) in Blackford County

County seats

Large gated stone mansion
historic buildings in town
Muncie's Edmund B. and Bertha Ball House (left) and part of the Walnut Street Historic District in downtown Muncie (right) in Delaware County

Notable small towns

Blackford County

Delaware County

Statue of man
Round red barn and farmhouse
Statue of James Whitcomb Riley (left) and the Frank Littleton Round Barn (right) in Hancock County

Hancock County

Henry County

Old brick commercial buildings in historic district
Old two-story brick house with tower
Buildings in the New Castle Commercial Historic District (left) and Knightstown's Elias Hinshaw House (right) in Henry County
View of small town's main street in historic district
Old brick building with clock tower
Portland Commercial Historic District (left) and historic Redkey Town Hall in Jay County.

Jay County

Madison County

View of small town's main street in historic district
Park with rustic fence, small road, and hills
Downtown Anderson (left) and Mounds State Park in Madison County.

Randolph County

Grand old three-story brick house with porch
Courthouse and monument
Historic William Kerr House (left) and county courthouse in Randolph County.
Old three-story mansion with columns and round observatory
Old brick building with clock tower
Richmond's historic Henry and Alice Gennett house (left) and historic Doddridge Chapel in Wayne County.

Wayne County

Public and large private high schools in East Central Indiana

Blackford County

  • Blackford High School - Hartford City

Delaware County

  • Cowan High School - Cowan
  • Daleville High School - Daleville
  • Muncie Burris High School - Muncie
  • Wapahani High School - Selma
  • Wes-Del High School - Gaston
  • Yorktown High School - Yorktown
  • Muncie Central High School - Muncie
  • Muncie South Side High School - Muncie
  • Delta High School - Eaton

Henry County

  • Blue River Valley High School-Mr. Summit
  • Shannondoah High School-Middletown
  • Tri High-Lewisville
  • New Castle Crystler High School- New Castle
  • Knightstown High School-Knightstown

Jay County

  • Jay County High School - Portland

Madison County

  • Alexandria-Monroe High School-Alexandria
  • Anderson High School-Anderson
  • Anderson Preparatory Academy - Anderson
  • Liberty Christian -Anderson
  • Pendleton Heights High School-Pendleton
  • Lapel High School-Lapel
  • Frankton High School-Frankton
  • Elwood Community High School-Elwood

Randolph County

  • Union High School (Modoc)-Modoc
  • Randolph Southern High School-Lynn
  • Winchester Community High School-Winchester
  • Union City High School-Union City
  • Monroe Central High School-Parker City

Wayne County Indiana

  • Hagerstown High School-Hagerstown High School
  • Lincoln High School-Cambridge City
  • Centerville High School-Centerville
  • Richmond High School-Richmond
  • Northeastern High School-Fountain City

Coordinates: 40°04′N 85°22′W / 40.07°N 85.37°W / 40.07; -85.37

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