Peru, Indiana bills itself as the Circus Capital of the World, and rightly so.
When purchasing home insurance one anticipates every contingency, including such events as a “100 Year Flood.” In June 2008, Hoosiers in south-central Indiana learned exactly how formidable that event could be. The state’s hydrologist officially termed the 2008 deluge a “100 Year Flood” when water levels broke records set during the Great Flood of 1913. [...]
The turn-of-the-century phenomenon known as Chautauqua was uniquely American in its blend of religion and entertainment, politics and culture, and the bucolic enjoyment provided by the booming railroad industry. The Winona Lake Chautauqua was no exception.
Peru, Indiana served as home base for some of the greatest shows on earth in an era when the circus industry relied heavily on rail travel.
Inspired by George Washington's idea of linking the east to the midwest, early Indiana leaders set about the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal.
Cole Albert Porter composed hundreds of songs for Broadway, movies and television. He was born in Peru, Indiana, on June 9, 1891.