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Whitley County, Indiana
Turtle Town, USA
The first settlers of Churubusco were David Craig and William Walker. Before they arrived, however, the area was inhabited by Native Americans of the Miami Indian tribe. Their chief, Little Turtle, met with three United States Presidents, Washington, Adams and Jefferson.
In 1847, the railroad tracks divided the area into two towns, Franklin to the north and Union to the south. When applications for a post office were made, they found there was already a town named Franklin so a different name had to be chosen. At this time, the US was at war with Mexico and very recently there was a major victory for the US at Churubusco, Mexico. Thus, when one of the residents thought it would be good to name the town for the victory because she had a relative who fought there, the decision was made to make the application in the name of Churubusco. The application for the post office was accepted in November 1847.
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Oscar, the mystery turtle, brought international prominence to Churubusco in 1949. The huge turtle was seen at Fulk Lake. The lake owner tried to trap him but was always unsuccessful. Mr. Harris used scuba divers and trying to empty the Lake to no avail. He even brought in a large female sea turtle to tempt Oscar. The enormous turtle was said to be as large as the top of a car but he still could never be found. Nevertheless, Oscar has gained notoriety and his life is commemorated every year with the local Turtle Days celebration. The town of Churubusco is now known as Turtle Town, USA. Learn all about Oscar here and click on Turtle Days.
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