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Parke County, Indiana


"The Covered Bridge Capital of the World"

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History & History-related items

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Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Indiana state capital is Indianapolis.
The population of Rosedale is approximately 741 (2006), 725 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 322 (2000), 287 (2010).
The amount of land area in Rosedale is 1.027 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Rosedale is 0.40 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Rosedale to Washington DC is 584 miles.
The distance to the Indiana state capital is 65 miles. (as the crow flies)
Rosedale is positioned 39.62 degrees north of the equator and 87.28 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Rosedale elevation is 542 feet above sea level.
Rosedale per capita income is $ 15,301 (2000).
Rosedale median income is $ 34,900 (2005).
The Rosedale median home price is $ 56,600 (2005).


in west-central Indiana about 13 miles from Terre Haute and about 79 miles from Indianapolis. Other nearby communities include Mecca, North Terre Haute, Clinton, Seelyville, Fairview Park, Rockville, Staunton and Universal.
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History & History Related Items

Pioneer John Doty setted here in 1817 as the very first resident of the original hub of Parke County. He named it Dotyville. The town was later named for resident philanthropist, Chauncy Rose, who offered to pay for the incorporation if they named it after him as Rosedale. A post office was established in 1860 as well as the Terre Haute & Logansport Railroad in the area. During the height of the coal mining and railroad era in the 1800s, Rosedale grew as large as 1500 residents. The town was made recognizable across the country in the 1930's and 40's pre-television days when WGN radio in Chicago, Illinois syndicated its National Barn Dance program nationwide. Uncle Ezra, the show's host, claimed to broadcast from a small station in Rosedale. His sponsor, makers of, then new, Alka-Seltzer, immortalized the town through the song, Rosedale, Everybody's home town, performed by the Hoosier HotShots band and later published in the Alka-Seltzer sheet music song book. Rosedale was originally settled in 1811 by John Doty and the town was named Dotyville. The name changed when Chauncy Rose offered to pay for the town's incorporation if they named it Rosedale. The town became a recognized community in 1860 when the Terre Haute & Logansport (later the Pennsylvania R.R.) was completed and a post office was established. The peak population was between 1200 & 1500 in the 1800s during the coal mining and railroad era. The estimated population in 2003 was 754.

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The settling of Rosedale

1818 by John M. Doty who is also known as the first permanent settler of Parke County.


This area is known for its covered bridges.

Rosedale Strawberry Festival - held in June each year.
Berry Delicious Fun!
Enjoy country music, Big Band, Christian rock and more. Crafts, vendors, car and motorcycle cruise-ins, model train show, displays, Kid's activities, games, food and, of course, STRAWBERRIES! See the website for exact dates.

Billie Creek Village
entertainment and educational opportunities the year-round.
Re-enactments, festivals, car shows and much more
PO Box 357
65 South Billie Creek Road
Rockville, Indiana 47872
Phone: (765) 569-0252

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival - held in October each year

Rosedale is a peaceful, quiet, country town where we take pride in our farms, academics, and we love having a good ol' country time!
Rosedale is the home of the HOTSHOTS!
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Rosedale Chamber

Parke County Chamber of Commerce
105 N. Market Street, Suite A
Rockville, Indiana 47872
Phone: 765-569-5565
Serving all towns in Parke County including Bloomingdale, Tangier, Marshall, Mansfield, Montezuma, Bridgeton and Rosedale

Rosedale Organizations

Parke County Chamber of Commerce
105 N. Market Street, Suite A
Rockville, Indiana 47872
Phone: 765-569-5565
Serving all towns in Parke County including Bloomingdale, Tangier, Marshall, Mansfield, Montezuma, Bridgeton and Rosedale

Rosedale Libraries

Rockville Public Library
106 North Market Street
Rockville, Indiana 47872
Phone: 765-569-5544

Rosedale Schools

Rockville Community Schools Corporation
602 HOward Avenue
Rockville, IN 47872 Rosedale


The population of Rosedale was:
1990 - 783
2000 - 750
2003 - 754
2006 - 741

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 330
2000 - 322

Median age:
2000 - 33.3 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 34,519
2005 - $ 34,900

Median house value:
2000 - $ 50,100
2005 - $ 56,600

Rosedale is located in the Eastern Time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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