BATESVILLE - INDIANA

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

Batesville

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Population 6500

From its early beginnings of German immigrants, Batesville has continued to welcome residents of many nationalities as well as continue to evolve as a community committed to faith, family, education and a strong economy.

 

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Batesville was founded by George H. Dunn. His company bought land and created new towns along rail lines that it began since Dunn was president of the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railroad. Joshua Bates, who platted the town of Batesville, is thought to be the source of the name. On November 1, 1853, the first train from Cincinnati to Indianapolis passed through Batesville.

Once the railway opened, Dunn and Bates constructed more buildings. George Sims laid out Batesville’s first addition in 1858. German immigrant Henry Boehringer became Batesville's first major builder. A three-story building with a basement became known as the Boehringer Hall because of the dance floor on the third story.

In 1884 Batesville organized the Batesville Casket Company. Also in 1884, the town jail was completed at a cost of $211.55. The inmates were forced to break stone to pay for their stay in the prison. In 1889, Batesville finally paved its roads with stone that came from the Hillenbrand and Oberting Stone Quarry.

 

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Dr. C. W. Gibson built a new theatre in 1921 on Main Street. It began bringing the most celebrated screen plays in production. "Talking pictures" were installed in 1929. Electrical pianos had long been in use following hand and player pianos. Victrolas, gramophones and local orchestras were all replaced by sound pictures.

gibson theatre 1921 1921

Today, the Gibson is a quaint structure reminiscent of one of the neon-lit buildings one would find along historic Route 66. One of the unique features of the Gibson is it's balcony seating.

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