Beanblossom, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Brown County's location in Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Beanblossom is located in Brown County, Indiana
Location in Brown County
Coordinates: 39°16′01″N 86°14′57″W / 39.26694°N 86.24917°W / 39.26694; -86.24917Coordinates: 39°16′01″N 86°14′57″W / 39.26694°N 86.24917°W / 39.26694; -86.24917
Country United States
State Indiana
County Brown
Township Jackson
Elevation 735 ft (224 m)
ZIP code 46160
FIPS code 18-03790[1]
GNIS feature ID 430609[2]

Beanblossom, also spelled Bean Blossom, is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Brown County, Indiana. The town was named for the nearby Beanblossom Creek, which was in turn named for a person whose surname was Beanblossom.[3]

Bean Blossom is best known as the home of the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground, a 55-acre (220,000 m2) wooded campground which for more than 60 years has hosted music performances (mostly country and bluegrass),[citation needed] first at the Brown County Jamboree barn and currently at outdoor stages.[4] source ( Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground Official Website. "History" posted Jan 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.) A bluegrass festival (currently called the Bill Monroe Memorial Festival) has been held every June since 1967 and is the longest continuously-running bluegrass festival in the world. source: ( Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park Official Bean Blossom Site. "Welcome" page. posted January 18, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.)[citation needed]

In 2008, a charitable foundation was formed, called the Bean Blossom - Brown County Jamboree Preservation Foundation, with a mission of acquiring the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground to promote the traditional music played at that site, preserve the historical landmark, and foster development and civic pride in Brown County, Indiana.

Beautiful Downtown Bean Blossom[edit]

The little town is known for its joke t-shirts proclaiming "Beautiful Downtown Bean Blossom," which are popular with music park attendees and local church camp attendees like those at Lutheran Hills and Waycross Camp, as well as with other tourists who happen to pass through. A contest is held every year to see who can submit a photograph of a Bean Blossom t-shirt in the most exotic location. In the late 1960s, the television show "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" regularly joked about their studio's location in "Beautiful Downtown Burbank." In Bean Blossom, Indiana, this transplanted joke first appeared around 1970 as a painted sign on Carl Brummett's wrecker truck; by 1972, local grocer Jack McDonald began selling "Beautiful Downtown Bean Blossom" t-shirts at his store, and he has continued to do so . . .


Beanblossom is located at 39°16′01″N 86°14′57″W / 39.26694°N 86.24917°W / 39.26694; -86.24917, about four miles (6 km) north of Nashville at the intersection of state roads 45 and 135. The closest town to Beanblossom is Helmsburg, approximately two miles west.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Beanblossom, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
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  4. ^ Adler, Thomas (2011). Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03615-6. 
  • Inman, N. Carol (1991). The Origins of 1001 Towns In Indiana. Indiana State Historical Association. 

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