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Fort Wayne, Indiana courthouse
Fort Wayne is a city in northeastern Indiana, United States and the county seat of Allen County. As of July 1, 2008, the city had an estimated population of 251,247, making it the 71st largest city in the United States. In 2006, the combined population of the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Statistical Area was 570,779, making it the third largest metropolitan area in Indiana. Fort Wayne's economy has been primarily based on insurance, manufacturing, and healthcare. The metro area is also a contributor to the nation's agricultural sector. Fort Wayne has received recognition by the National Civic League with the All-America City Award in 1982-1983 and 1998. United States Army general and American Revolutionary War statesman General "Mad" Anthony Wayne is the namesake of Fort Wayne. The United States Army built this last in a series of forts near the community of Kekionga, the largest of all Miami villages, which is located where the St. Joseph River and St. Marys River join to form the Maumee River.



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Evansville is the third-largest city in the state of Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 121,582, and a metropolitan population of 342,815. It is the county seat of Vanderburgh County and the regional hub for the Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois tri-state area. Settled in 1812, the city is situated on a gentle horseshoe bend on the Ohio River and often referred to as "River City." One of the most popular attractions in the region is Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casino in the state of Indiana. Evansville is also home to both the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. In 2004 Evansville was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League.




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South Bend, Indiana courthouse
South Bend is a city in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total of 107,789; its metropolitan area had a population of 316,663. It is the fourth largest city in Indiana. The city is the county seat of St. Joseph County. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region commonly known as Michiana. The St. Joseph River flows from the east end of the city turning north near the city center, giving South Bend its name because it is at the south bend of the river. Since South Bend sits on the North-South continental divide, the river flows north into Lake Michigan.



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Gary is the largest city in Lake County, Indiana, USA. The city is located in the southeastern portion of Chicagoland and is approximately 25 miles from downtown Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 102,746 and is the largest Indiana city that is not a county seat. The city sits on the southern end of the former lake bed of the prehistoric Lake Chicago, and the current Lake Michigan. Most of the city's soil nearly one foot below the surface is pure sand. The city was founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation as the home for its new plant, and named after the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H. Gary.




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Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of Chicagoland. The population was 83,048 at the 2000 census. The city sits within the boundaries of the former Lake Chicago. Most of the city is on sandy soil with a layer of black topsoil that varies from non-existent to several feet (a meter or more) thick. Much of the exposed sand has been removed for purposes such as industrial use to make concrete and glass. Hammond was incorporated on April 21, 1884. The first permanent residents arrived around 1847 to settle on land between the Grand and Little Calumet Rivers, on the South end of Lake Michigan.




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Student Building IU Bloomington
Bloomington is a city in south central Indiana. Located about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis, it is the county seat of Monroe County. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city had a total population of 69,291. Bloomington is the home of Indiana University's flagship campus (established in 1820) attended by about 40,000 students and the largest and original campus of the Indiana University system. It is also the home of the Kinsey Institute and The Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. Bloomington has been named a Tree City for more than 20 years. The city was the site of the Academy Award-winning movie Breaking Away, featuring the annual IU bicycle race Little 500.



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Ball state university bell tower
Muncie is a city in Delaware County in east central Indiana, best known as the home of Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation. It is the principal city of the Muncie, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area was first settled in the 1770s by the Delaware Indians,who had been transported from their tribal lands near the east coast to Ohio and eastern Indiana. They founded several towns along the White River including Muncietown, near the site of present-day Muncie. The tribes were forced to cede their land to the federal government and move further west in 1818, and in 1820 the area was opened to white settlers. The city of Muncie was incorporated in 1865.



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Lafayette Indiana
Lafayette is a city in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 63 miles (101 km) northwest of Indianapolis. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 56,397. The city is the county seat of Tippecanoe County. West Lafayette, just across the Wabash River, is home to Purdue University, which has a large impact on both communities. In its earliest days Lafayette was a shipping center on the Wabash River. The Wabash and Erie Canal in the 1840s further cemented Lafayette's regional prominence and was escalated by the arrival of the railroads in the 1850s. The Monon Railroad connected Lafayette with other sections of Indiana.



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Downtown Indianapolis
Indianapolis is the capital city of the State of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. According to the 2000 Census, its population is listed as 791,926, making it Indiana's most populous city, the 13th largest city in the U.S. and the third largest city in the Midwest. A city that has managed to escape a Rust Belt reputation, Indianapolis is well known as a city with a strong sports reputation, having hosted major events such as the 1987 Pan American Games, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and is perhaps most famous for annually hosting the Indianapolis 500. Common nicknames for Indianapolis include the Circle City, Indy, and the Crossroads of America.



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Vigo County Courthouse
Terre Haute is a city in Vigo County, Indiana near the state's western border with Illinois. It is the principal city of and is included in the Terre Haute, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,614. The city is the county seat of Vigo County. Its current Mayor is Kevin D. Burke. Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University, a public university with a student population just over 11,000. The private engineering school Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is located just east of the city, and is consistently rated one of the top engineering schools in the nation.



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Carmel's Arts and Design District.
Carmel is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 37,733 at the 2000 census but has been growing very rapidly. In 2005 the population was recorded to be over 65,000. It is considered to be a suburb (or edge city) of Indianapolis and is characterized by its many roundabouts. Until the late 1800s, the settlement where present day Carmel now sits was called Bethlehem. Today, the plot first established in Bethlehem, located at the intersection of Rangeline Road and Main Street, is marked by a clock tower, donated by the local Rotary Club in 2002.



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Looking towards downtown Elkhart
Elkhart is a city located about 100 miles due east of Chicago in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. It has the larger population of the two principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area, in a region commonly known as Michiana. The city has a population of 51,874 as of the 2000 census. Despite the name, Goshen, located about 10 miles south of Elkhart, is the county seat of Elkhart County.



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New Albany (pronounced /ˈɑːlbəni/) is a city in Floyd County, Indiana, United States, situated along the Ohio River opposite Louisville, Kentucky. In 1900, 20,628 people lived in New Albany; in 1910, 20,629; in 1920, 22,992; and in 1940, 25,414. The population was 37,603 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Floyd County[3]. It is bounded by I-265 to the north and the Ohio River to the south, and is considered part of the Louisville, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area. The mayor of New Albany is Doug England, a Democrat, whose current term is set to expire on January 1, 2012



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