The City of Crawfordsville, Indiana

Small City... Big Possibilities

Innovation in Arts & Sports

Crawfordsville is home to many famous authors including General Lew Wallace who wrote one of our country’s most renowned literary works, “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, as well as Maurine Dallas Watkins who wrote the stage play “Chicago”. Besides its reputation for creative arts, Crawfordsville is also known as the “Cradle of Basketball”. As one of only a dozen communities in Indiana where the Hoosier game of basketball started, it proudly boasts two firsts: it was the first site where the peach basket was replaced by two metal hoops made by a local blacksmith, and in 1894 was the first community to host an official game of basketball with paying fans.

Explore the arts and our history:

Athens Arts Gallery

The Vanity Theater/Sugar Creek Players

Wabash College Fine Arts Center


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