Introduction to Decatur, Indiana
Located in Adams county, Decatur, Indiana, is 23 miles SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center) and 91 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio. The city is part of the Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Decatur was founded in 1836 by Samuel Rugg. The city was named in honor of Stephen Decatur, Jr., the prominent American naval hero. It became the county seat of Adams county on May 18, 1836. The county itself was established on March 1, 1836, and named after John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States. The Adams county courthouse was built in 1872 - 1873, and was designed by J. C. Johnson.
Decatur and nearby Attractions
- Adams county Historical Museum
- Ouabache State Park
- African American Historical Museum
- Limberlost State Historic Site
- Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Science Central
Things To Do In Decatur
Decatur has a number of parks, including the Stratton Park, Hanna City Park, and McMillen Park. The Adams County Historical Museum showcases the history of this area. The Lincoln Museum, Allen county - Fort Wayne Historical Society Museum, Science Central, and Cathedral Museum are also nearby. The Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Ouabache State Park offer many recreational opportunities.
Fort Wayne International Airport is less than half an hour's drive away.
Decatur Higher Education
Higher education is available at Ball State University, Ivy Tech State College - East Central, and Indiana Wesleyan University.