Introduction to Clinton, Indiana
The city of Clinton was named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, the Governor of New York from 1817 to 1823. Most of the original residents of the region were Italian immigrants who worked in local coal mines. Over time, Clinton's coal mining industry declined, but most of the Italian settlers remained in Clinton.
Clinton and nearby Attractions
- Billie Creek Village
- Staerkel Planetarium
- Ben-Hur Museum
- Kickapoo State Park
- Ernie Pyle State Historic Site
- Raccoon Lake State Recreation Area
Things To Do In Clinton
Billie Creek Village, a recreated settlement where craftsmen work at weaving, blacksmithing and pottery-making, is located near Clinton. It includes a general store and a schoolhouse. Other nearby places of historical significance include the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site and the Eugene V. Debs Home. The William Hammond Mathers Museum, the Monroe County Historical Museum, the Krannert Art Museum and the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum showcase exhibits of cultural and historical importance. The Matthews Park Golf Course and the Geneva Hills Golf Course are the local golf courses. The Raccoon Lake State Recreation Area, Turkey Run State Park and the Shades State Park offer facilities for camping, fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking. Turkey Run State Park also has a nature center, a planetarium and tennis courts. The city of Clinton hosts the Little Italy Festival every Labor Day Weekend. A celebration of the community's Italian and coal mining heritage, the festival draws over 75,000 visitors and features a wine garden, Italian and carnival-style food, and grape stomping.
Air transportation is available from Terre Haute International Airport.
Clinton Higher Education
Indiana State University, Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University are some of the local colleges and universities.