Located in Central Clark County in Southern Indiana, Charlestown is one of the fastest growing cities around. Established in 1808 and named after Charles Beggs, this town has grown far beyond what it once was.
Charlestown was established as mainly a mill town. Housing one of the largest mills around built in 1808, Charlestown thrived on the business cultivated from the large mill located on 14 Mile Creek in the heart of the town. A few short years later, a man named John Work built a new and improved mill that transported water from the Ohio River via a tunnel. You can still visit his home on Tunnel Mill Road in Charlestown.
In 1940, Charlestown, IN found its' stride again. Jumping from a mere 900 citizens to an impressive 13,400 citizens in one year due to the creation of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP). Charlestown quickly coined the name "Boomtown" due to this spike in thriving economy. By 1941, the plant employed over 27,000 people.
These 10,000 acres are now making a comeback with the redevelopment of the land. The new River Ridge is bringing life, business, locals, and economy back to the area. Businesses such as Amazon, Autoneum, Husky, and Briova quickly noticed the potential and have snatched up Real Estate in the area.
This city may be growing exponentially but it still has the small, hometown feel. Enjoy time with the family every June for the Founder's Day Parade & Festival honoring their founder, Charles Beggs, catch a high school football game in the fall on a brisk Friday night, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Christmas lights during the holiday season.
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