is located in Clinton County. Approximately 1,700
people call this community home. Rossville is located north of the Indianapolis
metropolitan area. It is 15 miles east of Lafayette and 30 miles west of
Kokomo. The town motto states that "Rossville is a place where you feel at
In 1832, Thomas Ewing, with his wife and infant child, settled on 160 acres
north of what is now Main Street in Rossville. In 1834, Ewing and Thomas
Smith platted the town of Rossville with the intention of starting a blacksmith
shop at the location. The town is named for John Ross, a pioneer settler and
associate county judge, who was friends of Ewing and Smith. Then as now,
residents of Rossville are often referred to as "Rossvillians."
Rossville was incorporated in 1870 and eventually became a stop on the
important Indianapolis to Chicago Monon Railroad Line in 1883.
Economy and Government
Rossville has become a diverse community that has quietly grown its
population year-by-year as more people see the benefits of small town living
with easy access to employment, entertainment, education, and health care
services around town or a short driving distance to Lafayette, Frankfort,
Delphi, Kokomo and Indianapolis. The town and Clinton County has some of
the lowest property taxes in the state, coupled with the cutting edge
technology of fiber optic.
Parks and Recreation
Several of the recreational amenities of the town include a lighted walking
trail, basketball court, two playground areas, two enclosed pavilions, an open-
air pavilion, baseball fields, soccer fields, and landscaping. The highlight is the
Rossville Town Park, a seven acre park devoted to family friendly recreational
area for all ages to enjoy.
The Summer’s End Festival
has marked the
end of summer in Rossville annually since 1984. The event is held on the
fourth full weekend in August, and includes a wide variety of attractions and
events, including: a car show, fireworks, music, performances on the main
stage, street fair, parade, programs in the high school auditorium, queen, little
miss and mister contest, and town-wide garage sales. Many residents enter
the Hornet Hustle 5k Walk and Run. The festival concludes with a community-wide worship service.