A new sign helps promote the upcoming Wheatland Wheatfest July13-15 at the shelter house at the Wheatland Lions Club Niblack Park.
Whatland, Ind., though a small town, is certainly not without history. According to legend, railroad worker wrote the name “Wheatland” on the railroad depot sign because of the area’s bountiful what crop. The town was named in 1858 – the same year the railroad was completed – and for many years Wheatland’s economy revolved around the railroad.
In the last 150 years, Wheatland’s economy has experienced both growth and decline. Many businesses have opened and closed in Wheatland, including drug stores, grocery stores, dry good stores, a skating rink, two movie houses, a hat shop, a lumber yard, a hardware store, and a bank. Today, Wheatland has only a handful of remaining businesses. Throughout the years, some Wheatland residents have tried to hold out in spite of the town’s shrinking economy. Bill Powell is one such person. He has lived his whole life in Wheatland and has done much to improve the town. Powell retired from Vincennes Building Supply, where he was a manager.
Read more about Wheatland on page 52 of our online issue.