before it was a city, the Muncie area was home to the Munsee or Wolf Clan
of the Delaware Indians. The Delaware Indians, after whom the county is
named, established a tribal town along the White River. Munseetown, from
which Muncie took its name, was located within the present boundaries of
World War II, America's major league baseball teams were required to conduct
spring training in northern states. Indiana towns became training sites
for the following teams: Chicago Cubs (French Lick, Orange Co.), Chicago
White Sox (French Lick and Terre Haute, Vigo Co.), Cincinnati Reds (Bloomington,
Monroe Co.), Cleveland Indians (Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co.), Detroit Tigers
(Evansville, Vanderburgh Co.), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (Muncie, Delaware
Co.). These teams formed an informal circuit that came to be known as the
Limestone League ".
on the Anderson, Lebanon St. Louis Railroad (also called the Chicago Southeastern)
began in 1875, although planning had commenced four years earlier. Colonel
T.N. Stilwell was the railroad's first president. Progress on the railroad's
construction was slowed by the refusal of many Madison County residents
to pay the tax supporting its construction. Other problems experienced
by the railroad included the inability to raise funds and several other
unnamed obstacles. There were several changes in ownership before the tracks
reached Brazil, Indiana in 1893, its apparent termination point. An effort
was made to extend the track to Muncie in 1894, but this failed because
of a lack of funds. The railroad probably ceased operating around the turn
of the century.
natural gas was discovered nearby in 1886, Muncie attracted industries
from all over the U.S. and was the center of glass and steel manufacturing
in the state at one time. Five brothers from the Ball family
brought their glass manufacturing plant from New York in 1888 and, until
1998, Ball Corporation's world headquarters were in Muncie. Over past decade
two new corporations were spun-off from Ball Corporation. These corporations
are Ball-Foster Glass Container Company, L.L.C. and Alltrista Corporation.
Both of these corporations continue to maintain operations here.
entered the national consciousness in 1929 through the writing of two sociologists,
Robert S. and Helen M. Lynd, who described the city and its people in the
classic study, Middletown . In 1935, the Lynds followed up with a second
study, Middletown in Transition . In 1977, the University of Virginia conducted
a further study of Muncie, called Middletown III, to determine what changes
may have occurred since the Lynds' second study. As a result of these three
studies, Muncie gained its identity as the typical American city.
State University, opened in 1918 as the Eastern Division of the Indiana
State Normal School in Terre Haute, experienced dramatic growth during
the 1960s and 1970s, reaching a current enrollment of approximately 18,000
Letterman - CBS late night talk show host, attended and graduated from
Ball State University in Telecommunications.
Davis - famous cartoonist - creates his "Garfield" comic strip from his
studio outside of Muncie.