What’s in the Name?
Did you ever wonder where our town got it’s name? Apparently, back in 1824 a man named James B. Brown settled in Brown Township. Our area was apparently all dense forests and the only people living here were a mixture of hunters / trappers along with the Delaware Indians who lived along White Lick Creek. Brownsburg was named for this early settler, James B. Brown
Are You New Here? Most Everyone is!
If you have been here long at all, you have probably run into someone who is from “old Brownsburg”. Apparently, most of us came flocking to this little town mostly in the past 10-20 years. The census data is shocking to say the least.
The first and greatest (by percentage) growth spurt for Brownsburg was during the economic boom of the 1950’s. Between the census of 1950 and 1960, the population of Brownsburg increased by more than 183%! Incredibly, a town that had only 1,578 residents in 1950, had swollen to 4,478 by 1960. The growth was healthy from 1960 to 1990, but then our population exploded again during the .com boom of the 1990’s. From 1990 – 2010 Brownsburg grew again by more than 136%, taking it’s population well over 21,000.
Ever Heard of Them?
Brownsburg has many claims to fame. They span from the sporting world to the media, and we are proud to have them as current or former Brownsburgians. (Can I call us that?)
- Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pitcher & 2005 Indiana Mr. Baseball
- Drew Storen – Washington Nationals All-Star MLB Pitcher
- Bobby East – Racecar driver and resident
- Arthur W Graham III: Creator of 1st fully automatic electronic race timing & scoring system; long-time Indy 500 Executive Race Official
- Bill Sampen – Former Major League Baseball pitcher for three teams
- Robbie Stanley – Racecar driver
- Kent Bottenfield – Former Major League Pitcher 1999 All Star
- John Andretti – Racecar driver and former resident
- Aldo Andretti – Former racecar driver
- Gordon Hayward – Former Butler Bulldogs basketball player who is currently with the Utah Jazz; 9th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft
- Angela Ganote – Fox 59 Co-Anchor and current resident
- Allen Hughes – Brownsburg native and former New York Times music and dance critic
- Mike Vanderjagt – NFL kicker and former resident
- Mark Titus – Writer for ESPN Insider
What other interesting stuff do you know about our town? Send along any additional great things about Brownsburg and I will pass them along!
We want to thank the great folks at Wikipedia who are always willing to give us everything we need to know about… well, everything.