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Ossian Narrative

Ossian, Indiana, a family-centered and neighborly community, is located on State Road 1 - 10 miles south of Fort Wayne, 5 miles south of I-469, and 7 miles north of Bluffton. Ossian was incorporated in 1850 as home to people of primarily Scottish ancestry. These hardworking people established farms, and by 1900, the small settlement of Ossian (surrounded by farmland) grew, with a population of about 1,000. Today, Ossian's population is approximately 3,000 people, and is continuing to grow.

In business and industry, Ossian is flourishing. There are several successful businesses, including six family restaurants, a popular coffee shop, and a hardware and grocery store. One of the oldest family businesses is Heyerly's Bakery, known widely for its pastries and cakes. The active Ossian Development Corporation established a prosperous Industrial Park that employs over 1,000 workers in 11 varied industries.

The Ossian Park Department oversees four park areas containing tennis courts, baseball diamonds and playgrounds. A 65-acre park with a 1.25-mile walking trail is currently undergoing additional development. The Downtown Revitalization Committee launched a beautification program, placing several planters and benches in the downtown area, and continues to work on further improvements.

Ossian Elementary School provides an excellent primary education for grades K through 5. Private and church-affiliated daycare centers offer dedicated childcare, and the Ossian Library presents many educational programs each year. In addition to a doctor's office and state-of-the-art lab facility, residents can also receive extended care at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Every September, Ossian residents come together for "Ossian Days," a community celebration featuring a parade and locally-run craft and food booths. A variety of rides and children's games enhances the festival-like atmosphere, making Ossian Days a much-anticipated and well-attended event.

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