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Wells County was named for Captain William Wells, who worked with the Indians throughout this territory and eventually was slain as the result of an Indian uprising.

The name "Bluffton" was derived from the site of the town - on the bluffs, south of the Wabash River. Bluffton is the county seat of Wells County. Because Bluffton was one of the first Indiana cities to have a large percentage of paved streets, it was long ago called "The Parlor City." The beautiful trees overhanging wide and spacious streets, with the many well-kept homes and fine lawns, have helped to make this an ideal Hoosier city. Many of the prominent businesses in Bluffton can trace their origin back to pioneer times, exemplifying their permanence and solidarity.

Bluffton was proud to be named "1990 Outstanding Indiana Community of the Year" by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for its significant contributions to business and commerce. Bluffton's newly renovated downtown area features many opportunities for shopping. Wells County is also located near the state's largest indoor mall, Glenbrook Square, along with other social, cultural and entertainment places in Fort Wayne. There are five hotels/motels in Bluffton along with one bed and breakfast. The county is also the home to over 75 churches covering many denominations, showing the importance worship plays in the community.

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