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Terre Haute, Indiana
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    (1816- )
    Seat of Vigo County, Indiana
    Located on the east bank of the Wabash River, near the Indiana-Illinois border
    Population (2010 census): 60,785
    Metropolitan area population (2010): 170,943
    Home of Indiana State University
    It has a French name.
    On Easter Sunday (March 23, 1913), it was struck by a tornado that killed 21 people and injured over 250, making it the deadliest tornado to hit Indiana at the time.
    The tornado was followed by heavy rains; two days after the tornado, three quarters of west Terre Haute was underwater.
    Its population dropped significantly during the 1970s and 80s and (as of 2016) has yet to rebound to its early 60s peak.
    It is home to a maximum security federal prison that has housed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
    Its symphony orchestra is the oldest in Indiana.
    It was nicknamed ‘the Crossroads of America’ because it was located at the intersection of two major pre-Interstate highways: US 40 (running from San Francisco, California, to Atlantic City, New Jersey) and US 41 (from Miami, Florida, to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).
    MLB Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis threw out the first pitch at the opening of its Memorial Stadium, which was widely hailed as the best minor league baseball stadium in the country. (It has since been converted to the football field for Indiana State.)
    It was named the state ‘Community of the Year’ by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (2010).
    It is the birthplace of both socialist leader Eugene V. Debs and one of the icons of capitalism, the ‘hobble-skirt’ Coca-Cola bottle.

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