Whitestown, Indiana, was named in honor of Albert S. White. White was the president of the railroad that was built through Whitestown, a United States Senator, and a leader in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States.
Today, the Big Four Trail celebrates our rich past while repurposing that former historic rail line into a walking and biking path for our residents.
The trail has an important link to American history, as both the Lincoln Inaugural Train and the Lincoln Funeral Train traveled that exact route through Whitestown in 1861 and 1865.
From our humble beginnings, Whitestown has boomed into a flourishing community that has been the fastest-growing community in Indiana for nearly a decade. Today, more than 10,000 people call Whitestown home. Whitestown was also recently ranked one of the top 25 most popular small towns to live in the U.S.
TOWN OF WHITESTOWN RECEIVES MORE THAN $1 MILLION FOR BIG 4 TRAIL EXPANSION
The Town of Whitestown has received a Next Level Trail Grant of $1.1 million to complete its portion of the Big 4 Trail.
“Trails make communities better places to live by encouraging fitness, creating opportunities for outdoor recreation, and strengthening local economies,” said Whitestown Parks Director Savannah Solgere.
The Next Level Trails program provides grants to invest in the development of regionally and locally significant trails throughout Indiana. To date, $120 million has been awarded to build 190 miles of trails across the state.
“Whitestown currently has 1.7 miles of existing trail. The extension to the west will add .85 miles and the extension to the east will add .7 miles,” said Solgere. “This will complete Whitestown’s portion of the Big 4 Trail.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2023.