Brazil, Indiana

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Brazil is a city in Clay County, Indiana, United States. The population was 8,188 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Clay County[3]. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area. The current chief executive of Brazil is Mayor Ann Bradshaw (Democrat).

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History

In the 1840s, the owners of the farm which would later originate the city of Brazil decided to name their farm after the country of Brazil, because that country was often the subject of news at the time.[4] The city was founded in 1866 under the name of that farm.[5] As of now, Brazil is a part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clay county, which was formed in 1825, originally had Bowling Green as its county seat; the county seat was relocated to Brazil in 1876, following the city's incredible development.[6]

The Chafariz dos Contos (Fountain of the Contos) was given by the country of Brazil as a gift to the city, as a symbol of friendship, and was assembled in Forest Park in 1956. It is a replica of the original fountain located in Ouro Preto, Brazil, built in 1745.[7]

In 2010 the city gained national attention for having accepted money from Kentucky Fried Chicken for the rights to display the KFC and Fiery Grilled Wings logos on city fire hydrants.[8]

Geography

Brazil is located at 39°31′30″N 87°7′39″W / 39.525°N 87.1275°W / 39.525; -87.1275 (39.525030, -87.127380)[9].

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