Oldenburg, Indiana

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Oldenburg is a town in Ray Township, Franklin County, Indiana, United States. The population was 647 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Oldenburg is located at 39°20′22″N 85°12′17″W / 39.33944°N 85.20472°W / 39.33944; -85.20472 (39.339474, -85.204640)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

History

Oldenburg was founded in the late 1830s by a group of German Settlers. Incorporated in 1869, Oldenburg is called the "Village of Spires" because of its churches and religious educational institutions. The town proudly preserves its religious, cultural, and architectural heritage. The old stone and brick structures, clapboard houses, tin facades and cornices, bilingual street signs, and the combination of shops and residences attest to the Old World influence. The settlement rapidly took on a German flavor with the in-migration of German Catholics from Cincinnati.

Freudenfest

The city is also very proud of its annual "Freudenfest" or "festival of fun" that is held each July in the town. It includes German food, beer, music, games, and homemade ice cream. Games at the Freudenfest include the Mug Slide and the Stein Holding contest. The Mug Slide which is run by Dusty Tekulve and Jarrod Dobson has the best prizes. However, the Stein Holding contest run by Ryan Paul and Kyle Tekulve is the most popular. There is also an annual 'Lauf' held in the evening on the Saturday of the Freudenfest. The winner from 2004-2007 has been Walker Yane, a 2007 graduate of Earlham College. On July 19, 2008, Indiana State Sycamore runner Jeremiah Vaughan set a course record on the new Lauf course in a time of 16:52. In 2006, the festival set a new Freudenfest record for the amount of beer sold. Ron Koch has been attending this festival for the past 30 years. He has coined the phrase that has become famous in July at Oldenburg "Another Freudenfest Miracle"!

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 647 people, 215 households, and 135 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,554.2 people per square mile (594.8/km²). There were 228 housing units at an average density of 547.7/sq mi (209.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.92% White, 0.46% Asian, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

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