Shelbyville, Indiana

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Shelbyville is a city in Addison Township, Shelby County, Indiana, United States. The population was 17,951 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Shelby County.[3] The current mayor is Republican Scott Furgeson, former manager of Cagney's Pizza King.



Shelbyville was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Kentucky governor and Indian fighter.[4]

Shelbyville was incorporated January 21, 1850, by a special act of the Legislature, according to county histories.

The city charter received at that time was destroyed in the City Hall fire on January 1, 1928.

A railroad was built connecting Shelbyville to Indianapolis in the late 1830s, the first railroad in the state, that later expanded to connect to Madison and Jeffersonville.

Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 crashed on Sept. 9, 1969 near Fairland, IN. Nearly half of the 82 passengers killed were never identified and were buried in a mass grave in Shelbyville.


Shelbyville is located at 39°31′19″N 85°46′35″W / 39.52194°N 85.77639°W / 39.52194; -85.77639 (39.521832, -85.776347)[5], at the fork of the Little Blue and Big Blue Rivers. It is 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Indianapolis

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.22%) is water.

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