Bargersville, Indiana is nicely situated at the juncture of State Road 144 and Highway 135, which leads directly north into the big city of Indianapolis. Interestingly, State Road 144 is also known as the “Old Plank Road,” even today.
Boasting a population of 2,120 during the 2000 census, Bargersville is one of the many small towns that dot the countryside around the Indiana state capital of Indy. It lies in Johnson County, and has a total land area of only 1.1 square miles. Most who live around the area go there solely to visit the Bargersville Flea Market, which is one of the main Bargersville things to do.
Bargersville children have plenty of fun right inside the borders of their suburban home town, but there are also plenty of places nearby to go and enjoy other activities. Plainfield, Indiana‘s enormous Splash Island Family Waterpark is a case in point, only fifteen quick miles away and well worth the short trip.
It’s a fact that all those who live in these small satellite communities find it quite an advantage. Bargersville, Indiana residents can experience some of the best Indianapolis restaurants, Indianapolis bars, and Indianapolis music in a short 15 minute trip. It makes it easy it commute to the big city as well; after 5 o’clock, employees can leave their work in the city and come home to relative tranquility. And there are plenty of shopping malls near Bargersville, too, where Hoosiers from Bargersville can find that special item. The excellent Greenwood Park Mall, for example, is only ten miles northeast of town.
The history of Bargersville, Indiana reads like that of many other small Midwestern towns. First platted in 1850, it was another 75 years before it was officially incorporated. During those decades, the town enjoyed a great deal of progress in a very short period of time, due to a serendipitous extension of the existing railroad, then referred to as the Indianapolis Southern Railroad.
There is a downtown Bargersville sector in town, of sorts. A few businesses and some city buildings reside there. Today’s Bargersville is one of the fastest growing communities in Johnson County, located close to anything its residents need, but self-contained as a functioning, healthy town in its own right.
There are, so far, no famous people from Bargersville. But the salt-of-the-earth types who love the rural town aren’t the kind of people who lust after fame and fortune; they’re too busy enjoying life in the slow lane.