Organized in 1822
Named for Isaac Shelby
Indiana's first railroad, which ran 1.25 miles from Shelbyville to Lewis Creek, made its first journey on July 4, 1834. Charles Major, inspired by his Shelbyville surroundings, produced best-selling novels such as "The Bears of Blue River" around the turn of the 20th century. Shelbyville's Sandy Allen became known as the Guinness Book of Worlds Records' tallest woman.