Gas City was first known as Harrisburg when it was settled in 1867 by Noah Harris. It became something of a boom town when natural gas was found in the area twenty years later. The Gas City Land Company was founded in 1892, and the town of about 150 people changed its name to Gas City. As the name would imply, it owed its start and existence to the seemingly inexhaustible supply of natural gas.
Those were great days, and had the gas continued, Gas City would no doubt have become quite a large city. But the apparently inexhaustible supply of natural gas eventually did run out. When the gas disappeared, the fields returned to crops. The Gas City Land Company was formally dissolved in 1904.
Today, Gas City is experiencing a renaissance. The city has become the fastest growing city in Grant County. A new industrial park has moved in and housing additions have been built. Recent improvements have continued to make Gas City a good place to live. Our realtors can help you find a home whether you want to live in one of these newest additions to the real estate market in a home built in the last few decades or in a home dating to the beginning of the town’s history.
Gas City is located along the Mississinewa River. The city is served by several state and federal routes: I-69, US-35, and State Road 22. It’s an easy commute to several nearby towns, and if you’ll be one of the people commuting every day, you’ll want to make your trip an easy one. Our realtors can suggest some great neighborhoods that have easy access to the main roads leading to your workplace. Give our office a call today, and your new home could be waiting for you!
You can shop at discount, specialty, and general merchandise stores in town, but the real fun begins when the sun sets. That’s when it’s time to check out the nightlife at The Hideaway Bar & Grill. It's a great place to hang out and have a lot of fun. You’ll savor the delicious food and sing along with the awesome live bands. Their signature Hideaway Fries are made with fries, taco meat, cheese, bacon, onions, and sour cream.
The Pour House is another great restaurant, bar, and hangout. Menu items range from oysters with mignonette sauce to grilled cheese sandwiches. Diners give the chef’s trash plate high marks. Grab a quick sandwich for lunch or spend a few hours relaxing in the evening. The friendly, small town atmosphere is certainly inviting.
The Gas City Museum and the Gas City Historical Society are dedicated to protecting and preserving the history of Gas City, its buildings, and community. Located in the old West Ward School, the museum contains artifacts from the Gas City area spanning from the late 19th century to the present. Visitors can view glass manufactured by local manufacturers, learn about the natural gas boom (and bust), and explore historical artifacts from local businesses in addition to pieces from local artists.
A mini zoo is located in the Gas City Park, and it houses over 100 animals ranging from Australian black swans to whitetail deer. The zoo is open daily throughout the year.
The most common industry in the area is manufacturing. Other common industries are retail trade, construction, transportation and warehousing, healthcare and social assistance, public administration, and accommodation and food services. There are many locally-owned businesses in town; some have been in business for decades. New Market has been the hometown grocery store for over 30 years. Entrepreneurs are part of various types of industries including research, child care, home improvement, investments, and engineering.
The students in the Mississinewa Community School Corporation attend four schools serving students from preschool through 12th Grade. There are two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The corporation’s motto is “Building on a tradition of excellence.” This school district prides itself in being a dedicated, high-performing Indiana school district.
Mississinewa High School was proud to be chosen as one of nine schools throughout the state to participate in the AP-TIN-IN initiative sponsored by Notre Dame. This program was created to encourage students and train teachers in advanced placement high school courses: these are rigorous college-level courses in English, math, and science. The school also offers some dual-credit courses that students take for both high school and college credit. And as part of the statewide initiative to graduate students who are prepared for secondary education, technical career advancement, and a competitive workforce, the school offers courses toward Core 40 and Academic Honors diplomas to all students. Core 40 emphasizes core subject courses and includes electives in the fine arts, career and technical training, and foreign languages.