The name Gaston was adopted when a railroad was built through the town in 1901. A big influence on the creation of Gaston was the discovery of oil and gas wells, which brought prosperity to the region for decades. According to the records, there were 1,025 producing oil wells and 323 gas wells in Gaston alone in 1906.
While the gas and oil wells have been depleted, there are still an abundance of jobs and opportunities in the Gaston area. Many progressive businesses are located throughout the area including an aquaculture business, IT businesses, and advanced manufacturing businesses. Our realtors invite you to inquire about homes that are available in this beautifully landscaped rural area that offers both tradition and progress in the same location. We can use our real estate expertise to help you find the home that is right for you. Give us a call. We can give you information about Gaston and show you the beautiful, well-maintained homes that are typical of those found in the town and the land around it.
Located in Delaware County, Gaston is 12 miles northwest of Muncie, the regional hub for east-central Indiana. Interstate 69, which runs north into Fort Wayne and south into Indianapolis, is a few miles from town. Gaston is located at the midpoint between these two cities, and it takes a little over an hour to drive to each city. Such convenient access to these cities brings residents many opportunities, both personal and professional. We can help you find a perfect home in rural Gaston, whether you want to live in a great town neighborhood or in the lush countryside that surrounds the town.
Unique shops can be found in Gaston. The area is known for hosting talented florists and giftmakers. There is a large indoor mall in Muncie that should satisfy the shopping spirit of anyone living in the area. Residents can also get a great meal in Gaston or nearby Muncie as well.
There are many things to do in Delaware County. The David Owsley Museum of Art has an outstanding collection representing cultures from around the world from the past 5,000 years. Downtown Muncie boasts a vibrant art district, complete with a variety of galleries.
Many families enjoy the the Indiana Glass Trail that recognizes and promotes Hoosier glass artisans and events, schools, museums, galleries, and studios supporting glass arts. Oakhurst includes six acres of gardens and the 1895 home of George and Frances Ball who helped create a glass-manufacturing empire.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the the Cardinal Greenways, a rail trail that encompasses 60 miles of abandoned CSX railroad corridor in east-central Indiana. The trail features multiple points of entry, and one trailhead is located in Gaston. Mounds State Park, featuring ten ceremonial mounds built by a prehistoric culture, is located nearby in Anderson. Summit Lake State Park, a lakefront park and nature preserve, is located in New Castle.
Three industries in the Gaston area employ half of those working in the area. These industries are manufacturing, construction, and retail trade. There are also opportunities in wholesale trade, healthcare and social assistance, and warehousing and transportation. Four industrial parks are located in Muncie alone. Ball Memorial Hospital and Community Hospital Anderson are also located in this area.
Businesses in Delaware County include Fortune 500 companies Navient, Concentrix, Progress Rail Services, SuperValu, Jarden Home Brands, and Ardagh Group. Agribusinesses such as Meridian Foods, which produces canned beans, and Bell Aquaculture, which is the nation's largest yellow perch farm, bring jobs to the area. In addition to traditional businesses, the county is progressively pursuing information technology companies.
Wes-Del Community Schools prepare students to become productive, continuous learners by providing diverse educational opportunities. The district includes Wes-Del Elementary School and Wes-Del Middle/High School. The schools incorporate the use of technology to enhance classroom learning, and they offer a variety of extracurricular activities to interest students and help them learn additional skills.