Welcome to the small, quaint town of Waterloo. The town is nestled within DeKalb County in northern Indiana. Although it has a small population that typically hovers below 3000, you will notice is has all the amenities of larger towns. However, this really is a town where you will get to know your neighbors, and you will still feel like you’re in Small Town USA where everyone knows your name.
The town of Waterloo was originally laid out in 1856, thanks to the construction of the railroad into town. The town dates back many centuries before this. A skeleton of a mastodon was discovered in 1888 near this town and is being displayed in Pittsburg at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
The town of Waterloo is conveniently located along US-6, which connects the western perimeter of town to I-69. Waterloo can also be found at the southern tip of State Road 427. This makes it easy to get in and out of town and access larger, nearby towns as well.
Waterloo is also on the Norfolk Southern Railway line (Waterloo Station stop) and is served by two Amtrak trains including Capital Limited and Lake Shore Limited. The latter is an overnight service that runs from Chicago to New York City and Boston. The former is a train service that runs from Washington, D.C. to Chicago through Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Cedar Creek runs through the northern part of town. The town is beautiful yet small and offers all the necessities and amenities of larger towns as well. If you are thinking of purchasing a home here, speak to your Waterloo realtor about everything this great town has to offer its residents.
This fair town offers everything from dollar stores to hardware stores, groceries to clothing. You won’t find anything missing here. But for a little more variety, Auburn has a rich selection of general goods stores and department stores.
Restaurants are also available in Waterloo as well as other neighboring cities, and the selection is plentiful. From fast food to fast casual, pubs, pizza, and burgers, you won’t find a shortage of options in or around Waterloo.
The Francis Thomson Memorial Park is in town and has a great playground for kids, a bandstand for watching live sporting events, and a historic train depot that can be visited year round.
You can take your whole family bowling, enjoy a movie at the local theater, and even take part in annual fall events like a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and racing at the amazing Fall Fun Festival.
There are golf courses and country clubs within a short drive of town. If you and your family enjoy the outdoors, visit Hamilton Lake and nearby parks. With so many little bays, creeks, inlets, and lovely beaches, you’ll find this is a great place for canoeing and kayaking and other water activities.
Just 25 miles southwest of Waterloo is the Chain O'Lakes State Park where you can rent canoes, kayaks, and rowboats, enjoy fishing all year (ice fishing in the winter), swimming at the beach in the summer, cross country skiing in the winter, and much more.
There are currently many manufacturing plants right here within Waterloo and DeKalb County. These include parcel shipping and delivery, millwork, industrial machinery, packaging, food, landscaping, and more. These plants offer several different types of jobs for everyone within the county and further out as well.
Between the easy access to major highways connecting the state and the Amtrak service that runs directly through town, it seems that Waterloo is ideally situated to make almost the entire country available to its residents.
Though the town of Waterloo itself is relatively small, there are a few opportunities for work within the railroad industry, fisheries department, and more. However with access to the highways and larger towns, opportunities within manufacturing, education, retail, transportation, health care are also easily accessible to residents.
It would be quite simple to take the train to neighboring towns or hop on the highway for a short commute to the perfect job. The opportunities here are available and close by.
Students from Grades K–12 living in Waterloo are a part of the DeKalb County Central United School District. These schools include Waterloo Elementary School, which starts at Kindergarten, DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb High School.
Because the school district is so small, and there are few students. Parents will appreciate that students get the attention they require with low student-to-teacher ratios in the classrooms and for extracurricular activities as well.
The teachers within the district are truly some of the best not only the county but in the state. Your students will get the best education they can, which will help them prepare for their futures, and they will also meet some incredible people and make lifelong friendships.
There are also several post-secondary schools that are close enough to Waterloo to commute. Fort Wayne campuses are found within approximately 25 miles of Waterloo for Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Saint Francis. The Indiana Institute of Technology is also located in Fort Wayne. Across state lines in Archbold, Ohio, you can find Northwest State Community College, which is only about 40 miles from Waterloo.