By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 3,, 2020) – In Issue 41 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature we visit Santa Claus. . . Indiana, that is.

The Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus (FILE)


Do you believe in Santa Claus?  That was an important question for children visiting Santa Claus Land in southern Indiana.  Maybe believing was even required for entry…

Santa Claus Land became the world’s first themed amusement park when it opened in 1946 on this day.  The park was renamed in 1984 to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, which isn’t quite that catchy of a name .  .  . 

The adjacent town of Santa Claus, Indiana was established in 1856. It is the only town in the world bearing the name of that jolly good fellow.  Ho-ho-ho. 

Have you ever visited Santa Claus Land?

This Mitchell map of Indiana is from 1894.

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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Map of Indiana 1894 by Mitchell (Credit Steve Kovacs)