PIERCETON — The town of Pierceton celebrated their 150th anniversary this weekend with a town-wide celebration. The weekend included entertainment, history and fun for the whole community.
The festivities concluded on Sunday with the burying of a time capsule. The time capsule, to be opened in 2066, contained around 30 different items submitted by Pierceton residents. Submissions included the newest Harry Potter book, a 2016 calendar, a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey and a Pierceton Days photo album.
Joan Hostetler, Pierceton native and owner of Heritage Photo & Research Services, spoke about the town’s history before the time capsule was filled and shut.
“It’s hard to visualize the early history of Pierceton because we didn’t have photography yet. We don’t know what those first pioneers looked like, what their history looked like,” explained Hostetler as she began outlining history back to the 1830s.
She continued giving a timeline of Pierceton long history. Hostetler pointed out important businesses in the town’s history, like the train depot that still stands today, and important historical figures, like John Butler Chapman and Lewis Keith who platted the original town.
“I can’t even image what Pierceton will look like in 50 years,” concluded Hostetler.