Greencastle is the county seat of the county of Putnam, and it is located in Indiana, in the United States, within the township of Greencastle. The city was established in 1821 by Ephraim Dukes as a small village and has grown over the years to become a big city in all relevant perspectives. Greencastle is home to DePauw University, whose Nature Park forms one of the most significant spots for tourists, providing for hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and many other outdoor recreational activities. Some of the critical spots in the city are the Greencastle City Hall, the iconic Putnam County Public Library, and the ever-vibrant Putnam County Playhouse, where visitors go-to for various shows and plays. The location of Greencastle between Terre Haute and Indianapolis has made the city convenient for many activities in the region, hence a vibrant educational, tourism, economic, and commercial hub of the region. A visit to Greencastle is not complete without a stop at the Putnam County Courthouse Square, where the iconic buss bomb or flying bomb has been displayed for the public to see. Mounted on the Victory Vee limestone monument, the German V-1 represents the past of the city and helps preserve loads of knowledge on the safety of Greencastle.
Greencastle experiences a humid continental climate that is classified as Dfa in the Köppen climatic classification. The weather is generally characterized by summers that are warm to hot and very humid, and winters that are cold and varied. Springs and autumns are both mildly fresh and lovely. Winter has the temperature dropping to as low as 19.4°F (-7°C) on the coldest nights, with occasional extremely chilly nights of 9.9°F (-12.3°C) or lower. The days register highs of 39.4°F (4.1°C). Winter is the driest time of the year, with only 3" (76.2mm) of precipitation on average. Summer extends from May through September and is marked with temperature highs of between 73.9°F (23.3°C) and 88.2°F (31.2°C), and lows of between 52°F (11.1°C) and 65.5°F (18.6°C). Much of the year's rainfall is received during the season, with May and June being the wettest months with 4.8" (121.9mm) of precipitation. Occasional thunderstorms may be experienced, albeit with minimal intensity. Spring is mild, with the temperature averaging a daily mean of 55.9°F (13.3°C). Moderately wet afternoons and fresh, crisp air from the blossoms dominate the season. The fall, during autumn, is mild and pleasant amid the golden-brown illumination of the season. Greencastle is a year-round travel destination. Crowds flock the city in all the seasons because it experiences extremes in weather, both for the heat and the cold lovers. However, the travel season peaks in the summer months, from May through September, when the days are hot, humid, and moderately dry for all outdoor activities, and when the city has the highest number of festivities. Some of the events in Greencastle are inclusive of the Putnam County 4-H Fair, which is a week-long festival, held at the end of July amid colorful decorations and organized parades. Music on the Square is another of the events hosted by the DePauw Music School, attracting various participants within the music industry. The yearly Greencastle Music Festival is a well-attended festival, with high attendance from far and wide, in a bid to celebrate the music milestones achieved over the years since 2010.
McKim Observatory - mcKim Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by DePauw University. Built in 1884, it is located in Greencastle, Indiana. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.