Town of BUnker Hill Indiana
About the Town of Bunker Hill
Bunker Hill has a population of 987 according to the 2000 census, but despite its small size boasts several notables.
The town of Bunker Hill has a rich racing heritage. Currently it is home to the Bunker Hill Drag Strip and the Bunker Hill Speedway. It is also the birthplace of Tod Sloan.
James Forman "Tod" Sloan was born in Bunker Hill on August 10, 1874. Mr. Sloan was a controversial figure during his career as an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey, but it was he who made popular the forward seat style of racing known as the "monkey crouch". He was posthumously elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955, some 22 years after his death.
Bunker Hill is also home to the Maconaquah School Corporation and the Maconaquah High School Band. Among the graduates from this school is Tavis Smiley who moved here from Mississippi as a child and is now a talk show host in Los Angeles, an author, and a political commentator. Mr. Smiley founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which seeks to train the next generation of leaders in America.
The Nickel Plate Trail runs through Bunker Hill, and the town is home to the Grissom Air Reserve Base and the Grissom Air Museum.