The original name of Santa Claus, Indiana was Santa Fe. Its earliest settlers, who were German, opted for Santa Fe, but there was a problem: Indiana already had a Santa Fe in Miami County, and there couldn’t be two post offices in a state by the same name.
On Christmas Eve in 1852 there was a town meeting to select a new name. Suddenly a man dressed as Santa Claus shouted “Santa Claus!” The elders looked at each other and said, “Why not?”
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