The town of Gosport, Indiana is pretty small, having only 826 residents according to the 2010 Census. But in 1857 Gosport’s Citizen’s Bank produced a pretty little banknote with a blue-colored back.
Gosport is located in south-west Indiana along the White River, and dates back to the early 1800’s, but was platted in 1829. It was named after Ephraim Goss, who owned a ferry on the White River.
The small town has produced some amazing people in its history, though. For those of us lucky enough to know of the Little Rascals and Our Gang series, you’d know of Patsy Doris, who played Spanky’s little sister. There was also Colonel Benjamin F. Hays, who fought in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, later serving in the Indiana House of Representatives. Gosport can also claim Colonel James E. Burton, who fought in several campaigns in the Civil War. In a more modern military aspect, Gosport also raised Eugene M. Stoner who served in the U.S. Marines in WWII, and later invented the M-16, still in use today.