With the exception of Springfield, the fictional town of Pawnee in "Parks and Recreation" is probably the most well fleshed-out TV location ever. How much do you know about the people, places and fairly shameful history of Pawnee?
Starting off easy here. Pawnee is in south central or southwest Indiana, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Indianapolis.
The Wamapoke made beautiful circular patterned baskets and scalpings.
In 1812 Reverend Luther Howell of Terre Haute stuck a flag in the ground in the area of Pawnee.
A wholesale linen outlet is in the spot where Pawnee Lutheran once stood.
The Boone Bread Factory fire kicked off the fire period, and the Pawnee Bread Factory burned to the ground in 1922. Pawnee Downs race track burned three times.
Back in those days, you could be sentenced to death in Pawnee just for being a Native American.
The mural, originally titled "A Lively Fisting," showed the Reverend Bradley KO-ing Anna Beth Stevenson, Pawnee's first female high school graduate.
Said wedding involved a white woman and a Wamapoke chief, and the reception turned into a massacre.
Eagleton and Pawnee are next-door neighbors and archrivals.
Raccoons often run rampant in Pawnee. As Ron says, "They'll hunt the kids for sport."
In 1914 a Jewish man passed through town and was put into a cage.
Leslie inadvertently married two male penguins in a ceremonial stunt.
The Bulge threw a party for Leslie after she married the penguins.
Snakehole Lounge is "Pawnee's sickest nightclub."
In 1926 "lady anesthesiologist and recluse" Agnes Porter accidentally invented trans fats.
Walter Gunderson was the rarely seen mayor of Pawnee.
Ben Wyatt appointed Gergich, former parks and recreation department whipping boy, as interim mayor — and he ended up serving until he was 100 years old.
Bill Murray appeared as the corpse of Walter Gunderson in the penultimate episode of the series.
The whole office goes to the Glitter Factory in the first season to help Tom get over his divorce.
Ron cannot say "no" to breakfast food, and the Glitter Factory has plenty of it.
It's supposed to be Tea Party Day, but because the author of the Pawnee charter was functionally illiterate, it's known as Ted Party Day. Someone named Ted has to be thrown into the lake.
Leslie is the favorite customer at JJ's Diner.
According to Ron, Food and Stuff is a "discount food outlet equidistant from my home and my work."
Accidentally self-inflicted drunken gunshot wounds, that is.
The Greasy Lard Bomb has been helping keep Pawneeans obese for years.
That's the motto of Sweetums, Pawnee's leading candy manufacturer.
Sweetums manufactures many healthy products, but Artery Hard'nerz are not one.
Local celebrity Perd Hapley does not appear in "Perd's the Word."
Joan Callamezzo, host of "Pawnee Today" claims that she's "a woman with a strong sexual appetite."
Pawneeans cannot stand librarians.