Converse, whose population was 1,137 in the 2000 census, actually lies in both Grant and Miami counties. Originally named Xenia, Converse was first laid out in 1849, by O.H.P. Macy and Willis Elliot.
During the early 1900s the Miami County Agricultural Association would hold its annual fair and races in Converse each Fall, which at the time was the only fair in Miami County. Converse is the hometown of celebrities as well.
Early motorcycle racing star Ray Creviston started his career on the Converse Fairgrounds half mile track. He raced for the Indian Motorcycle Company which helped to promote them against Harley Davidson.
Another of Converse's well-knowns is Monte Towe, who was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March of 2002. Mr. Towe is currently the associate head coach at North Carolina State, his alma mater.