Noblesville was founded in 1823 and probably named for James Noble, the first U.S. senator from Indiana. The current courthouse was completed in 1879 and heated by steam, which was considered progressive at the time.
Aerial views; Hamilton County (Ind.); Business districts; Stores & shops
Arcadia was organized in 1849 and named for the ancient Greek district noted for its pastoral beauty. Growth was slow until the Indianapolis, Peru and Chicago Railroad came in 1854. Arcadia glass, now a collector's item, was made in this town.
Hamilton County (Ind.); Railroad facilities; Railroad stations; Railroad tracks; Railroad freight cars; Transportation
First settled in the 1830s, the area previously known as Sheilsville and Buena Vista became Atlanta in 1885. Like other Jackson Township towns, Atlanta grew after the discovery of natural gas. Glass factories became an important industry in the...
Hamilton County (Ind.); Carts & wagons; Mules; Dirt roads; Transportation; Clothing & dress; Summer
Westfield was settled by Quakers from North Carolina in 1832. First called Westville, the town was laid out in 1834 and renamed after the Westfield Monthly Society of Friends Meeting in North Carolina.
Hamilton County (Ind.); Automobiles; Dirt roads; Clothing & dress; Children; Children's clothing & dress; Transportation
View of Connor Street in Noblesville, Indiana. A variety of stores line the street including the Frank E. Ross drugstore, Darrah's Shoes, a clothing store, Joseph's, Haas', and Noblesville Heat, Power & Light Co. Two lampposts are together in the...
Business districts; Storefronts; Lampposts; Stores & shops; Streets; Drugstores; Shoe stores; Clothing stores; Public utility companies
View of the courthouse in Anderson, Indiana. The courthouse is topped by a clock tower. In front of the courthouse, a man stands next to a pair of horses tied to a wagon. Several buildings are visible along the surrounding square.
The old county courthouse was built from 1882-1885. It was the design of architect George W. Bunting, believed to have been the most prolific designer of Indiana courthouses. The building was demolished in 1972 and replaced the following year.
Madison County (Ind.); Courthouses; Business districts; Transportation
View of a portion of the town square in Noblesville, Indiana. Brick buildings line the sidewalk. Most of the shops have awnings open over their entrances. Two interurban cars are in the street in front of the buildings.
Plazas; Stores & shops; Railroad cars; Storefronts; Business districts; Awnings; Electric railroads
First called Millwood in 1860, this town was renamed Sheridan in 1871 to honor General Philip H. Sheridan. Undertaker and furniture dealer J.G. Antrim wrote of his store, "we own . . . over 8000 square feet . . . a dandy store for a town our size."
Hamilton County (Ind.); Business districts; Buildings; Storefronts; Stores & shops; Transportation; Street lights
Indiana’s fourth oldest city, Lawrenceburg was laid out in April 1802 by Samuel Vance, James Hamilton, and Benjamin Chambers. Named for the wife of Samuel Vance, whose maiden name was Lawrence, it became the county seat of Dearborn County in 1803.
Dearborn County (Ind.); Aerial views; Cities & towns; Streets; Roofs
Cicero was organized in 1835 and named for nearby Cicero Creek. The town grew after the railroad came in 1853, and expanded further with the discovery of natural gas in the 1880s. Electricity came in 1909 and streets were paved with brick in 1915.
Snow covers the street and sidewalk in this picture of Walnut Street in Atlanta, Indiana. The snow also clings to tree branches and utilitly lines. Houses are on one side of the street, and carriages are parked next to the building on the other...