New Castle, known as "The Rose City" in the early 1900s, was the major grower of the American Beauty Rose. Damage from the 1917 tornado, competition, and export decline during WWI combined to destroy the city's rose industry.
Henry County (Ind.); New Castle (Ind.); Business districts; Storefronts; Utility poles; Street lights; Awnings; Street railroad tracks
View of the Bundy Hotel located on Race Street in New Castle, Indiana. A car along with a horse and carriage are waiting at the curb in front of the three story hotel. There is a small balcony on the second floor overlooking the entrance to the...
View of the Henry County Courthouse in Newcastle, Indiana. The two story brick building has ornate brick work along the roof. A tower-like structure tops the entrance to the building. Several cars are parked along the side of the courthouse.
Courthouses; Towers; Government facilities; Automobiles
View of the home of William Henry Harrison in Vincennes, Indiana. William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States. The two story house has two small porches and shutters on most of the windows.
Houses; Porches; Shutters; Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841--Homes & haunts
View of the interurban station in New Castle, Indiana. The station is a one story red brick building. An interurban car is on the tracks alongside the station. Several employees are waiting outside next to the interurban car.
In 1865 the Soldiers’ and Seamen’s Home was established in Knightstown for Civil War veterans. In 1867 it became the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphanage, which was renamed the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home in the 1930s.
Henry County (Ind.); Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home; Orphanages
Split view of the Lander Cloak House in New Castle, Indiana. The top image shows the interior of the store. Open umbrellas are displayed on top of cabinets holding racks of coats. Some clothing is also displayed on forms. The bottom image is an...
An earlier settlement was called Gundys Deadening after a settler named Gundy deadened timber before clearing land. Henry Burgess platted the city in 1839 and in 1842 named it after New Haven, Connecticut.
Allen County (Ind.); Business districts; Streets; Transportation
The Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company factory was built in New Castle in 1907. The site had nearly 60 acres of buildings, testing roads, and railroad facilities. In 1925 the plant was acquired by Chrysler and at one time employed over 7,000 workers.
Henry County (Ind.); Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company; Automobile industry; Factories
View of a sanitarium and its grounds in Spiceland, Indiana. The wooden building has a porch across the front. A swing is set out on the lawn. Adults are standing along the sidewalk leading up to the building.
Sanatoriums; Health care facilities; Swings; Porches
Rockport became the seat of Spencer County in 1818. The current courthouse was built in 1921 and is the county’s fifth. In October 1844, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in the third courthouse on behalf of Henry Clay, the Whig presidential...
Spencer County (Ind.); Courthouses; Libraries; Government facilities
This flour mill was built in 1857 by J.C. Spink, one of the first city councilmen of Washington. He operated it with his partner until he gave up his share in 1875 after flood losses. It was destroyed by a fire in 1885 at a loss of 12,000 dollars....
Daviess County (Ind.); Mills; Mills and Mill-work; Farmers; Carts & wagons