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Courthouse at Crawfordsville before 1917
Montgomery County (Ind.); Courthouses
A striking view of Montgomery County Courthouse was etched for this pre-1917 postcard scene. William Bunting's astounding brick and sandstone edifice was built in 1876, though its massive front tower was...
Main Street, Goshen, Indiana
Elkhart County (Ind.); Business districts; Clothing & dress; Clocks & watches; Sidewalks
Oliver Crane created lots for the county seat in 1831. One tradition says Goshen is named after Mr. Crane's hometown in Orange County, New York; another says it was because the land was rich and productive...
Arcadia American Express Company [Train Depot]
Hamilton County (Ind.); Railroad facilities; Railroad stations; Railroad tracks; Railroad freight cars; Transportation
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...
Lindley Hall, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
Wayne County (Ind.); Universities & colleges--Indiana--Richmond; Educational facilities; Earlham College
Built in 1887, Lindley Hall at Earlham College housed the campus library before the structure was gutted by fire in 1924. Like many other Richmond buildings, it reflects the Romanesque revival architecture...
Main Street Looking West, New Haven, Indiana
Allen County (Ind.); Business districts; Streets; Transportation
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....
Postcard of English Hotel and Opera House
Hotels; Theaters; English Theatre (Indianapolis, Ind.); Monument Circle (Indianapolis, Ind.); English Hotel and Opera House (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Word spread about the hotel. The message on the back of the postcard reads: "Dear Friend: This is view of hotel and opera house I mentioned before. Do you not think it an odd but pretty building. Will...
Washington Street Bridge One Hour Before It Collapsed March 26, 1913
Floods; Floods--Indiana; Bridges; Transportation
B & O Interurban Crossing. Milford JC. Ind. 4
Transportation; Railroads; Railroad travel; Railroad stations; Railroad employees; Railroad stations; Railroad cars; Travel; Clothing & dress
Small interurban stations or depots sprouted all over the state in the early 1900s. Passengers and onlookers pose at Milford Junction, a stop on a popular line between Goshen and Winona Lake in northern...
West Newton High School, West Newton, Indiana
Marion County (Ind.); High school buildings; High schools; Schools; Playgrounds
Quakers settled in the area of West Newton as early as 1819, but the town was not platted until 1851. It was first called Easton and then Newton, before it was renamed West Newton by the postmaster to...
Before and After Willkie Boom, Rushville, Indiana
Rush County (Ind.); Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944; Politicians; Electioneering; Presidential candidates; Campaign paraphernalia
Wendell Willkie of Elwood, Indiana, was the Republican nominee for president in 1940. He had married Edith Wilk, a librarian from Rushville, in 1919, and made Rushville his campaign headquarters. He is...
Bird's-Eye View of Rushville, Indiana
Rush County (Ind.); Bird's-eye views; Cities & towns
Dr. William B. Laughlin, “The Father of Rushville,” donated land for the county seat and asked that it and the county be named for his mentor, Benjamin Rush.The courthouse, built in 1896-1898, was...
Hotel and Depot, Churubusco, Indiana
Whitley County (Ind.); Hotels; Railroad stations; Railroad crossings; Railroad tracks; Utility poles
Churubusco holds an annual festival called Turtle Days that commemorates the Beast of Busco, a giant snapping turtle that, according to legend, terrorized the town in 1949. Tourists swarmed the town during...
Business District, Larwill, Indiana
Whitley County (Ind.); Business districts; Storefronts; Post offices; Sidewalks; Utility poles; Carts & wagons; Carriages & coaches; Horses
Larwill was laid out in 1854 and called Huntsville before the name was changed to honor William and Joseph Larwill, two engineers who supervised the building of the railroad there. The post office adopted...
High School, Morocco, Indiana
Newton County (Ind.); High school buildings; High schools
Morocco was laid out in 1851 before Newton formed as a county. Morocco High School is pictured here. The high school was replaced by the consolidated North Newton Jr. Sr. High School in 1967.
Sidney High School Basketball Team, Sidney, Indiana
Kosciusko County (Ind.); Basketball players; High school students; Basketball teams; Sports
Before school consolidation, most basketball games were played in gyms only a few feet larger than the playing floor. In Sidney, the court was so short that one team's free throw line had to serve as the...
Businesses in Stilesville, Indiana
Hendricks County (Ind.); Business districts; Buildings; Restaurants; Drugstores; General stores; Dirt roads
This 1908 postcard is of Stilesville, in the southwest corner of Hendricks County. Several branches of Mill Creek flow near the town. Stilesville was a popular stopping place for western-bound pioneers...
Women's Cooking Class, Benton County, Indiana
Benton County (Ind.); Cookery; Cooking utensils; Cooks; Women; Kitchens; Students
There were few opportunities for women to work outside the home in the early years of the 20th century. The home economics movement, influenced by advances in science and technology, introduced household...
Clark County (Ind.); Rivers; Aerial views; Cities & towns
Jeffersonville, the county seat, is among the oldest cities in Indiana. It was laid out in 1802, based on a grid pattern designed by then President Thomas Jefferson. He felt some land should be unsold...
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