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Aerial View of Noblesville, Indiana
Aerial views; Hamilton County (Ind.); Business districts; Stores & shops
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...
Looking north on Main Street, Cromwell, Indiana
Noble County (Ind.); Cities & towns; Business districts; Stores & shops; Storefronts; Awnings; Dirt roads
Cromwell was laid out in 1853 by Harrison Wood who named it for Englishman Oliver Cromwell. In 1911 the town still had a dirt Main Street, Cromwell did not see its first paved street until 1925. It is...
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...
Birdseye National Bank, Birdseye, Indiana
Dubois County (Ind.); Banks; Architectural decorations & ornaments; Architectural elements; Brickwork
A Birdseye bank exhibits architectural flair in its polychrome brickwork. Sending this photo postcard to Clarence Ellis, French Lick, a local writes: "This is the bank…it's a beauty. You people will...
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...
Shoe Department, A. Herz Store, Terre Haute, Indiana
Shoes; Department stores; Shoe stores; Showcases; Merchandise displays; Telephones
View of the shoe department at the Herz Store in Terre Haute, Indiana. Shoes are displayed in a glass cabinet and along a shelf on the wall. There is a telephone on top of the cabinet. Shoe boxes line...
I.U.T. Station, Parker, Indiana
Railroad cars; Railroad stations; Electric railroads; Passengers
View of the Indiana Union Traction Co. Station in Parker, Indiana. The small wooden building has an open porch on the front. An interurban car is sitting on the tracks beside the station and two passengers...
Brookville, Indiana 1913 Flood
Floods; Rivers; Houses
The Whitewater River in Franklin County has flooded six times from 1898 to 1959. In 1970 the Indiana Department of Natural Resources completed a dam below Brookville on the east fork of the river to control...
Court House, Bluffton, Indiana
Wells County (Ind.); Courthouses; Government facilities
The courthouse was built 1889-1891 by architect George Bunting in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. He included a 130-ft clock tower and used Indiana sandstone blocks with ornate stone decorations for...
Thread Factory and Employees, Monticello, Indiana
White County (Ind.); Factories; Thread; Sewing-- Equipment and supplies; Women
The Tippecanoe Thread Mills was started in 1910 and made possible by hydroelectric power channeled by the dam on the Tippecanoe River. It was owned by the Marshall Field Estate of Chicago and employed...
Court House, Salem, Indiana
Washington County (Ind.); Courthouses; Government facilities
The county’s first courthouse, which opened in 1816 in the county seat of Salem, was built on stilts and was nicknamed the “Stilted Castle of Justice.” The courthouse that stands today is the third...
Public Library, Williamsport, Indiana
Warren County (Ind.); Libraries; Carnegie libraries
Businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, donated money to build over 2,500 Carnegie libraries in the U.S. and around the world, including the one dedicated in 1917 on Fall Street in Williamsport....
Wayne Street, Warren, Indiana
Huntington County (Ind.); Cities & towns; Business districts; Storefronts; Sidewalks; Utility poles; Automobiles; Pedestrians
The town was platted as Jonesboro in 1836 but was renamed Warren in 1839 for Revolutionary War General Joseph Warren. The town grew with the arrival of the railroad in 1878 and the discovery of oil in...
Shipment of Ford Motor Cars to Automobile Dealer in Milan, Indiana, 1915
Ripley County (Ind.); Automobile dealerships; Automobile industry; Automobiles
Milan emerged as a town when the railroad came through in 1854. The high point in its history took place in 1954 when the town celebrated its centennial and the high school won the state basketball crown....
All Roads Lead to the Ripley County Fair, Osgood, Ind., Aug. 6-7-8-9, 1912
Ripley County (Ind.); Fairs; Agricultural exhibitions
Osgood was laid out in 1856 and named for chief engineer of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, A.L. Osgood. Incorporated in 1878, it became a commercial and agricultural center, the site of the county...
J.W. Whitlock Co., Novelty Works, Rising Sun, Indiana
Ohio County (Ind.); Businessmen; Furniture industry; Musical instrument industry; Factories
Inventor and business man, J.W. Whitlock, opened J.W. Whitlock and Co. in Rising Sun about 1900 where he manufactured furniture and Autoharp music machines. J.W. is best known for boat racing and setting...
Main Street, Hebron, Indiana
Porter County (Ind.); Business districts; Storefronts; Sidewalks; Utility poles
Originally called The Corners, the town of Hebron was laid out in 1844 and named by Rev. Hamman after the biblical location. The town has been located in a farming community throughout most of its history...
Famous Pluto Spring, French Lick, Indiana. "The Home of Pluto Water"
French Lick Springs Hotel; Health & hygiene facilities; Health resorts
Between 1870 and 1930, a "go to get cured" industry mushroomed, embracing individuals seeking improved health. Popular Indiana destinations included the Pluto Springs of French Lick, the mud baths of Mudlavia,...
Steamboat "Ranger" docked at Aurora, Indiana
Dearborn County (Ind.); Steamboats; Rivers; Ohio River; Boat & ship industry
River commerce was important to Aurora with industry and river traffic as the pillars of Aurora’s economy. For many years steamboats would line the wharves to receive and deliver passengers and goods....
View of Athens, Indiana
Fulton County (Ind.); City & town life; Cities & towns; Dirt roads; Aerial views; Carts & wagons; Horses
Athens was founded in 1837 as Hoover Station and was later named Grant. The railroad arrived in 1882 bringing growth, a grain elevator, livestock loading pens, and a pickle factory. The town was renamed...
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