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Rally Day at the Public Square, Shelbyville, Indiana, Sept. 9, 1878
Shelby County (Ind.); Political activity; Business districts; Public spaces; Cities and towns
Besides being a business center, Shelbyville’s public square was a place for rallies. On July 1, 1876, a crowd of 1000 gathered to celebrate the vice presidential nomination of Thomas A. Hendricks. He...
Old Ray House and Public Square, Shelbyville, Indiana, 1894
Shelby County (Ind.); Business districts; Public spaces; Cities and towns
Shelbyville’s public square was laid out in 1823. The Ray House, a four-story brick hotel built on the northeast side of the square by M.M. Ray, was completed in 1857. It changed hands and was renamed...
McCordsville, High School Group Photograph, McCordsville, Indiana
Hancock County (Ind.); High school students; High schools
McCordsville was laid out in the 1860s but not incorporated until 1988. The McCordsville school dates from 1902 and was the first certified high school in the county. It was one of the schools consolidated...
Grand Army of the Republic Encampment at Princeton, Indiana
Gibson County (Ind.); Grand Army of the Republic; Courthouses; Zeppelins
The Grand Army of the Republic was an organization of Civil War veterans who had served in the Union Army. The G.A.R. had significant political clout nationwide. Between 1868–1908, no Republican was...
Princeton Silver Band, Princeton, Indiana, 1871
Gibson County (Ind.); Bands (music); Bandstands; Musical instruments
Platted in 1814, Princeton was selected as Gibson County’s seat by four commissioners because the site was halfway on the Evansville and Vincennes stage line. It was named for William Prince, one of...
Bush Family Home, Elizabeth, Indiana
Harrison County (Ind.); Bush family; Families; Houses
The second oldest town in Harrison County, Elizabeth, was established in 1812. Principally a farming community, it had been settled mainly by New Englanders. Here, Mr. and Mrs. Bush and a young girl pose...
Sanitary Lunch, Rossville, Indiana
Clinton County (Ind.); Restaurants; Diners (Restaurants); Storefronts
A popular eatery for half a century, Mayne and Weida's Sanitary Lunch, located in Rossville, was a slice of Main Street Americana. The structure, dating ca. 1900, is commercial vernacular architecture...
New Castle, Indiana Elementary School Sixth Grade Class
Henry County (Ind.); School children; Classrooms; Teachers; Desks; Children's clothing
This is the classroom of Charles Deardorf's sixth grade class and the school janitor, Swedish immigrant John From. The students are identified on the back of the photograph.
Old Court House at Rome, Indiana
Perry County (Ind.); Courthouses; Government facilities
The courthouse in Rome was built in 1819 when Rome became Perry County’s second county seat. The seat was moved 40 years later and the building became a school and later a community center. Now endangered,...
Lafayette Spring - Lincoln Trail
Perry County (Ind.); Ohio River; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Lincoln family; Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
In 1816 Abraham Lincoln’s family crossed the Ohio River at this location in Perry County when they came to Indiana. Lafayette Spring is named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general and American...
Tell City Flood Protection Project
Perry County (Ind.); Floods; Floods--Indiana; Floods--Ohio River Valley; Flood control
Tell City was the first Indiana town to complete a floodwall after the great flood of 1937. It was built in the 1940s to keep the Ohio River from flooding again. January 24, 1937 was known as Black Sunday...
Log Cabin Where First Court Was Held in Newton County, Indiana
Newton County (Ind.); Log cabins; Circuit courts
Brook was a pioneer settlement that was officially laid out in 1866. In 1839, the home of George Spitler, located 2 miles from town, was the site of the 1st session of the circuit court for the area. Spitler...
Newton County (Ind.); Ade, George, 1866-1944; Authors, American; Portrait photographs
George Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana. He was well known for his newspaper work in Chicago and he authored several books and Broadway plays. With his earnings, he bought land near Brook where his home...
North Salem, Indiana, High School Boys’ Basketball Team in 1923
Hendricks County (Ind.); High school students; Basketball teams
This 1923 basketball team from North Salem High School is a tribute to the "czar" of the Indiana High School Athletic Association—Arthur L. Trester. Born in Hendricks County in 1878, Trester earned Basketball...
First streetcar in Plainfield, Indiana, 1904
Hendricks County (Ind.); Street-railroads; Electric railroads; Passengers; Women's clothing; Men's clothing; Baby carriages
Transportation has played a vital role in Hendricks County. For example, in 1876 one rail line connected Plainfield to seven other Hendricks County towns and to Indianapolis and Terre Haute. Shown here...
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