Tell City in Perry County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Bit of Swiss
German-speaking Swiss people and others like them already living in Cincinnati, Ohio, formed the Swiss Colonization Society in 1856.
A committee was formed to find a new home along a river in a free state. Indiana was chosen for its border on the Ohio River and its beautiful hills resembling sections of their Swiss homeland. Their new city was named Tell City for William Tell, the legendary hero who was forced to shoot an apple off his sonís head as punishment to the feudal lords for his disobedience.
Settlers were given land and materials on the condition they build houses and repay the cost of materials to the society within 3 years. Loans were made for new businesses and growth was phenomenal. The initial settlement in April 1858 numbered 300, and within a month it had doubled. In 1859 the Swiss Colonization Society moved its headquarters to Tell City. Having completed its mission, it disbanded in 1879.
Tell City continued to prosper, and by 1885 had 26 furniture factories; the industry is well-known
Another Swiss settlement occurred at Vevay, Indiana, also on the Ohio River Scenic Byway, upriver of Tell City. Here the French-speaking Swiss took advantage of the fertile soil and ideal conditions for wine-making, among other pursuits.
By the Way: The original name for Tell City was Helvetia (a Latin name for Switzerland.)
Location. 37° 57.095′ N, 86° 46.176′ W. Marker is in Tell City, Indiana, in Perry County. Marker is on Main Street north of Mozart Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. For ease of parking and walking it may be best to pull off of Mozart Street into the Tell City Hall drive in getting to the marker. Located on the West lawn of the Tell City Hall in "City Hall Park" Tell City, Indiana. Marker is in this post office area: Tell City IN 47586, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tell City Hall (a few steps from this marker); Perry County Indiana Honor Roll Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial Army and Air National Guard Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham S. Fulton (approx. 3.6 miles away); A New Home in Indiana (approx. 4.1 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Employed (approx. 4.2 miles away); Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65/Pioneer George Huffman (approx. 10.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tell City.
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