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Indiana Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 3, 2023

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Indiana ranks 21st among states and provinces with markers in this database. Indiana is a state in the United States of America located in the American Midwest. It is also in the Great Lakes region. Indiana is some 36 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 6.7 million people. The state is divided into 92 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Indiana we have discovered historical markers in 419 cities and towns lying in 413 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,505 historical markers in Indiana, by our count. We have cataloged 2,449 historical markers and 394 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,827 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 1.3% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 56 historical markers in Indiana that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Indiana marker in the database, Three White Men Were Hung Here, was added February 22, 2006. It was photographed in Pendleton in Madison County. The last one added was submitted on January 31, 2023, and titled World War I. It is in Marion in Grant County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Indiana was erected in 1870. It was this one: Putnam County Civil War Honor Roll, and one of our correspondents found it near Greencastle in Putnam County on June 19, 2012.

Indiana Historical Topics
504 • Industry and Commerce
455 • Settlements and Settlers
248 • Education
227 • Civil War
226 • Waterways and Vessels
221 • Architecture
199 • Native Americans
195 • Roads and Vehicles
177 • Government and Politics
158 • Churches and Religion
    ... and others ...

Hoosiers don’t want to forget their Industry and Commerce history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Indiana about Industry and Commerce—504 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Settlements and Settlers with 455 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Industry and Commerce topic was Conner Street Historic District, added April 10, 2006. It had been erected in 2005 in Noblesville in Hamilton County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 3, 2023, and titled History of the 1906 Studebaker Electric Fountain. It had been erected in South Bend in St. Joseph County. The earliest marker erected with the Industry and Commerce topic that we have listed was erected in 1910. It is Rushville National Bank, found in Rushville in Rush County on December 7, 2021.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Indiana? What we know is that Three White Men Were Hung Here is the most viewed entry in the database from Indiana since it was added in 2006. This year so far, the most viewed Hoosier entry is located near West Harrison in Dearborn County. It is Morgan's Raiders Enter Ohio.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Indiana county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Marion County, with 246 of them. It is followed by Allen County with 123 markers. The Indianapolis area of Marion County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 240. In Allen County the area with the most markers, 103, is Fort Wayne.

Historical Markers in These
Indiana Counties
246 • Marion County
123 • Allen County
81 • St. Joseph County
78 • Knox County
77 • Elkhart County
73 • Jefferson County
69 • Carroll County
66 • Floyd County
63 • Grant County
61 • Franklin County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Indiana with the most markers we again find Indianapolis at the top of the list with 240 markers in or near it. And Fort Wayne also shows up again in next place, with 103 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 46204 at the top of the list with 87 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 46204 is assigned to Indianapolis IN.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 46802 with 84 markers. (46802 is assigned to Fort Wayne IN including the Ft Wayne delivery area.)

Historical Markers Near These
Indiana Cities and Towns
240 • Indianapolis
103 • Fort Wayne
78 • Vincennes
60 • Madison
60 • New Albany
54 • Delphi
54 • Newburgh
53 • Terre Haute
50 • South Bend
42 • Corydon
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Marion County, the first marker added to the database from there, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was added April 7, 2006. It was erected in 1975 in Indianapolis. The last one submitted was uploaded on November 21, 2022, and is titled Hook's Drug Stores and was erected in 2022, in Indianapolis. The earliest marker erected in Marion County that we have listed was erected in 1902. It was Soldiers and Sailors Monument, found in Indianapolis on July 18, 2017.

Latest entry from Indiana. Click to go there
By Craig Doda, January 28, 2023
Latest Entry from Indiana
“World War I”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Fort Wayne. The first: These are the Hamilton Women of Fort Wayne, was added March 12, 2009. The last: USAC’s First Race added on October 12, 2022. It had been erected in 2017. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1906: Wayne Trace, added on February 17, 2012.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Indiana Historical Bureau is currently in charge of official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Indiana Historical Society, a predecessor. We have 508 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Indiana. Click to go there
By Pat Filippone, November 25, 2016
A Indiana Historical Bureau Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Indiana have been marked with history. Check out Clinton County, Clay County and Newton County. We've only found, respectively, 4, 4, and 2 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Indiana might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023