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Indiana Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 25, 2022

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Indiana ranks 24th among states and provinces with markers in this database. The United States of America 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 385 cities and towns lying in 384 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,091 historical markers in Indiana, by our count. We have cataloged 2,010 historical markers and 349 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,344 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 1.2% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 81 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 20, 2022, and titled Courthouse. It is in Princeton in Gibson 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
397 • Settlements and Settlers
386 • Industry and Commerce
207 • Civil War
204 • Education
190 • Waterways and Vessels
186 • Native Americans
172 • Roads and Vehicles
154 • Government and Politics
134 • World War II
124 • Military
    ... and others ...

Hoosiers don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Indiana about Settlements and Settlers—397 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 386 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Public Square, added April 7, 2006. It had been erected in 1976 in Anderson in Madison County. The last one submitted also was submitted on January 20, 2022, and titled Courthouse. It had been erected in Princeton in Gibson County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1900. It is Frances Slocum Monument, was found near Somerset in Wabash County on July 10, 2015.

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 in Connersville in Fayette County. It is State Police Post No 6.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Indiana county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Marion County, with 234 of them. It is followed by Knox County with 78 markers. The Indianapolis area of Marion County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 228. In Knox County the area with the most markers, 78, is Vincennes.

Historical Markers in These
Indiana Counties
234 • Marion County
78 • Knox County
77 • Elkhart County
67 • Allen County
67 • Carroll County
61 • St. Joseph County
60 • Franklin County
58 • Grant County
55 • Vigo County
54 • Tippecanoe 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 228 markers in or near it. And Vincennes also shows up again in next place, with 78 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 46204 at the top of the list with 83 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 46204 is assigned to Indianapolis IN.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 47591 with 78 markers. (47591 is assigned to Vincennes IN including the Fritchton delivery area.)

Historical Markers Near These
Indiana Cities and Towns
228 • Indianapolis
78 • Vincennes
60 • Fort Wayne
54 • Delphi
53 • Terre Haute
44 • Madison
39 • Huntington
38 • Corydon
30 • Metamora
30 • Noblesville
    ... 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 June 21, 2021, and is titled Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile, 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 Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
Latest Entry from Indiana
“Courthouse”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Vincennes. The first: Vincennes in the American Revolution, was added September 17, 2007. It had been erected in 1976. The last: F-16 Fighting Falcon added on December 3, 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1914: Knox County (Indiana) Civil War Memorial, added on October 17, 2009.

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 454 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 Brown County, Newton County and Crawford County. We've only found, respectively, 4, 2, and 1 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!

Jan. 25, 2022