“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Princeton in Gibson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Early 1800s — Present

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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
1. Industry Marker
Inscription.  Princeton's natural resources & its location at a transportation crossroads has allowed it to thrive as a hub of industry for over 200 years. In the early 1800s, as pioneers arrived, tradesmen such as blacksmiths & carpenters were quick to set up shop. Horse & water-powered mills were used for cutting lumber, grinding corn & carding wool. A young Abe Lincoln came all the way from Spencer County to Princeton to have his wool carded in 1827. Several whiskey & brandy distilleries were active in the teens & 1820s, in the words of the late historian Gilbert Stormont, "to meet the wants of the community, however varied they might be." The 1830s saw the rise of a pork packing business. In the winter of 1836-1837 the Devin brothers packed & shipped nearly a million pounds of pork on flatboats downriver to New Orleans. Subsequent industries included coal mining, railroad shops, lumber mills & brick plants. In 1907 a clock-maker named Julius Hansen invented an automatic bell-ringing system for schools. Princeton High School was the first in the nation to implement the system. Hansen soon opened a factory, which continues to make specialized motors in
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Princeton today. In the 1920s & 30s, Princeton expanded into the food industry with the opening of the Heinz Ketchup factory & Princeton Farms, where popcorn was produced on as scale of 10 million lbs. per year. Mid-States Rubber Products became part of World War II's industrial war effort in 1944, making rubber parts for Army aircraft. In 1958 the company moved from Evansville to Princeton, where it manufactures appliance components today. Potter & Brumfield designed & produced the first viable aerospace electronic relays; virtually all space vehicles through the 1980s used P&B relays. In 1995 Toyota chose Princeton for the site of its new billion dollar manufacturing plant, & an economic boom ensued. Their suppliers such as EnovaPremier, Vuteq, TISA, Millennium Steel, Gibson County Quality Assurance, Product Action International & Toyota Boshoku, also opened locations near Princeton to minimize shipping costs. Additionally, many services opened in Princeton to satisfy the needs of its growing workforce. Other companies in Princeton include Nidec, Highway Machine Co., Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation & the Gibson Generating Station. The City of Princeton takes great pride in its industrial heritage & hopes the future will see the birth of new & flourishing industries to come.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
2. Industry Marker
Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, World II.
Location. 38° 21.333′ N, 87° 34.218′ W. Marker is in Princeton, Indiana, in Gibson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway Street (Indiana Route 65) and North West Street, on the left when traveling east on West Broadway Street. Marker is located in the heritage plaza at the southeast corner of Downtown Princeton Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Broadway Street, Princeton IN 47670, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lyles Station (here, next to this marker); Coal Mining (here, next to this marker); Railroads (here, next to this marker); Tri-State Tornado (here, next to this marker); Prince Town (here, next to this marker); Agriculture (a few steps from this marker); Patoka Wildlife Refuge (a few steps from this marker); Early Settlers (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Princeton, Indiana
Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
3. Industry Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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