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Princeton in Gibson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Courthouse

 
 
Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
1. Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  The site of the town of Princeton was chosen as the county seat in 1814 by county commissioners William Prince, Robert Elliott, Abel Westfall, and William Polk. On February 14, 1814, the name Princeton was chosen by the commissioners, casting lots among themselves. William Prince was the fortunate one; hence the name Princeton. The land was surveyed and laid out by surveyors Ebenezer Buckingham and John Breathitt with the plat being recorded on March 28, 1814. The first courthouse, a one story salmon brick common mortar building, was constructed on the courthouse square in 1814. This building was replaced by a larger brick building in 1843, at a cost of $9,000 dollars which was, in turn, replaced by the present courthouse, a Romanesque Revival, in 1884 at a cost of $188,661 dollars. Princeton's early growth was due in part to its location at the halfway point between Evansville and Vincennes — stagecoach line passengers would use this stop to have dinner and some would stay overnight. In 1851 the Evansville and Terre Haute Railroad passed through Princeton. In 1870 the Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Railroad came to town, further encouraging
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Source: Gibson County Warrick County Interim Report, September 1984 and local Princeton historians
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable BuildingsRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. 38° 21.364′ N, 87° 34.129′ W. Marker is in Princeton, Indiana, in Gibson County. Marker is on North Hart Street just south of West State Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 North Hart 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. Courthouse Square Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Honor Roll Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge William Prince (within shouting distance of this marker); Gibson County American Revolution Honor Roll (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gibson County World Wars I and II Honor Roll (about 300 feet away); Gibson County Korean - Vietnam Honor Rolls (about 400 feet away); Gibson County Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Gibson County Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton.
 
Regarding Courthouse.
Marker Detail: First Floor Plan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
2. Marker Detail: First Floor Plan
National Register of Historic Places #84001038.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Princeton, Indiana
 
Also see . . .
1. Gibson County Courthouse.
The cornerstone was laid on June 17, 1884, accompanied by a Masonic ceremony attended by several thousand people. The McDonald Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky designed the Romanesque Revival building, which was constructed by local contractor Joseph Miller of Washington.
(Submitted on January 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Gibson County Courthouse.
With its four corner towers framing four original center entries that form a Greek cross, it stands as a picturesque example of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture. The exterior of the courthouse was built using limestone from Bedford, Indiana and brick manufactured in St. Louis. Interior construction materials included black walnut grown in the county as well as mosaic tiles and oak flooring.
(Submitted on January 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
3. Courthouse Marker
Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
4. Courthouse Marker
(looking southeast across North Hart Street • Gibson County Courthouse in background)
Gibson County Courthouse (<i>north elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
5. Gibson County Courthouse (north elevation)
Gibson County Courthouse (<i>southwest elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
6. Gibson County Courthouse (southwest elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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