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Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Settling of Madison

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
1. The Settling of Madison Marker
Inscription.  Madison's history is filled with a wide variety of ethnic pioneers and settlers, including Jewish, Irish, German, French and African Americans, qualifying it as a true American melting pot. The first census of America taken in 1790 revealed that 77% of citizens were of English, Irish, Scottish and Northern Irish descent while over 7% were German – the second largest group. By the Civil War, 5 million immigrants had settled in America and 40% of them were Irish.

The famine and political unrest in Ireland were responsible for the emigration of thousands before and after the Civil War.

Madison's Irish population swelled the 1840 as laborers arrived to work on the inclined plane for the Madison-Indianapolis Railroad. St. Michael the Archangel Church is said to have been built with stones removed from the railroad cut by Irish workers.

The Germans, arriving in the 1840s and 1850s, settled in the North Walnut Street area. German workers made frameworks for saddles, called saddletrees, packed pork and brewed beer.

The Irish immigrants also built and attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church in North Madison and the
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Germans attended St. Mary's Catholic Church (later called Prince of Peace). Other denominations in Madison also built churches which served specific ethnic groups, especially German.

By the Way: One German family, the Schroeders, founded a saddletree factory in Madison in 1878, which operated until 1972. It is now an industrial museum open to the public, operated by Historic Madison, Inc.

Captions
(Top left) Railroad cut for Madison Incline.
(Bottom left) Greiner's Brewery.
(Bottom right) St. Michael the Archangel Church.
 
Erected by Ohio River Scenic Byway.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionImmigrationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 44.246′ N, 85° 22.39′ W. Marker is in Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of East 3rd Street and St. Michaels Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 E 3rd St, Madison IN 47250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Michael the Archangel (a few steps from this marker); Little Jimmy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Shell Fired into Vicksburg
The Settling of Madison Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
2. The Settling of Madison Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County (Indiana ) Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Woodfill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouse / Madison's Commercial District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of The Statue of Liberty (approx. ¼ mile away); Jefferson County Honor Roll (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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