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Tell City in Perry County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Bit of Swiss

 
 
A Bit of Swiss Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
1. A Bit of Swiss Marker
Inscription. In the early 1800s, the Ohio River was the font of Midwestern settlement. Easy river travel helped spur colonization. German speaking Swiss people were among the many ethnic groups who migrated to America seeking economic opportunity and freedom from European oppression.

German-speaking Swiss people and others like them already living in Cincinnati, Ohio, formed the Swiss Colonization Society in 1856.

A committee was formed to find a new home along a river in a free state. Indiana was chosen for its border on the Ohio River and its beautiful hills resembling sections of their Swiss homeland. Their new city was named Tell City for William Tell, the legendary hero who was forced to shoot an apple off his sonís head as punishment to the feudal lords for his disobedience.

Settlers were given land and materials on the condition they build houses and repay the cost of materials to the society within 3 years. Loans were made for new businesses and growth was phenomenal. The initial settlement in April 1858 numbered 300, and within a month it had doubled. In 1859 the Swiss Colonization Society moved its headquarters to Tell City. Having completed its mission, it disbanded in 1879.

Tell City continued to prosper, and by 1885 had 26 furniture factories; the industry is well-known
Left Side - - A Bit of Swiss Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
2. Left Side - - A Bit of Swiss Marker
even today. The Swiss Germans also produced beer and wine, and the town had many beer gardens and saloons. Music and festivity have always been and are still part of the fun at Tell City.

Another Swiss settlement occurred at Vevay, Indiana, also on the Ohio River Scenic Byway, upriver of Tell City. Here the French-speaking Swiss took advantage of the fertile soil and ideal conditions for wine-making, among other pursuits.

By the Way: The original name for Tell City was Helvetia (a Latin name for Switzerland.)
 
Location. 37° 57.095′ N, 86° 46.176′ W. Marker is in Tell City, Indiana, in Perry County. Marker is on Main Street north of Mozart Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. For ease of parking and walking it may be best to pull off of Mozart Street into the Tell City Hall drive in getting to the marker. Located on the West lawn of the Tell City Hall in "City Hall Park" Tell City, Indiana. Marker is in this post office area: Tell City IN 47586, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tell City Hall (a few steps from this marker); Perry County Indiana Honor Roll Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial
Marker Photo - - "Nineteenth Century Business" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
3. Marker Photo - - "Nineteenth Century Business"
(within shouting distance of this marker); Army and Air National Guard Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham S. Fulton (approx. 3.6 miles away); A New Home in Indiana (approx. 4.1 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Employed (approx. 4.2 miles away); Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65/Pioneer George Huffman (approx. 10.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tell City.
 
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Marker Photo - - "Swiss Boys Club, c. 1908" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
4. Marker Photo - - "Swiss Boys Club, c. 1908"
Right Side - - A Bit of Swiss Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
5. Right Side - - A Bit of Swiss Marker
Marker Photo - - "Dedication of Oddfellows Building, Nov. 29, 1894" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
6. Marker Photo - - "Dedication of Oddfellows Building, Nov. 29, 1894"
"William Tell and Son" - Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
7. "William Tell and Son" - Fountain
Fountain 1974 Dedication Plaque - - To the People of Perry & Spencer Counties. image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
8. Fountain 1974 Dedication Plaque - - To the People of Perry & Spencer Counties.
The Fountain ! ! image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
9. The Fountain ! !
Wide View - - A Bit of Swiss Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
10. Wide View - - A Bit of Swiss Marker
Note marker in the lower center of this photo.
East Side - - Tell City Hall - - "City Park Square" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
11. East Side - - Tell City Hall - - "City Park Square"
Tell City Hall - - "City Park Square" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
12. Tell City Hall - - "City Park Square"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 25, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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