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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Gibson County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Gibson County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Gibson County, IN (31) Knox County, IN (95) Pike County, IN (6) Posey County, IN (15) Vanderburgh County, IN (47) Warrick County, IN (65) Wabash County, IL (6) White County, IL (21)  GibsonCounty(31) Gibson County (31)  KnoxCounty(95) Knox County (95)  PikeCounty(6) Pike County (6)  PoseyCounty(15) Posey County (15)  VanderburghCounty(47) Vanderburgh County (47)  WarrickCounty(65) Warrick County (65)  WabashCountyIllinois(6) Wabash County (6)  WhiteCounty(21) White County (21)
Princeton is the county seat for Gibson County
Adjacent to Gibson County, Indiana
      Knox County (95)  
      Pike County (6)  
      Posey County (15)  
      Vanderburgh County (47)  
      Warrick County (65)  
      Wabash County, Illinois (6)  
      White County, Illinois (21)  
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1 Indiana, Gibson County, Francisco — Wabash & Erie Canal
( At Top - - Canal Map & Points of Interest ) Here is a section of the Wabash & Erie Canal still visible in Gibson County. Construction of the approx. 460 mi. canal. The longest in North America. Began in 1832 & was completed in 1853. One . . . Map (db m47806) HM
2 Indiana, Gibson County, Mackey — Morton Cemetery
Established 1840 A Historic Cemetery Listed In Indiana's Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of The Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesMap (db m63745) HM
3 Indiana, Gibson County, Oakland City — 26.2005.1 — James Washington Cockrum
Side 'One' Born 1799 in North Carolina. Purchased land 1818 in Gibson County. Cockrum and Jacob Warrick Hargrove laid out the town of Oakland (now Oakland City) on January 15, 1856. Cockrum and his son William Monroe Cockrum, along with . . . Map (db m47807) HM
4 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Agriculture — 1,000 B.C. — Present
Princeton abounds in fertile soils from the seasonal flooding of the Wabash, Patoka & White Rivers. Fertile silts were deposited in the riverbeds by glacial outwash at the end of the last glacial period. Archeological records indicate that Native . . . Map (db m190588) HM
5 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Black Civil War Substitutes
[side 1] By 1862, the Union Army’s need for new recruits could no longer be met by volunteers; in March 1863, U.S. Congress passed the Enrollment Act authorizing a national draft. Drafted or enrolled men of means could hire substitutes to . . . Map (db m180284) HM
6 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Civil War Honor Roll Memorial — 58th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry —
( 1864 Monument ) Erected by the Survivors of the 58th Reg. Ind. Vol. To the memory of their deceased comrades in arms 1864 Honor the Flag ( 1914 Bronze Plaque ) This monument was erected by the 58th . . . Map (db m48100) WM
7 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Coal Mining — 1874 — Present
During the Carboniferous Period between 359 & 299 million years ago, Princeton had a much warmer climate than it does today, & the landscape was covered by giant plants. The buried remains of these plants were transformed into coal over millions of . . . Map (db m190598) HM
8 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Courthouse
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 . . . Map (db m190739) HM
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9 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Courthouse Square Historic District
Structures on State, Broadway, Water, Hart, and Main Streets comprise the Courthouse Square Historic District. Commercial development on the courthouse square resulted in part from Princeton's position as a transportation center for the area. In . . . Map (db m190738) HM
10 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Declaration of Friendship — Tahara City, Japan & Princeton, Indiana
WHEREAS, the citizens of the City/County of Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana, USA and Tahara-cho, Japan do mutually agree to establish a Friendship city/county affiliation to deepen the friendship and confidence between our countries and to . . . Map (db m190737) HM
11 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Early Settlers — 1789 — 1814
Immigration to the Princeton area began to explode after the Northwest Territory was formed in 1787. Young settlers came seeking a place to start their own homestead. They often arrived by way of the Red Bank Trail & Patoka Trace, traveling either . . . Map (db m190587) HM
12 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Gibson County American Revolution Honor Roll
Soldiers & Patriots of the American Revolution buried in Gibson County Indiana ( Row One ) Robert Archer, S. C. • Thomas Bell, S. C. • Nicholas Boren, Penn. • David Bucklin, R. I. • Robert Cashbott, Penn. • Charles Cross, Va. • . . . Map (db m47895) WM
13 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Gibson County Civil War Memorial
(( Upper Section )) (Front) - - Resacca • Gettysburg • Chickamauga • March to the Sea (Left) - - Shiloh • Perryville • Vicksburg • Nashville (Right) - - Antietam • Franklin • Kennesaw Mt. • Fredricksburg (Back) - - Bentonville • . . . Map (db m48172) WM
14 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Gibson County Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans Memorial — Aug. 1990 --- Mar. 1991 —
Dedicated to All Gibson County service Men and Women that served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield in support or in combat from Aug. 1990 — Mar. 1991 ( Obverse Side ) Erected by Gibson Navy Mothers . . . Map (db m47874) WM
15 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Gibson County Korean - Vietnam Honor Rolls
( Center Panel ) “They have earned the undying esteem and respect of all thoughtful and freedom-loving Americans for their overriding devotion and sense of duty to our Nation.” — President Ronald Reagan — . . . Map (db m48224) WM
16 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Gibson County World Wars I and II Honor Roll
(( Center Panel )) Erected by the Service Mother ( Across Both Side Panels ) In Commemoration of the Valor and Sacrifice of our Heroes in World Wars I and II (( Left Panel )) ( Row One ) Charles T. Alvis . . . Map (db m48101) WM
17 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Industry — Early 1800s — Present
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 . . . Map (db m190599) HM
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18 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Judge William Prince
Erected 1914 Centennial Year by General John Gibson Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Honor of Judge William Prince after whom Princeton was NamedMap (db m47873) HM
19 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Lyles Station — 1849 — Present
The legacy of Lyles Station, a small community located 4.5 miles west of Princeton, Indiana, began in the early 1800’s as a settlement of free black men near the convergence of the Wabash, Patoka & White Rivers. In 1870 Joshua Lyles, a free black . . . Map (db m190600) HM
20 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — 26.2002.1 — Lyles Station
Side 'One' Settled in late 1840s by Joshua and Sanford Lyles, former slaves from Tennessee. African Methodist Episcopal Church (since 1860) and schools (1865-1958) played important roles in sustaining the community. On land donated by Joshua . . . Map (db m47805) HM
21 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Lyles Station, Indiana
1886 --- Lyles Station, Indiana --- 1986 Dedicated to preserve the memory of Joshua Lyles Lyles Station, Indiana, the State’s only remaining black-named community, was settled more than one hundred years ago by Joshua Lyles, a Freed . . . Map (db m47898) HM
22 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Native Americans — 8,000 B.C. — 1811
Many Native American tribes have inhabited the Princeton area over the centuries, including the Piankeshaw, Wea, Shawnee, Deleware, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo, Miami & Pottawatomi tribes. These peoples fished the area's rivers & streams, hunted for buffalo, . . . Map (db m207981) HM
23 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Patoka Wildlife Refuge — 1994 — Present
Shaped by the last retreating glacier around 10,000 years ago, the Patoka River meanders through sand, gravel & silt deposits left by glacial outwash. The river corridor is home to over 380 species of wildlife, including nesting bald eagles, the . . . Map (db m190735) HM
24 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Prehistoric Landscape — 420 Million Years Ago — 10,000 Years Ago
The Princeton you see today is not as it always was. Over billions of years, natural processes have drastically affected the climate, flora & fauna, & even the geographic location of what is now Princeton. Between 420 & 359 million years ago, during . . . Map (db m190585) HM
25 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Prince Town — February 14, 1814
Gibson County was formed in 1813 from the southwestern portion of the Indiana Territory. Once the wheels of county government began turning, the push to locate a county seat was imminent. The settlement of Patoka had been selected for the seat, but . . . Map (db m190591) HM
26 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Railroads — 1852 — Present
In the late 1840s, Samuel Hall, future president of the Evansville & Illinois Railroad Co., had a vision of bringing the railroad to his adopted town of Princeton. He devoted much time & resources to realize his vision, but success did not come . . . Map (db m190592) HM
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27 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Stellar Community — 2014 & Beyond
2014 marks the Bicentennial Celebration of Princeton, along with a period of great civic improvements. Princeton's mission statement is, "To provide residents, visitors & the business community with the highest quality municipal services in an . . . Map (db m190736) HM
28 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton — Tri-State Tornado — March 18, 1925
On Wednesday, March 18, 1925 at 4:15 p.m. a tornado ripped through the city of Princeton. In the 60 seconds it took to pass through town, hundreds of people lost everything they owned, & many lost their lives. The tornado was rated an F-5 & named . . . Map (db m190734) HM
29 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, Patoka Township — Brownlee Addition Historic District
The Brownlee Addition Historic District is located along West Spruce and West Walnut Streets between North West Street and Brownlee Avenue. Most of this district was originally owned by Robert W. Evans. On April 15, 1828 Judge Samuel Hall, who . . . Map (db m226445) HM
30 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, Patoka Township — South Princeton Historic District
The South Princeton Historic District is a three-block area of predominately residential structures. This district is located on South Hart, South Main, and West Water Streets just south of the courthouse square. A broad range of architectural . . . Map (db m226489) HM
31 Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, Patoka Township — Welborn-Ross (House)
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m226491) HM
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Sep. 25, 2023