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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hamilton County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Hamilton 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> Hamilton County, IN (65) Boone County, IN (19) Clinton County, IN (8) Hancock County, IN (10) Madison County, IN (66) Marion County, IN (311) Tipton County, IN (8)  HamiltonCounty(65) Hamilton County (65)  BooneCounty(19) Boone County (19)  ClintonCounty(8) Clinton County (8)  HancockCounty(10) Hancock County (10)  MadisonCounty(66) Madison County (66)  MarionCounty(311) Marion County (311)  TiptonCounty(8) Tipton County (8)
Noblesville is the county seat for Hamilton County
Adjacent to Hamilton County, Indiana
      Boone County (19)  
      Clinton County (8)  
      Hancock County (10)  
      Madison County (66)  
      Marion County (311)  
      Tipton County (8)  
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1 Indiana, Hamilton County, Arcadia — 29.2019.1 — Ryan White (1971-1990)
Kokomo native Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984 after contracting the virus from a contaminated hemophilia treatment. He faced intense discrimination from his community in a time of fear and misunderstanding about AIDS and was prevented . . . Map (db m216621) HM
2 Indiana, Hamilton County, Atlanta — 29.2016.1 — Roberts Settlement
Free people of color left the South starting in the 1820s as threats to freedom and property escalated with slavery expansion. In 1835, Hansel and Elijah Roberts and Micajah Walden of North Carolina bought land in Hamilton County near anti-slavery . . . Map (db m98840) HM
3 Indiana, Hamilton County, Fishers — Ambassador House
The Ambassador House was built as a log structure c. 1826 by Thomas and Sarah West. Around 1895, Addison and India Harris enlarged the home and built the stone pillars and outbuilding. Addison served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria-Hungary from . . . Map (db m231486) HM
4 Indiana, Hamilton County, Fishers — 29.2022.1 — Grave Robbing Scandal
By the early 1900s, Indianapolis was home to multiple medical education institutions which required corpses for dissection-based learning. Extant laws failed to provide enough bodies for this use, generating a lucrative black market. In 1902, . . . Map (db m210940) HM
5 Indiana, Hamilton County, Fishers — The Conner House was never just bricks, glass and wood
This was a home where children were born and neighbors came to call. Travelers stopped here for a warm bed and a generous table. They played music and talked about books and ideas and the wider world beyond the river. Judges held court . . . Map (db m233143) HM
6 Indiana, Hamilton County, Nobelsville — Conner Street Historic District
Hamilton County formed 1823. Noblesville platted 1823, selected county seat 1824, incorporated 1851. Located east of downtown commercial area; boundaries are Conner and Logan streets (east and west) and 10th and 17th streets (north . . . Map (db m216704) HM
7 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Allison Building
Built in the 1880s by Margaret Allison, this building housed a jewelry store in the 1880s and a cigar factory in the 1890s. The carrara glass facade on the first floor is a unique feature in downtown Noblesville.Map (db m27840) HM
8 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Bachman Building
Built in the 1870s by the Bachman family, this building housed a bookstore, clothier and cigar store in the 1800s. In the 1900s, several restaurants were here, including the “Billy Bee Restaurant” in 1929 and 1930.Map (db m27885) HM
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9 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Bordner-Paskins BuildingSurround Yourself Downtown — Noblesville Main Street, Inc. —
Erected by Mary H. Roudebush c. 1901, this building was sold in halves to each of two young entrepreneurs in 1916. P. P. Paskins Restaurant and Walter Bordner Monument Works shared the simple structure for over 50 years.Map (db m129350) HM
10 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Bryan Clauson
Known internationally as one of America’s most popular and successful short-track racers, Bryan Clauson was also a proud Noblesville Miller. Despite his passing in 2016, at only age 27, his mark was already indelible. 112 USAC wins ranks him in . . . Map (db m175607) HM
11 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Caylor Block
This three-unit block was built in 1884 by H. M. Caylor as a dry goods store. Typical of Victorian Gothic style, second-story details feature decorative arched stonework around the windows and the Corbel table bearing the Caylor name.Map (db m27886) HM
12 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Cherokee Lodge
Built in 1891 by the Castor family, the third floor of this building was owned by the Cherokee Lodge of the Independent Order of Red Men for many years. The mayor's office was located here in the mid 1890s.Map (db m233034) HM
13 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Cole-Evans House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Cole-Evans house c. 1840Map (db m231460) HM
14 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — 29.2005.1 — Conner Street Historic District
Hamilton County formed 1823. Noblesville platted 1823, selected county seat 1824, incorporated 1851. Located east of downtown commercial area; boundaries are Conner and Logan streets (east and west) and 10th and 17th streets (north and south). . . . Map (db m240) HM
15 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Corner Drug Store
This was the site of the old Corner Drug Store, a three story building & popular gathering spot, which stood from c.1850 until it was razed in 1914. The present structure was then built & continued as a drugstore until 1995.Map (db m27872) HM
16 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Craig House
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built 1893Map (db m231437) HM
17 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Craycraft Block
Built by Daniel Craycraft in 1889, this Queen Anne building housed Meade Vestal's law office. Vestal was a prominent Democrat and Circuit Court judge. The second floor loggia is unique for a commercial building.Map (db m27842) HM
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18 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Crownland Cemetery Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who died while serving their country Gold Star Veterans Korean War Charles Chii Dress • John Frederick Christy • Robert Townsend Copple • Malcom Darrell Ireland • Charles R. Kenley • Robert P. . . . Map (db m161450) WM
19 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Dedicated to All Veterans
( Etched Seals ) United States - - Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and POW * MIAMap (db m37894) WM
20 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — First Christian Church
In 1897 the cornerstone was laid to this gothic revival church, home until 1989 of the county's oldest Christian congregation. Designed by architects Wing & Mahurin, it showcases a central rosette window and 6-story bell tower.Map (db m232628) HM
21 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — First National Bank
Moving from a modest first floor site on Logan Street, this “modern banking house” was constructed in 1910 as the first new building of the decade. It features a limestone facade and ionic pilisters (sic) in the neo-classical style.Map (db m27917) HM
22 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Five and Ten Building
F. M. Bachman, a German immigrant, constructed this c.1880 building for his grocery business. The building is best known for housing the Morris 5&10¢ Store, located here from the 1920s to the 1950s.Map (db m27845) HM
23 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Grand Hotel
J. Frank Becker built the “Becker House” in 1884 and used it as a bakery, restaurant, and boarding house. John Dietrich bought the property in 1905, calling it the Grand Hotel which had a “fireplace in every room.”Map (db m27887) HM
24 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Hamilton County (Indiana) Honor Roll
(Large Stone Benches) (Left Bench) ““ From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which. . .” (Right Bench) “. . .they gave the last full measure of devotion”“ . . . Map (db m38156) WM
25 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Harrell House
This property Harrell House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m231466) HM
26 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Heylmann Repository
The long-standing carriage & wagon manufactory of Heylmann & Sons had its beginnings here. Built in 1872, it is one of downtown's oldest remaining structures. A facade remodeling in 1918 updated it for a new tenant, the gas company.Map (db m27888) HM
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27 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — J. L. Evans Building
This building has been continuously used as a tavern since it was built by James L. Evans in 1889. It was strategically located on this corner to service railroad passengers with food and drink downstairs and boarding upstairs.Map (db m27863) HM
28 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — J.G. Heylmann & Sons
Built in 1898, this Chicago school style facility was home to a growing carriage business. It features a system of ramps connecting three levels. From 1935-1999, Hudler Press printed weekly editions of The Noblesville Times.Map (db m232620) HM
29 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Joseph Block
The Joseph Block was built by two wealthy brothers, Julius and Louis Joseph, around 1900. It first housed a furniture and hardware store and later the House of Crane, a popular cigar shop and pool hall until 1928.Map (db m27864) HM
30 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Judge Stone HouseCirca 1849 — National Register of Historic Places —
Restoration made possible by the Hamilton County Visitor and Convention Commission, the City of Noblesville and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service's Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department . . . Map (db m231481) HM
31 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Lacy Block
Constructed in 1888 by Albert H. Lacy, this building appears to be 4 stories, but the blind windows mask a decked roof. The tenants have included a hardware store for over 100 years and the Knights of Pythias for over 40 years.Map (db m27862) HM
32 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Lybrand-Oursler Block
Speculating after the discovery of natural gas, Charles Oursler and Lucius Lybrand built this two-story block in 1888. The first tenants were the post office in the west storefront and a series of grocery stores next door.Map (db m233193) HM
33 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Masonic Hall
Built c. 1870, this building once housed the City Theater on the third floor and the local newspaper on the second. Purchased by Masonic Lodge No. 57 in 1884, and updated with a stepped gable, it was home to the Masons until 1915.Map (db m27865) HM
34 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Neal Block
In 1914, Charles and Everett Neal merged their paper, the Enterprise, with the Noblesville Daily Ledger. In 1926, the Neals constructed this building and the Noblesville Daily Ledger remained at this location until . . . Map (db m232980) HM
35 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — New York Store
This brick structure was built as two buildings in the late 1880s. Around 1920 they were modified with the single facade. Occupants included a hardware store, pool hall, and the New York Store Company, a large department store.Map (db m27883) HM
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36 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Noblesville's Last Brick Alley
A crowd of fascinated residents gathered to witness the construction of the first brick street in the town of Noblesville — then an exciting modern innovation. Although this photo of the square being paved is dated 1892, there is no evidence that . . . Map (db m232635) HM
37 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — 29.2021.1 — Norman Norell 1900-1972 / Dean of American Fashion
Norman Norell, 1900-1972. Fashion designer Norman (Levinson) Norell was born near here. The Levinsons settled in Noblesville in 1857 and opened a men’s clothing store. They relocated to Indianapolis in 1907, where theater productions inspired . . . Map (db m210939) HM
38 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Palace of Sweets
Real estate investor Louis Joseph built this building for Margason Hardware in 1907. In 1927, Greek confectioner Harry Plackas moved his candy business to this site, where he & his family lived over the "sweet shop" until 1940.Map (db m232548) HM
39 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — 29.2007.1 — Potter's Covered Bridge
First bridge spanning White River at Potter's Ford was commissioned 1860 and named after the landowner, William Potter. In 1870, Hamilton County Commissioners voted for construction of this "Howe Truss" bridge. It was finished 1871 and . . . Map (db m8165) HM
40 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — R. R. Stephenson Block
A single-step parapet sports the name R. R. Stephenson, the judge and politician who built this block in 1888. Two storefronts housed the gas company and a brother's plumbing business. Since 1938 it has been home to taverns.Map (db m27913) HM
41 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — R.L. Wilson House
This brick home was built c.1864 by Leonard Wild for Mr. Wilson on the site of William Conner's 1837 town house. It is a classic example of T-plan Italianate architecture exhibiting ornate ironwork and fine interior woodwork.Map (db m231482) HM
42 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Richwine & Kline Building
Built in 1898 by George C. Richwine, this building was used to sell carriages, buggies, wagons and bicycles. When transportation changed, the building was used to sell automobiles from the 1920s to the 1950s.Map (db m232631) HM
43 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Richwine Block
In 1915 George C. Richwine built a combination apartment house and business block on the site of his home and buggy shop. Then considered a monstrosity, this unusual California mission style glazed brick building is revered today.Map (db m27889) HM
44 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Shirts Building
Site of the First Presbyterian Church from 1850-1903, this building was erected in 1904 by Stella Shirts. A central staircase between two ground-floor retail spaces leads up to four offices that retain much original woodwork.Map (db m27890) HM
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45 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Sowerwine Building
Built in 1867 and rebuilt in 1887, this building has continuously held dry goods stores: 1898-1920, C. W. Sowerwine; 1920-1925, Osbon Dry Goods; c.1925-1981, Willits Department Store; 1982-2001, Watson's Carpet.Map (db m27866) HM
46 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — 29.1994.1 — The Central Canal
These canal-bed earthworks are remnants of construction on the Central Canal from 1836-39. It was planned to link the Hoosier interior with interstate markets, via the Wabash & Erie Canal, as part of the 1836 Internal Improvement Act. Indiana's . . . Map (db m41624) HM
47 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — 91001862 — The Noblesville Commercial Historic District
The Noblesville Commercial Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the united States Department of the Interior - - + - - + - - + - - The District is roughly bounded . . . Map (db m37887) HM
48 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — U.S. Post Office
The Noblesville Post Office occupied this brick and limestone building from 1906 to 1931. Later, a west-end addition created a total of four bays occupied by a medley of shops and offices, including jewelers, cobblers and barbers.Map (db m232979) HM
49 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Union Traction Station
The Union Traction Company, Indiana's largest interurban line, built this station in 1906. During its heyday in 1910, 35 trains a day passed through Noblesville, making it "one of the banner stations of the line".Map (db m233035) HM
50 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Wainwright Trust Building
Built c. 1880, the Wainwright Trust Company was located here until the 1930s. The county's first abstract company, Wainwright and Hall, was forerunner to the Trust Company formed in 1901Map (db m27914) HM
51 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — White River GreenwayPotter's Bridge: Spanning Through Time
Potter's Bridge was built in 1871 by Josiah Durfee of Noblesville for a mere $13,000. It connects the land called "Potter's Ford,” named for William A. Potter (1838-1883) who owned and farmed the surrounding land. Why Were Bridges . . . Map (db m163077) HM
52 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville — Wild Building
The Wild building was built in 1880 by Leonard Wild, the “merchant prince and largest builder of his home city”. Designed by Huebner and Mueller of Indianapolis, it housed Wild's dry goods store for more than 15 years.Map (db m27874) HM
53 Indiana, Hamilton County, Noblesville, Noblesville Township — Craycraft Dry Goods
In the early 1900s, part of the Citizens State Bank building on the corner was reconfigured with the adjacent structure to enlarge the Craycraft Dry Goods Store. The business remained in the Craycraft family until 1962.Map (db m232598) HM
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54 Indiana, Hamilton County, Sheridan, Adams Township — Boxley Homestead
George and Hannah Boxley, first white settlers in Adams Twp., built the log cabin which still stands on this property in 1827. The Boxley's, early leaders in the community, used their home as a station on the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil . . . Map (db m216543) HM
55 Indiana, Hamilton County, Sheridan, Adams Township — Indiana Celebration Point Of HistoryGeorge Boxley, Abolitionist, ca. 1780-1865 Refuge Log Cabin-1828 — National Register of Historic Places —
Born in Virginia, George Boxley, first settler in Adams Township, Hamilton County, came to Indiana, as a fugitive from justice. Accused of helping slaves to escape and fomenting a slave rebellion in 1816 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Boxley . . . Map (db m216521) HM
56 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown — Archaeology in Action — Strawtown Koteewi Park —
We have recreated a large full-scale archaeological excavation out of concrete. You can see the stratigraphy in the levels of the soil by noticing the different colors of the concrete. See if you can identify these archaeological . . . Map (db m163109) HM
57 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown — Details in the Dirt — Strawtown Koteewi —
We have uncovered multiple dwelling structures, stockade walls, hearths, storage pits, middens (trash pits), and thousands of artifacts. Many of the material cultural items have long since decomposed, but fragments remain. Notice the . . . Map (db m163108) HM
58 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown — The Mock Excavation — Strawtown Koteewi Park —
Welcome to the mock archaeological excavation. Archaeology is one way we learn about the past life ways of the people who once lived here. Archaeology is the scientific study of man's material culture. Archaeologists study artifacts and other . . . Map (db m163107) HM
59 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown — Welcome to Strawtown Koteewi Park — Strawtown Koteewi Park —
The park's name evokes its natural prairie environment and pays homage to Native American people who once occupied this site. This unique environment, nurtured by the White River, has served as an ecological and cultural crossroads throughout . . . Map (db m163111) HM
60 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown, White River Township — Daily Life StructureStrawtown Koteewi Park — Koteewi Trace Adventures in Archaeology —
Although much of the day-to-day living was done outside of the home, the family home played an important role in the lives of Strawtown's early Native American communities. The family resided in the home and many of their food items and personal . . . Map (db m216812)
61 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown, White River Township — The Community StructureStrawtown Koteewi Park — Koteewi Trace Adventures in Archaeology —
Community buildings, as the name implies, belonged to the community and served a different purpose and were larger than a single family home. Community buildings could have served as the meeting place for discussing issues within the tribe. These . . . Map (db m216807)
62 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown, White River Township — The Oliver Village SiteStrawtown Koteewi Park — Koteewi Trace Adventures in Archaeology —
The Oliver Phase people once built a village here at Strawtown Koteewi Park. The Oliver Village site (A.D. 1200-1450) located at Strawtown Koteewi Park is thought to be the beginnings of the Oliver Phase peoples. Based on archaeological evidence, . . . Map (db m216817)
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63 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown, White River Township — The Stockade WallStrawtown Koteewi Park — Koteewi Trace Adventures in Archaeology —
This stockade wall and ditch are representative of what was found at Strawtown Koteewi Park. The Oliver Village is often referred to as the Strawtown Enclosure because the village was "enclosed" by a stockade wall and ditch. The ditch was well . . . Map (db m216795)
64 Indiana, Hamilton County, Strawtown, White River Township — Village WelcomeStrawtown Koteewi Park — Koteewi Trace Adventures in Archaeology —
People from many interesting cultures made the area of Strawtown Koteewi Park their home. As you explore this exhibit you will see recreated structures from the Late Woodland time period. Although these structures are not exact replicas of the ones . . . Map (db m216792)
65 Indiana, Hamilton County, Westfield, Westfield Washington Township — 29.2008.1 — Rhodes Family Incident
In 1837, an enslaved family of three escaped from Missouri; settled six miles north of here 1839 with name Rhodes. In 1844, Singleton Vaughn arrived at their home to claim them; family resisted until neighbors arrived. Vaughn agreed to take . . . Map (db m216703) HM
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Dec. 2, 2023