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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Parke County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Parke 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> Parke County, IN (41) Clay County, IN (4) Fountain County, IN (52) Montgomery County, IN (30) Putnam County, IN (33) Vermillion County, IN (15) Vigo County, IN (55)  ParkeCounty(41) Parke County (41)  ClayCounty(4) Clay County (4)  FountainCounty(52) Fountain County (52)  MontgomeryCounty(30) Montgomery County (30)  PutnamCounty(33) Putnam County (33)  VermillionCounty(15) Vermillion County (15)  VigoCounty(55) Vigo County (55)
Rockville is the county seat for Parke County
Adjacent to Parke County, Indiana
      Clay County (4)  
      Fountain County (52)  
      Montgomery County (30)  
      Putnam County (33)  
      Vermillion County (15)  
      Vigo County (55)  
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1 Indiana, Parke County, Annapolis — 61.1966.4 — Boyhood home of J. G. "Uncle Joe" Cannon." Smoking Joe" Cannon — Annapolis Indiana —
From about 1835 to 1880 Annapolis was a thriving town with many factories, stores, and potteries.Map (db m30377) HM
2 Indiana, Parke County, Annapolis — Jungle Park
Few race tracks in America possessed the renown, mystique, and sense of awe as Jungle Park Speedway. Carved from the dense Indiana woods in 1926, by Earl Padgett, the half mile track soon became a hotbed for Midwest racing, attracting . . . Map (db m161462) HM
3 Indiana, Parke County, Annapolis — Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge1906 — Indiana's Historic Pike County, The Covered Bridge Category —
Burr Arch construction by Wm. Hendricks. 102' in length, crosses Sugar Mill Creek and was named for a mill that formerly stood nearby.Map (db m159708) HM
4 Indiana, Parke County, Armiesburg — 61.1966.2 — Armiesburg
So named because armies of Gen. Wm. H. Harrison (1811) and Gen. Saml. Hopkins (1812) bivouacked nearby. A busy village during waterpower days, court was held here before the county was judicially organized.Map (db m17285) HM
5 Indiana, Parke County, Armiesburg — 61.2004.1 — Christmas (Noel) Dagenet
Born December 25, 1799 near Terre Haute; baptised by Father Rivet, missionary at Vincennes. Son of French fur trader Ambrose Dagenet and Mechinquamesha, sister of Wea chief Jacco. Served Wea nation and U.S. government at Treaty of St. Mary's . . . Map (db m17284) HM
6 Indiana, Parke County, Bloomingdale — 61.1970.1 — Dennis HallWestern Manual Labor School — Friends Bloomingdale Academy —
An 1860 addition to Western Manual Labor School. The school was operated by Quakers from 1846 to 1916. The name was changed to Friends Bloomingdale Academy in 1862.Map (db m17258) HM
7 Indiana, Parke County, Bloomingdale — Underground Railroad Station1850 — 1868 — Alfred & Rhoda Hadley —
A memorial to Alfred & Rhoda Hadley and others of Bloomindale who maintained an Underground Railroad Station to assist fugitive slaves to Freedom.Map (db m59730) HM
8 Indiana, Parke County, Bloomingdale — Winning School of Parke County IndianaAmerican Legion Oratorical Contest 1954 — Penn Township School —
1809       (Relief of Lincoln)       1865 The Gettysburg Address “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all . . . Map (db m17260) HM
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9 Indiana, Parke County, Bridgeton — 61.1968.2 — 10 O'Clock LineTreaty with Potawatomi, Delaware, and Miami Indians
The famous Indian Reserve Line of 1809 which began at the mouth of Big Raccoon Creek and ended on the Ohio boundary crossed this point.Map (db m164849) HM
10 Indiana, Parke County, Howard — Mill Creek Covered Bridge1907 — Indiana's Historic Parke County, The Covered Bridge Capital —
Burr Arch constructed by D. M. Brown. 92' in length, crosses Mill Creek. Sometimes called "Tow Path Bridge"Map (db m159736) HM
11 Indiana, Parke County, Marshall — 61.1968.4 — Turkey Run
Little Ned Garland, son of the first family to settle in Indiana North of the 10 O’clock Line, is said to have named the stream below this cliff because wild turkeys roosted in trees within this chasm.Map (db m3673) HM
12 Indiana, Parke County, Mecca — 61.1968.1 — 10 O'Clock Line
The famous Indian Reserve Line of 1809 which began at the mouth of Big Raccoon Creek and ended on the Ohio boundary crossed this point.Map (db m164848) HM
13 Indiana, Parke County, Mecca — Hixon Cemetery — Cemetery Heritage —
Hixon Cemetery Established 1853 A Historic Cemetery Listed in Indiana’s Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Installed 2008 Indiana Historical Bureau and . . . Map (db m60476) HM
14 Indiana, Parke County, Montezuma — Melcher Bridge1896
Burr Arch construction by J. J. Daniels 83' in length, crosses Leatherwood Creek. Sometimes called Klondyke Bridge for a nearby community of same name.Map (db m164878) HM
15 Indiana, Parke County, Montezuma — Montezuma Cemetery — Cemetery Heritage —
Montezuma Cemetery Established 1818 A Historic Cemetery Listed in Indiana’s Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Installed 2008 Indiana Historical Bureau and . . . Map (db m60473) HM
16 Indiana, Parke County, Montezuma — Oakland Cemetery — Cemetery Heritage —
Oakland Cemetery Established 1862 A Historic Cemetery Listed in Indiana’s Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Installed 2007 Indiana Historical Bureau and . . . Map (db m60472) HM
17 Indiana, Parke County, Montezuma — 61.1966.1 — Wabash & Erie Canal
The Wabash & Erie was the longest canal built in North America, running from Toledo to Evansville. Montezuma was the main port of Parke County. This portion was abandoned about 1865.Map (db m3679) HM
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18 Indiana, Parke County, Nyesville — Birthplace of Mordecai Brown — " Three Finger Brown " —
Front Birthplace of Mordecai Brown Born in this Mining Community of Nyesville, Indiana. The first Indiana player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame His 14 year Major League career Boast the following Records: . . . Map (db m59771) HM
19 Indiana, Parke County, Nyesville — Site Of Shiloh Presbyterian Church
Site of Shiloh Presbyterian Church Organized on Thursday Dec. 17. 1822 First church built in Parke Co. Ind. Map (db m164881) HM
20 Indiana, Parke County, Nyesville — State Sanatorium Covered Bridge
The State Sanatorium Covered Bridge is a single-span Kingpost Truss Burr Arch structure with a span length of 154 feet. It was constructed in 1913 by Joseph A. Britton. The bridge is listed on both the National Register of Historic . . . Map (db m164851) HM
21 Indiana, Parke County, Nyesville — The Batty Mine Location
Front In memory of the heritage of John & Ann (Sneath) Batty ——————————— Immigrants of England 1844 Nyesville — Circa 1866 . . . Map (db m59804) HM
22 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — 1883 Railroad Depot
This 1883 Railroad Depot serves as Parke County's Tourist Information Center. All covered bridge tours begin here. Indiana's Historic Parke County The Covered Bridge CapitalMap (db m3675) HM
23 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — First Church Built in Parke County Indiana
Site of Shiloh Presbyterian Church Organized on Thursday Dec. 17, 1822 First Church Built in Parke Co. Ind.Map (db m59778) HM
24 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Gov. Joseph A. Wright
Gov. Jos. A. Wright 1810 — 1867 Atty. In Rockville 1829 – 1849 Gov. Of Indiana 1949 – 1857 Minister of U.S.A. to Prussia Parke Co. Historical Society Map (db m59830) HM
25 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Honor RollDefenders of Freedom
For God and Country This votive tablet is dedicated to the honor of the men and women of Parke County, Indiana who answered the call of our Country in the Great World Wars, and especially to those who died that you and I might live; and to the . . . Map (db m3802) WM
26 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — 61.2012.1 — Juliet V. Strauss
Popular columnist writing as “The Country Contributor,” Strauss (1863-1918) idealized simple rural life and traditional roles for women in a time of national shifts in class and gender relations. Began writing for hometown newspaper, . . . Map (db m59728) HM
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27 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Korea1950       1953
Dedicated to those who served for God and Country that the eternal verities, upon which this Nation is founded, might live Charles Ray Chaney Hobert Decker Robert Lee Delp Keith Hammon Wilbert R. Harper Robert Dean Hutson . . . Map (db m3804) HM
28 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — 61.1968.3 — Mansfield circa 1820
First named New Dublin. Later called Strain's Mills before being named Mansfield during the 1830s.Map (db m18885) HM
29 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Mecca Bridge1873
Burr Arch construction by J. J. Daniels. 150' in length, crosses Big Raccoon Creek.Map (db m164880) HM
30 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Naming of Rockville
In February, 1824, this site was chosen as the permanent seat of justice for Parke County. Eight men christened the town-to-be in honor of the ancient boulders found here.Map (db m8927) HM
31 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Old 1832 Jail
This building, erected in 1832, replaced an 1824 log structure and served as jail and sheriff’s residence until ca. 1879. A scaffold erected just east of the jail was the scene of the last hanging in Parke County. Map (db m59820) HM
32 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — 61.1975.1 — Parke County Museum
This Museum Building built in 1839 first used as a seminary; an armory during the Civil War, a school for negro children from 1873-1924, later a gas station, a restaurant, and gift shop. Purchased in 1975 by Parke Co. Historical . . . Map (db m3677) HM
33 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Parke County Veterans
Erected in Honor of Parke County VeteransMap (db m58416) WM
34 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Rockville Cemetery — Cemetery Heritage —
Rockville Cemetery established 1824 A Historic Cemetery Listed in Indiana’s Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Installed 2012 Indiana Historical Bureau and . . . Map (db m59850) HM
35 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — 61.2001.1 — Rockville Chautauqua Pavilion
Pavilion was built 1913 by Edgar Jerome (1862–1942) of Rockville. He used wooden bridge building techniques in timber framing which supports entire structure. It was designed to seat 3,000 people under its roof. Repairs made 1976–1978 . . . Map (db m3807) HM
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36 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Two Bells molded into One Bell Reported missing
This Bell was moulded by fusing the Bells of the Old and New School Presbyterian Churches of Rockville after uniting in 1869. The Bell Tower was restored 1950 by memorial gifts to John H. Sherrard, Pastor, 1888 — 1895 . . . Map (db m59805) HM
37 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — Viet-Nam Honor Roll
These men of valor gave up their lives for their Country James Harley Overpeck June 4, 1967 Darrell Wayne Cottrell May 4, 1968Map (db m3770) HM
38 Indiana, Parke County, Rockville — World War Memorial"War Mothers Memorial"
1917          HONOR ROLL          1919 In commemoration of the patriotism of our boys who went forth at the call of their Country to serve in the World War and in memory of those who died that liberty might live. William Owen Isham, . . . Map (db m4784) HM
39 Indiana, Parke County, Roseville — 61.1966.3 — Roseville
The first business in Parke County was a grist mill built near here by Chauncey Rose and associates in 1819. This was the first flatboat landing in the county; territorial court was held here and this was a stop for stagecoaches.Map (db m164853) HM
40 Indiana, Parke County, Wallace — First Church Built in Parke County 1828Wolf Creek Church and Cemetery
Primitive Baptist Faith Served Wolf Creek Community till 1917 when the present Church was dedicatedMap (db m10004) HM
41 Indiana, Parke County, Waveland — 61.1998.1 — Portland Mills Covered Bridge
Built 1856 by Henry Wolfe to Burr arch truss design. Moved here 1961 to replace Dooley Station Bridge. Restored and reopened 1996. Horizontal yellow poplar siding replaced with pine; oak arches; new cedar shingles; concrete abutments. Listed in . . . Map (db m69399) HM
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Jun. 5, 2023