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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Terre Haute, Indiana

Clickable Map of Vigo 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> Vigo County, IN (55) Clay County, IN (4) Parke County, IN (41) Sullivan County, IN (8) Vermillion County, IN (15) Clark County, IL (22) Edgar County, IL (17)  VigoCounty(55) Vigo County (55)  ClayCounty(4) Clay County (4)  ParkeCounty(41) Parke County (41)  SullivanCounty(8) Sullivan County (8)  VermillionCounty(15) Vermillion County (15)  ClarkCountyIllinois(22) Clark County (22)  EdgarCounty(17) Edgar County (17)
Terre Haute is the county seat for Vigo County
Terre Haute is in Vigo County
      Vigo County (55)  
      Clay County (4)  
      Parke County (41)  
      Sullivan County (8)  
      Vermillion County (15)  
      Clark County, Illinois (22)  
      Edgar County, Illinois (17)  
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1Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1966.1 — Birthplace of Paul Dresser1859 - 1906
Composer of Indiana State Song, "On the Banks of the Wabash," and other songs popular in the Gay Nineties. His famous brother, Theodore Dreiser, wrote An American Tragedy and other novels.Map (db m8924) HM
2Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1994.1 — Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle
World-famous trademark created in 1915 on this site at Root Glass Company, by Chapman J. Root, T. Clyde Edwards, Earl R. Dean, and Alexander Samuelson. Bottle design selected in national competition.Map (db m8888) HM
3Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Burial Ground Fort William Harrison — Prologue to The War of 1812 —
Dedicated to the memory of the courageous pioneers who so successfully defended Fort Harrison in the activities which served as a Prologue to The War of 1812Map (db m58414) HM
4Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1982.1 — Charles Gene Abrell
This bridge commemorates the memory of Charles Gene Abrell, Corporal, First Marines of the United States First Marine Division, posthumous holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Born August 12, 1931. Died June 10, 1951.Map (db m8922) HM
5Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Charles Luna
1906 - - - - - 1992 President, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen 1963 - 1969 President, United Transportation Union 1969 - 1972 Contributing six decades to the Rail Labor Movement, Charles Luna began working as a Yard . . . Map (db m58537) HM
6Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1966.2 — Chauncey Rose1794 - 1877
Home of early business and civic leader who built his fortune on honesty, frugality and hard work. He used his wealth generously for the care of orphans, medicine for the sick and the education of youth.Map (db m58379) HM
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7Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Civil War Memorial
Lest We ForgetMap (db m58487) HM
8Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Civil War Memorial - Vigo CountyTerre Haute, Indiana — County Courthouse —
( Front (East) Plaque ) In Memory of the Patriotism and Valor of the Soldiers and Sailors of Vigo County in the War of 1861 - - 1865 ( Right (North) Plaque ) “On Fame’s eternal camping ground their silent tents . . . Map (db m19761) WM
9Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Claude L. Herbert
. . . Map (db m19735) HM
10Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Colonel Richard W. Thompson
Colonel Richard W. Thompson June 9, 1809 - - Feb. 9, 1900 Orator - Statesman Partiot - FriendMap (db m19772) HM
11Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Confederate Soldiers Buried in this Cemetery
( Front Plaque ) Erected by The United States to mark the burial place of eleven Confederate Soldiers who, while prisoners of war, died at Terre Haute and were buried in this cemetery, where the individual graves cannot now be . . . Map (db m58596) WM
12Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1988.1 — Crossroads of America
U.S. Highway 40, the old National Road which opened the west for settlement, and U.S. Highway 41, a major north-south route, were designated part of the original federal highway system in 1926. Their intersection in Terre Haute at Wabash Avenue and . . . Map (db m58380) HM
13Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1998.1 — Crossroads of America
U.S. Highway 40, the old National Road which opened the West for settlement, and U.S. Highway 41, a major North-South route, were designated part of the original Federal Highway System in 1926. Their intersection in Terre Haute at Wabash Avenue and . . . Map (db m8925) HM
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14Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Crossroads Plaza
The City of Terre Haute has a rich history, spurred by transportation advancements Terre Haute became the “Crossroads of America“. This plaza commemorates the achievements of the first steamboat on the Wabash in 1823, the National . . . Map (db m58418) HM
15Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Eddie Taylor"Mayor of 7th and Wabash"
. . . Map (db m8926) HM
16Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Fairbanks Hall / Fairbanks Hall Dome Restoration
Fairbanks Hall Originally the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library On February 2, 1903, prominent Terre Haute businessman and philanthropist Crawford Fairbanks, made an offer to build and furnish a new library building to be named in honor . . . Map (db m175911) HM
17Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Fort Harrison1812 - 1912
This stone marks the site, and commemorates the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Heroic Defense, of Fort Harrison by a small body of United States Soldiers, assisted by the settlers against the Indians. September 4, 1812 The . . . Map (db m58391) HM
18Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Ft. Wm. Henry Harrison1811-1822
Built by Gov. Harrison, Oct., 1811, enroute to Tippecanoe to disperse the Indians at Prophet's Town. Capt. Zachary Taylor defended the Fort against a savage Indian attack, Sept., 1812. De-activated in 1822.Map (db m19796) HM
19Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Gold Medal Plaza
Dedicated to these three Garfield High School athletes who took our community to ‘A Level Above’. Terre Haute - parks & recreation Gold Medal Sponsors City of Terre Haute A Friend of Union Hospital First . . . Map (db m58420) HM
20Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 90001790 — Highland Lawn Cemetery1884
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places November 29, 1990, by the United States Department of the Interior in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Naatural Resources Division of historic Preservation.Map (db m58471) HM
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21Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1992.1 — Home of Eugene V. Debs
Debs (1855-1926) was leading pioneer in industrial unionism, social reformer, and peace advocate. Founded American Railway Union, 1893; cofounded American Socialist Part, 1900; and ran five times for United States Presidency. Home built in . . . Map (db m8928) HM
22Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Home Packing Company
On the morning of January 2, 1963, the deadliest workplace accident in the city occurred on this site. A massive explosion occurred when a gas main on First Street leaked natural gas through the soil and into the plant. The Home Packing . . . Map (db m175909) HM
23Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Jerry Wurf
1919 - - - - - 1981 President, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 1964 - 1981 As president of AFSCME, Jerry Wurf was responsible for the union’s growth from 240,000 to one million . . . Map (db m58579) HM
24Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Joseph A. Beirne
1911 - - - - - 1974 President Communications Workers of America 1938 - 1974 Joseph Beirne helped found the CWA in 1938, and served as President until 1974, helping develop CWA into the largest communications union in the . . . Map (db m58536) HM
25Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Korean War Memorial - - Vigo County Indiana
(Front ) Korean War Killed in Action from Vigo County ( Obverse ) Charles G. Abrell • Herbert D. Akers • William Bellinger • Joseph A. Bray • Norwood C. Cooper • John H. Cowger • William Cunningham • Charles E. Drake • . . . Map (db m19794) WM
26Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Lost CreekAME — The Underground Railroad —
Lost Creek AME Church 1840 African Methodist Episcopal Church Historic Site The Underground Railroad Lost Creek, Indiana, prior to the Civil War was a junction of an important line of the Underground Railroad. Slaves fleeing from North . . . Map (db m175916) HM
27Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.2001.1 — Markle Mill Site
Abraham Markle (1770-1826) had gristmill and dam built here 1817. Mill had an early horizontal water wheel in a splatter box located within the stone foundation of the structure. Wooden part of mill destroyed by fire 1938. Markle was one of founders . . . Map (db m19803) HM
28Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Medal of Honor RecipientMarine Corporal Charles G. Abrell
. . . Map (db m19764) WM
29Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Michael J. Quill
1905 - - - - - 1966 Co-Founder and First International President of Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (1934–1966) 1934 - - - Elected President of Transport Workers. Organizing Subway, Bus and other Transit . . . Map (db m58581) HM
30Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown / Baseball Career Highlights
Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown “Brownie,” “Miner,” “Three Finger” Born: Oct. 19, 1876, Nyesville, Parke County, Indiana Died: Feb. 14, 1948, Terra Haute, Vigo County, Indiana Inducted: National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1949 . . . Map (db m175912) HM
31Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Mother Jones1830 - 1930
Field Organizer, United Mine Workers of America “The most dangerous woman in America” A teacher and seamstress, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones began her crusade for workers’ rights with the Knights of Labor in the 1870's. . . . Map (db m58469) HM
32Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Operation Iraqi Freedom - War MemorialVigo County Indiana
( Front ) Operation Iraqi Freedom Killed In Action From Vigo County ( Obverse ) Kyle W. ChildressMap (db m19904) WM
33Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Patrick E. Gorman
1892 - - - - - 1980 International President, 1923 – 1942 International Secretary-Treasurer, 1942 – 1976 Chairman of the Board, 1976 – 1979 Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen of North America . . . Map (db m58585) HM
34Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Patrick J. Quinlan
1849 - - - - - 1893 President United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada 1889 - 1892 A plumber born in Boston, Massachusetts, Patrick J. . . . Map (db m58540) HM
35Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Peter J. McGuire — Father of Labor Day —
1852 – 1906 Founder and General Secretary United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America 1881 – 1901 Father of Labor Day Peter J. McGuire was founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters . . . Map (db m58495) HM
36Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Philip Murray
1886 - - - - - 1952 President United Steelworkers of America 1936 - 1952 Congress of Industrial Organization 1940 - 1952 Philip Murray went into the coal mines as a boy of 16. By 1916 he had risen through the ranks of . . . Map (db m58560) HM
37Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Rose-Hulman Polytechnic Institute
The land for this campus comprising one hundred and twenty three acres was given to Rose Polytechnic Institute by Anton and Herman Hulman 1917Map (db m175924) HM
38Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Samuel Gompers
1850 - - - - - 1924 Born in London, Jan. 27, 1850. Apprentice Shoemaker, 1860. U. S. Immigrant and member Cigarmakers Local 144, New York City, 1863. President, Local 144, 1876. Leader in convening Federation of Trades and Labor Unions, . . . Map (db m58468) HM
39Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Sidney Hillman
1887 - - - - - 1946 President Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America 1914 – 1946 Chairman Textile Workers Organizing Committee 1937 – 1939 Sidney Hillman was a labor giant. He provided leadership for . . . Map (db m58586) HM
40Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Terre Haute
Side A Without doubt the ˝ mile dirt track located within the Vigo County Fairgrounds, is one of the most acclaimed race tracks in the nation. Some of the world’s best drivers have competed on the famed oval, including A.J. Foyt, Mario . . . Map (db m175967) HM
41Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — The Unknown Embattled Defenders of Fort Harrison
Here unknown but not forgotten lie the Embattled Defenders of Fort Harrison September 3, - 5, 1812Map (db m58415) HM
42Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Twelve Points
The community was named for the twelve corners created by the intersection of Lafayette, Maple and 13th Street. Twelve Points was begun in 1889 when Walter Phillips had his land surveyed and the business district laid out. At that time the area . . . Map (db m58417) HM
43Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.1992.2 — Union Hospital
In 1892, near this site, Union Hospital was founded by Leo J. Weinstein, M.D., and Benjamin F. Swafford, M.D., with the support of local citizens. This hospital established Terre Haute's first School of Nursing in 1900.Map (db m58385) HM
44Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Veterans of All Wars
Tower of Memories Dedicated to United States Veterans of All Wars and to the memory of their Heroic Dead A. D. 1933Map (db m58499) WM
45Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Vietnam Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m58580) HM
46Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Vietnam War Memorial - - Vigo County Indiana
( Front ) For the Veterans of Vietnam For the M.I.A.s For you fallen comrades For those who came home For your Heroic efforts abroad For your Greater efforts at home With belated acknowledgment of your duties . . . Map (db m19799) WM
47Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Wabash and Erie Canal
This marker denotes the site of one of the canal’s dry dock areas as depicted on 1854 City of Terra Haute map. Dry dock areas along the canal were used to construct and/or repair canal barges and boats. Constructed mostly of wood . . . Map (db m175901) HM
48Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — Walter Philip Reuther
1907 - - - - - 1970 “- - - - Whose memory is enshrined in the hearts of all of us.” Born at Wheeling, W. Va. Sept. 1, 1907, the son of Valentine and Anna Reuther. One of four brothers, the oldest Theodore and two younger . . . Map (db m58538) HM
49Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — 84.2004.1 — Wea Tribe at Terre Haute
Side One This bountiful area on the Wabash River was occupied early by American Indians. French and later Americans recognized this strategic area called terre haute (high land). At least one Wea village was present in area by late 1700s. Wea . . . Map (db m58387) HM
50Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — William D. "Big Bill" Haywood
1869 - - - - - 1928 Co-Founder and General Secretary-Treasurer, International Workers of the World, 1905-1921 Secretary-Treasurer, Western Federation of Miners, 1901-1906 Haywood’s visionary leadership as . . . Map (db m58488) HM
51Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — William H. Sylvis
1828 - - - - - 1869 Born - Armagh, Pa. November 26, 1828 Died - Philadelphia, Pa. July 27, 1869 America’s First National Labor Leader. Founder, National Union of Iron Moulders, July 5, 1859 Founder, . . . Map (db m58496) HM
52Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — World War I War MemorialVigo County Indiana
( Front ) World War I Killed in Action from Vigo County ( Obverse ) Benjamin L. Acree • Earl R. Bailey • Edward Barron • Alva R. Barton • Carl E. Bell • Earl A. Bright • Fred L. Brooks • Anselin G. Brophy • Cyrus E. . . . Map (db m19791) WM
53Indiana (Vigo County), Terre Haute — World War II War MemorialVigo County Indiana
( Front )W. W. II Killed in Action from Vigo County ( Obverse ) ( Row One ) Lawrence Aaren • Ray E. Adams • William H. Altekruse • Charles V. Anderson • Warren C. Anderson • Wayne W. Anderson • Adolph P. Antoine • William R. . . . Map (db m19828) WM
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