Seneca County, Ohio- Tiffin (2017-)

I took an online rhetoric class at a community college last year that involved writing a persuasive paper. I focused on the value that historic courthouses provide their communities and how they tend to serve as commercial anchors to their downtowns. Any courthouse does that, but old ones demonstrated that courthouses with history contributed far […]

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DeKalb County- Auburn (1914-)

My favorite courthouses I saw as a kid were Allen County’s in Fort Wayne, the Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville, Goshen’s Elkhart County Courthouse, and Hartford City’s in Blackford County. A lot of them were ones I saw on biweekly trips to visit my dad. One thing that they all had in common was a […]

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Johnson County- Franklin (1881-)

Hoosier fourth-graders study Indiana history. While most of it’s concentrated around the state’s founding, my recollections from 2002 culminated in my textbook’s quick mention of some of the notable people our state has produced. Cole Porter was one, born in Peru. The artist Robert Indiana was another; a New Castle resident born Robert Clark in […]

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Orange County- Paoli (1850-)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d taken a wrong turn at French Lick and wound up in the antebellum south the first time you arrive in Paoli. Just look at the courthouse there, standing proudly amidst an expansive green in the middle of the town’s Lancaster square, where cars go around the building like […]

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Knox County- Vincennes (1876-)

Vincennes is old- it’s 1732-French-fur-traders old1! Only four years later, its founder, Francoius Marie Bissot, Sier de Vincennes, was captured during in the French war against the Chickasaw nation and burned at the stake near Fulton, Mississippi. His trading post on the Wabash was renamed to honor him2. In 1763, Vincennes -as part of New France- […]

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Floyd County- New Albany (1961-)

I hate to bear bad news, but this just in, America- we’re over-retailed! Indiana’s first enclosed shopping mall, in Anderson, closed two years ago; Marion’s moribund Five Points Mall finally shut down aside from its three stores with outside entrances, the Muncie Mall lost three of its four anchors and Dick’s is leaving Washington Scare […]

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Owen County- Spencer (1911-)

We’ve discussed the trickery, manipulation, and outright violence that the pioneer residents of many of Indiana’s early towns participated in to win their communities the title of county seat. We’ve also talked about how those first counties were divided up into smaller areas -and more counties- as the Indiana Territory progressed towards statehood. Often, changing […]

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