Starke County- Knox (1897-)

The Starke County Courthouse in rural Knox has a tantalizing pedigree. Its architects, John F. Wing and Marshall Mahurin of Fort Wayne were responsible for a ton of landmarks around Indiana, including the Hancock and Monroe county courthouses along with the replacement tower of the Adams County courthouse. They also did city halls in Fort […]

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Lake County- Hammond (1972-)

Most counties in Indiana are quite content with one courthouse. Not Lake County! The county closest to Chicago -Indiana’s second largest by size and population density- has a whopping four. Most county courts and offices are held within a sprawling complex northeast of Crown Point that replaced that town’s historic 1878 courthouse, which we’ve talked […]

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Fulton County- Rochester (1896-)

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest! Until the good is the better and the better is the best!” That sing-song quotation, hilariously misattributed to St. Jerome who was born in the year 347 before contractions existed, has actually been around only since 1897. It appears to have been well-known at the time based on […]

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Hancock County- Greenfield (1897-)

I can’t stomach them, but the works of beloved poet James Whitcomb Riley -the folksy Hoosier who wrote “Little Orphan Annie,” “The Raggedy Man,” and “When the Frost is on the Punkin”- are considered by many to be timeless classics. Unfortunately, despite or because of the thousand or so poems he penned during his lifetime, […]

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Pulaski County- Winamac (1895-)

A version of this post first appeared here a year ago, on February 4, 2019.  It’s been forty years since a historic courthouse has been demolished in Indiana, and for good reason! It’s pretty evident to me that Hoosiers have garnered a newfound appreciation for historic courthouses across the state. I actually started this project […]

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Wells County- Bluffton (1891-)

Wells County has a great courthouse in Bluffton, one that I’m more familiar with than most since I frequently drive past it on my way to Fort Wayne. I can’t believe I haven’t written about it yet! From 1957 to 1979, eight Indiana courthouses were torn down and replaced with modern structures- that means that […]

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LaPorte County- LaPorte (1894-)

People have a tendency to assign human traits and characteristics to animals and inanimate objects. Installing eyelashes on the headlights of a new Beetle or angry eyes on a Jeep is a perfect example of this behavior, known as anthropomorphizing. Sometimes it’s a fun, harmless activity. Other times, not so much- no matter how cute […]

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Rush County- Rushville (1896-)

When we last spoke, I mentioned the project I’d spent the first week of June helping my mom with as part of a teacher creativity Lilly Endowment grant. From an 1820s log cabin in Richmond (albeit one with a pool, jacuzzi, and good enough WIFI to watch the NBA finals), we researched the places, names, […]

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