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From Gailbraith's 1897 Railway Mail Service Map

Borden State Bank, which originally
served as the post office in Borden.

County Seat: Jeffersonville
Population (1999): 95,121

Named for George Rogers Clark, Clark County was first settled in 1783 when the state of Virginia rewarded General Clark and his regiment for their service during the American Revolution with a land grant of 150,000 acres on the north bank of the Ohio River. Clarksville, the first American settlement in the Northwest Territory was founded the following year.

Clark County is proud to claim itself as the starting point for the Lewis & Clark expidition; Meriwether Lewis joined Clark at Clarksville in the Summer of 1903.

Oficially organized in 1801, the county's growth was closely linked to the development of the river, until railroad lines into southern Indiana attracted other industries to the area; these new businesses brought further economic growth to Clark County.


From Gailbraith's 1897 Railway Mail Service Map

County Seat: Indianapolis
Population (1999): 810,946

Located in central Indiana, Marion's County Seat, Indianapolis, is also the state capital. The county was named in 1821 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion.

Many sites in Indianapolis are part of my family oral history; some of them are Charles Mayer & Co. (a specialty store, in business between 1840 and 1954), The Circle Theater, Shortridge and Arsenal Technical High Schools, Union Station, Central State Hospital, and Crown Hill Cemetery.

Founded in 1840, Charles Mayer & Co. specialized in sales of jewelry, silver, china, toys and fine furniture. Originally located at 29 W. Wahsington, downtown Indianapolis, the company did business for 114 years, closing in 1954. It was revived in 1993 by a family descendant. The photograph below is of the staff at the storefront; it was taken sometime in the 1890's.

Charles Mayer & Co. circa 1895

Indianapolis is still home to the Circle Theater, one of the first "deluxe movie palaces" in the midwest. It is an excellent example of Neo-Classical Revival style. Located at 45 Monument Circle, in the heart of Indianapolis, is one of the oldest remaining buildings in the city. --Information courtesy Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission

Sunken Gardens at Garfield Park, Indianapolis, Ind.
Post card published by DeWolf News Co., Indianapolis, Ind.

Founded in 1864, Shortridge High School in Indianapolis was the first high school to offer a free education in Indiana. Click here to find out more about Shortridge.--Including list of 1896 Graduates!

At 39 Jackson Place in Indianapolis is Union Station. It is the site of the first Union Station in the United States. The inagural train came into Indianapolis on 1 October 1947, and Indiana quickly became one of the nations rail centers. During it's peak 200 trains a day moved through the station. Built between 1886-1888, the new Union Station building is one of the best examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in the United States. --Information courtesy Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission
Click here to find out more about Railroading in Indiana.

Indianpolis City Market--Coming Soon!


From Gailbraith's 1897 Railway Map

County Seat: Salem
Population (1999): 28,233

Washington County was organized in 1814, two years before Indiana statehood, and is the seventh-largest of Indiana's 92 counties. Named to honor George Washington, - One of the county's most impressive structures is the limestone courthouse which dominates Salem's public square. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1888 from stone quarried at the edge of the city.

Aunt Tillie Stewart's Graveyard, Washington County

A pioneer cemetery located near Salem in Washington County, Indiana, also known as Sodom Cemetery or Stewart Cemetery. Originally part of the farm of Jehu Stewart, the land was officially dedicated to cemetery use in May 1859 when Letilla Dudley Stewart buried her husband, Jehu, on the property. The property had been neglected for a number of years, but is currently undergoing restoration.

Read more about the Stewart Family Restoration Project at
Aunt Tillie Stewart's Graveyard.

Washington County Courthouse, Salem

Along the Jackson Highway, a half-mile north of Salem.

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