Joseph E. Meyer

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Joseph Ernest Meyer
Born (1878-09-05)September 5, 1878
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died March 9, 1950
Miami, Florida
Residence Meyer's Castle in Dyer
Citizenship United States
Nationality American
Fields Herbology, botany
Known for Indiana Botanic Gardens founder

Joseph Ernest Meyer (September 5, 1878 – March 9, 1950) was a prominent citizen, botanist and millionaire from the Northwest Indiana community. He was the founder of the Indiana Botanic Gardens, Bank Calumet and Meyer Publishing.[1] He constructed the Meyer's Castle in today's Dyer as his residence where he lived until his death in 1950.[2] He also constructed a mansion located along the north side of the Little Calumet River in Hammond, Indiana to house the Indiana Botanic Gardens. This mansion housed the Indiana Botanic Gardens until 1990 when the company moved to a newer facility in Hobart, Indiana. The mansion still stands today and is used by Hluska Enterprises Inc. During the summer, it is a retail fireworks outlet and in the fall it is the site of Reaper's Realm Haunted House. Meyer died in Miami, Florida on March 9, 1950.[3]


  • The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, IN: Indiana Herb Gardens, 1918.
  • The Old Herb Doctor. Glenwood, IL: Meyerbooks, 1984.
  • Nature's Remedies: Early History and Uses of Botanic Drugs as Revealed in the Legends and Anecdotes of Ancient Times. Hammond, IN: Indiana Botanic Gardens, 1934.


  1. ^ "TRIBUTE TO JOSEPH MEYER". CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—Extensions of Remarks. March 4, 1998. Retrieved 2009-03-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Meyers Castle". Castles of the United States. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Banker-Botanist Dies". The Terre Haute Star. March 10, 1950. p. 7. Retrieved February 11, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read