Timeline of Warren County, Indiana history

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This article is a timeline of Warren County, Indiana history.

19th century[edit]

1800s[edit]

  • c.1802 – Zachariah Cicott arrives to trade with local Indian tribes. Cicott is considered the first European to enter the area that will become Warren County.

1810s[edit]

1820s[edit]

  • 1827 March 1 – Warren County established by the Indiana General Assembly.
  • 1827 November 6 – The county is divided into four townships: Mound, Pike, Warren, and Medina.
  • 1828 March – Warrenton selected as the Warren County seat.
  • 1828 July 8 – Warrenton platted by Luther Tillotson.
  • 1828 December 11 – Williamsport platted by William Harrison and Perrin Kent.
  • 1829 – Baltimore established along the Wabash River.
  • 1829 June – Williamsport becomes the county seat.
  • 1829 September 28 – Williamsport post office established.

1830s[edit]

  • 1830 March – Washington Township formed.
  • 1830 July 14 – Failed town of Point Pleasant platted by John H. Bartlett.
  • 1830 September – West Lebanon platted by Ebenezer Purviance, John G. Jemison and Andrew Fleming.
  • 1831 November – First Warren County jail completed.
  • 1832 March 5 – Brothers William B. Bailey and Horatio Bailey plat the town of Milford (later known as Green Hill).
  • 1832 October 5 – Independence platted by Zachariah Cicott.
  • 1832 December 26 – West Lebanon post office established.
  • 1833 April 16 – Rainsville platted by Isaac Rains.
  • 1834 March – Steuben Township formed.
  • 1834 March 24 – Independence post office established.
  • 1834 June – First purpose-built courthouse completed.
  • 1836 February 5 – Rainsville post office established.
  • 1837 December 2 – Poolesville post office established at Milford (Green Hill).
  • 1838 September 14 – The Potawatomi Trail of Death camps near Williamsport.
  • 1838 September 15 – The Potawatomi Trail of Death camps in what later became Kent Township.

1840s[edit]

  • 1848 – Adams Township formed.
  • 1849 Fall – New Warren County jail completed.

1850s[edit]

1860s[edit]

1870s[edit]

  • 1872 June – Pumpkin Vine Railroad construction begins.
  • 1872 December – Second courthouse completed.
  • 1873 July – Pumpkin Vine Railroad construction completed.
  • 1874 July 8 – Johnsonville platted by John R. Johnson, Senior.
  • 1875 December 2 – Johnsonville post office established.
  • 1879 – James Frank Hanly, later the Governor of Indiana, moves to Williamsport at age 16.
  • 1879 – Portion of Pumpkin Vine Railroad north of Covington is closed.

1880s[edit]

  • 1880 – Warren County portion of Pumpkin Vine Railroad is taken up.
  • 1881 July 31 – Hedrick platted by Parmenas G. Smith and G. W. Compton.
  • 1884 March 3 – Winthrop platted by Jacob Morgan Rhode.
  • 1885 February 2 – Kickapoo platted by Lewis Davisson.[1]
  • 1885 November 5 – Cameron Springs post office established.
  • 1886 – The county's third courthouse is constructed.[2]
  • 1889 June 12 – Cameron Springs renamed to Indiana Mineral Springs.
  • 1889 – James Frank Hanly is admitted to the bar and joins a law office in Williamsport.

1890s[edit]

  • 1890 December 25 – Hotel at the Indiana Mineral Springs (later called Hotel Mudlavia) is opened by H. L. Kramer.

20th century[edit]

1900s[edit]

  • 1900 September – State Line's grain elevator burns.
  • 1901 March 23 – Indiana Mineral Springs (formerly Cameron Springs) renamed to Kramer.
  • 1902 September – Pence established by Frank R. Pence.
  • 1903 February 9 – Judyville platted by John F. Judy.
  • 1903 October 12 – Pence post office established.
  • 1903 October 1 – Judyville post office established.
  • 1904 September 15 – Rainsville post office closes.
  • 1905 January 9 – Williamsport resident Frank Hanly begins his four-year term as state governor.
  • 1905 November 25 – Tab platted by Harrison "Tab" Goodwine.
  • 1907 January 20 – The county's third courthouse building burns.[2]
  • 1907 April 8 – Tab post office established.
  • 1907 August 31 – Johnsonville post office closes.
  • 1907 October – Construction begins on the fourth (and current) courthouse.[2]

1910s[edit]

  • 1912 – Vernon Burge becomes the first American enlisted man to be certified as a pilot.[3]
  • 1914 June 18 – Sloan post office established.
  • 1916 – West Lebanon's Carnegie library opens.
  • 1917 – Williamsport's Carnegie library opens.

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

  • 1932 December – State Line's grain elevator burns.

1940s[edit]

  • 1941 November 29 – Sloan post office closes.
  • 1945 – The Chicago, Attica and Southern Railroad is scrapped.

1950s[edit]

  • 1950 January 31 – Independence post office closes.
  • 1955 April 30 – Tab post office closes.
  • 1957 April 5 – Pence post office closes.
  • 1959 – Classes begin at the newly constructed Seeger Memorial Junior-Senior High School north of West Lebanon, replacing several other older high schools in the county.

1960s[edit]

  • 1961 January 6 – Judyville post office closes.
  • 1964 September 19 – Wabash Cannonball passenger train collides with a truck at a Johnsonville crossing and derails.

1970s[edit]

  • 1973 Fall – Seeger High School adopts the Patriot as its mascot, replacing the Indian.
  • 1978 January – The Great Blizzard of 1978 hits Warren County and closes schools for seventeen days.

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

21st century[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

  • 2011 January 26 – Fire destroys a row of buildings in West Lebanon, along the west side of High Street between First and North streets.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clifton, Thomas A. (ed.) (1913). Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties, Indiana. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Co. 
  2. ^ a b c Counts, Will; Jon Dilts (1991). The 92 Magnificent Indiana Courthouses. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. pp. 178, 179. ISBN 978-0-253-33638-5. 
  3. ^ "Cpl. Vernon L. Burge". National Museum of the US Air Force. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Astronaut Bio: Donald E. Williams". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Fire destroys Williamsport public library". WTHR Television. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Fire ravages West Lebanon business district". Journal and Courier. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Weddle, Eric (27 January 2011). "Wood stove cited as cause in West Lebanon fire". Journal and Courier. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • A History of Warren County, Indiana. Williamsport, Indiana: Warren County Historical Society. 1966. 
  • A History of Warren County, Indiana (175th Anniversary Edition). Williamsport, Indiana: Warren County Historical Society. 2002. 
  • Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana. Chicago: F. A. Battey and Company. 1883.