Granville, Indiana

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The historical marker near Granville.

Granville is a former town in Wayne Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. In an area long inhabited by the Wea Native Americans, in 1834 the European Americans Thomas W. Treckett and Thomas Concannon founded the town on the south side of the Wabash and Erie Canal, just south of the Wabash River. They platted the town to contain 153 lots, a public square and several streets, with such names as Lafayette, Cherry, Wabash and Washington. This plat is still in effect, with the lots and streets still visible in the county's GIS [1].

In 1850 the town's name was changed to Weaton, after the local Wea Indians (some maps incorrectly labeled it as "Wheaton"). They had been mostly removed west of the Mississippi River by treaties with the United States government. Later the name was changed back to Granville. The town flourished as a shipping center on the canal until the mid-1850s, when railroad competition drew off much of the business. With the decline of canal traffic, the town's economy also declined sharply. By 1878 Granville had virtually ceased to exist.

The cemetery east of the town and the nearby bridge across the Wabash River still bear the name of Granville.

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Granville is located at 40°24′25″ N, 87°01′53″ W (40.406944, -87.031389) in Wayne Township, and has an elevation of approximately 550 feet.

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