Boone County, founded on April Fools' Day in 1830, is situated in the center of the state, abutting Indiana's capital, Indianapolis. The first settlers found swampy land overgrown with ancient hardwoods, riddled with rattlesnakes, and teeming with wetland creaturesmost famously, frogs. Although life was challenging for the area's first settlers, most persevered. Many chided that Boone was not fit to be included as a part of the fledgling state of Indiana. They dubbed the newly platted area as the "State of Boone" to set it aside from the superior farmland and living conditions found elsewhere in Indiana. Boone County's first census counted 621 persons in 1830. Today, many of the original surnames remain prevalent among a population that exceeds 60,000 residents.
About the Author
Born in Boone County, Kassie Ritman grew up on her grandfather's farm. Ritman later moved to Indianapolis, but her reverence for her childhood home is evident. Many of the photographs presented in this work were generously shared by the Ralph W. Stark Heritage Center Collection of the Lebanon Public Library, the Thorntown Heritage Museum, and the Heritage History Vault at the Jamestown Tri-Area Library. For each repository's eager assistance and for the lifelong skills learned participating in 4-H, Ritman remains grateful for her ties in the community.
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Learned a lot about my community. Great photos. Loved it!
Author Kassie Ritman captures Boone County, Indiana’s rich history in 120 pages packed with rare photos – many dating back to the 1800s – and descriptions sprinkled with humor. This book is a must-have for every Hoosier as well as history buffs across the country. A well-timed publication as Indiana celebrates its 200th statehood anniversary this year!