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Discover the vibrant history of Elwood, Indiana, endearingly termed "the Heart of Hoosierland." Elwood is a resourceful town and a vibrant example of Midwestern values.

In 1852, Elwood, Indiana, was a tiny settlement located in Pipe Creek Township of Madison County. Its residents sustained their meager lifestyle as farmers, lumberers, and merchants, but the nation's westward migration was on its way, bringing railroads, people, opportunities, and growth. Nothing bolstered the city's expansion like the 1886 discovery of a seemingly endless reserve of natural gas throughout East Central Indiana. The cheap and plentiful fuel ushered in a new industrial-based economy that prospered greatly. Unfortunately, the gas supply was not infinite, and by the early 1900s, many towns, such as Elwood, were struggling to survive. Elwood, however, reinvented itself and bloomed again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467103404
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,067,103
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Author Marcy Fry is executive director of the Elwood Chamber of Commerce. Her coauthor, Janis Thornton, also wrote Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 Founding and Early Years 11

2 Business and Industry 17

3 Elwood's People 45

4 Events and Celebrations 59

5 Disasters 71

6 Schools and Churches 77

7 Community 93

8 Hometown Heroes 105

9 The Hope of Our Country 111

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