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Crawfordsville District Public Library
Library medallion 205 S. Washington Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
765-362-2242, 765-362-7986 (fax)
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Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana

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Montgomery County history is long and rich, but much remains uncelebrated. Until now. Shine a light on the fascinating but previously unexplored aspects of our county's history. Meet forgotten artists, authors, and athletes. Revisit courtroom drama and sensational crimes, like the attempted robbery of Waveland State Bank that was thwarted by vigilantes. Peruse A.D. Willis's spirit photography gallery on Crawfordsville's Main Street before studying the oddities at Commodore Alfred Lookabill's Gourd Museum. Look agog as Lana Turner stops by for the week and risk admonishment—or worse—from agressive temperance champion Carrie Nation at the July 4 festival in 1901. And while you're here, gain some trivia: did you know that the highest-altitude balloon flight and the first airmail are connected to Montgomery County? Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana is a compilation of fantastic tales of the famous and infamous people and events that have shaped our community.

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Images of America: Crawfordsville

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Crawfordsville, founded in the early 1820s, has a diverse history for a small town located in rural, west-central Indiana. The town was the site of an important land office, which attracted many settlers, as well as speculators, to the area. Crawfordsville became known for its intellectual and progressive atmosphere and earned the nickname of the "Athens of Indiana," especially for the numerous residents with literary accomplishments. Wabash College was established in Crawfordsville in 1832, and the institution's teachers and students have contributed greatly to the development of the town's culture and prestige. In addition to its authors and poets, Crawfordsville has had its share of musicians, artists, soldiers, and statesmen who have played a role far beyond the borders of Montgomery County, of which Crawfordsville is the seat. Images of America: Crawfordsville is a photographic tour of the people and places that have marked this town from its early days.

Some 200 historical images capture the town's development, along with its interesting, and often unique, accomplishments.

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