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Business and Industry Gallery

The Crawfordsville District Public Library Local History archives have numerous documents and images related to our past heritage in our Local History image database.

View some local busness and industry!

Grab-It Here, 1937, with: Leonard Shelton, Fred Whittington, Howard Abney, Mr. Mrs. Earl Keller. See more grocery store historic images.

Mid-States Wire, aerial view. See more Mid-States historic images.

The building that housed the Crawfordsville Fruit Company in Crawfordsville is pictured. The building was located on North Washington Street in Crawfordsville


Line Crew — Peck Lyons, Line Superintendent for Crawfordsville Electric Light and Power, with his line crew In the alley between Market and Main Streets and Green and Water streets. CEL&P was the first municipal power plant in Indiana, opening in the 1890s.” The crew is pictured on a small platform (the platform was built to hold the transformers) above the street. See more CEL&P historic images.

This 8-page booklet (.pdf) details the history of Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) during the first 50 years of its existence. The booklet was printed in 1940. Read the schedule of rates and a report of the operations!

This picture shows businesses on Washington Street in Crawfordsville. Some of the businesses include: B. F. Goodrich, Sherwin-Williams Paints, Western Auto Associate Store, Commerce Building, Layne’s Studio, and 223 I. O. O. F. 22 (Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge).

Crawford Hotel Lobby

The main lobby of the Crawford Hotel. The hotel was located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Main Street and Green Street in Crawfordsville. The building was demolished in the 1970s. At the time, Al Grisell was the day clerk at the hotel, so he is most likely the man behind the counter. The calendar on the back wall says, “Monday, July 9th.” That day fell on a Monday in 1905 and 1912, so this photograph was taken in one of those years. See more Crawford Hotel historic images.

The Ransdell and Rogers Barber Shop. The building to the right of the barber shop is the J. B. Wilhite Cigar Store. These buildings were located on South Green Street (next to Elston Bank).