Early days in Vigo County, IN, are recalled in this new 47-page booklet, comprised of excerpts from several rare writings, including: An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana: Being a full and authentic Civil and Political History of the State from its First Exploration down to 1875. (There's 51 more words to the sub-title, but you'll have to buy the booklet to see the rest!) The original book was written by DeWitt C. Goodrich and Charles R. Tuttle and published by Richard S. Peale and Company of Indianapolis in 1875. This booklet includes only that portion of history and biographies pertaining to Vigo County. Other excerpts are from Indiana, a Guide to the Hoosier State, a WPA publication from the late 1930s, and Historic and Educational Information About Vigo County and Terre Haute, Indiana, published in 1926. The spiral bound booklet is 8 1/2 x 11" and is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Among the subjects from the 1875 book are: Fort Harrison following the War of 1812; Early settlers at the fort; Early residents of Terre Haute, a Drought that resulted in many deaths; Organization of the county and the city; Condition of the city in 1875; and the State Normal School. Individual Biographies which often shed light on the area and times as well as providing specific genealogical data, are included for: Col. Francis Vigo, Zenas Smith, Judge Thomas B. Long, David S. Sanaldson, Richard Thompson, and Thomas Dowling. The WPA excerpt includes a special section on Terre Houte. Besides a brief history of the city, it includes a small city map with 18 points of interest; and mentions a number of other places, including Seelyville, Bowling Green, Riley, New Goshen, Shirkieville, Turkey Run State Park, Rockville, North Terre Haute, and Fairbanks. Another excerpt from this book discusses writers from Vigo County, including Theodore Dreiser and James Whitcomb Riley. A poem of Riley's called "Regardin' Terry Hut" is included. The 1926 history was in honor of a visit from the George Rogers Clark Sesqui-Centennial Commissions visit. It includes bios of Clark, Presidents Zachary Taylor and William Henry Harrison, the Rev. Father Peter Gibault, Col. Francis Vigo and Chauncey Rose. Maps of early Indiana, and an 1816 plat map of Terry Haute are included, along with information on Fort Harrison Markle's Mill, the Indiana State Normal School, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Rose Polytechnic Institute.
Vigo County, IN
Sources: History of Vigo County Indiana
Authors: Goodrich and Tuttle
Original Publication Year: 1875
Original Publisher: Richard S. Peale and Co.
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