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CITY STREETS OF CRAWFORDSVILLE, INDIANA
CRAWFORDSVILLE STREET NAMES -- note, the majority of the information for these streets are from three articles by Emmy Peebles in the 1982 & 1985 Montgomery Magazines. Emmy did a great deal of research on the streets of C'ville. I've added some of my own and some intellectural guesses :)
Allen Street --
Anderson Street --
Ann Street --
Ardmore Ave --
Athens Street --
Barr Street --
Beach Street --
Beech Street -
Ben Hur Drive --
Berry Street --
Big 4 Arch Road --
Binford Street -- this street could be named for several Binfords of the area. Possibly Revolutionary War Soldier, Peter Binford, or his son Peter who was a large land owner (had several original land grants) in Union Township; perhaps his grandson, Samuel Binford, the first, Vice President of the Crawfordsville National Bank or any number of other Binfords from the area.
Black Creek Valley Road --
Blair Street -- there have been two Blair streets throughout the history of Crawfordsville. An east-west street where Cherry Street currently is was one location and existed about 1867. A north-south one is on a drawing of the city in 1871, a block west of Simpson Street as a short little street about where Bluff Street is. By 1878, the streets blend. One part of Blair was called "Mayfield," the pen name of local poet Daniel W. Starnes, running between Market and Lane. Bluff Street -- Boyland -- possibly named for a local family as there were several Boylands; however, none particularly stand out from my research
Boulevard -- see South Boulevard
Brenda Lane --
Broadway Street --
Burning Tree Road --
Cadillac Drive --
California Street -- one of the several state-named streets
Canby Avenue -- 99% assuredly named for Israel Thompson Canby who was born in Prince George County, Maryland in 1785 and died in Crawfordsville 11 April 1848. His talents were many, including being a physician, U.S. Senator;early US Land Patent officer; and founder of the Crawfordsville Female Academy (1840) He was also a large land buyer. 1% the Avenue could be named for his son, General Edward Richard Spriggs Canby, a Wabash College who was murdered by the Modoc Indians in California during a peaceful negotiation.
Center Drive --
Center Lane --
Centralia Street --
Chandler Lane --
Chapel Avenue --
Cherry Street --
Chestnut Street -- has been a street since at least 1881. Goes behind Tuttle Middle School
College Street -- platted 1835 - named of course for Wabash College the street passed Court Street - running north to south off of Chestnut Street. Appears on 1864 map
Country Club Road -- obviously, this is the road leading out to the Country Club -- it is at the West end of College about where RR Donnelley's plant area ends and leads out to State Road 32.
Delaware Street -- a short street south of Fremont near Cloverdale Apartments
Elm Street -- platted in 1849
Elmore Street -- named for either James B. Elmore from Alamo, a considerably popular poet of the late 1800s He wrote the Monon Wreck, a poem about a train disaster and had a column in the early newspapers. Another possibility for the name which I find more likely is for Charles W. Elmore, mayor of Crawfordsville from 1898-1902. Either is possible. Elmore according to Emmy Peebles' wonderful articles, "Streets" in the 1982 and 1985 Montgomery Magazine, is the most "elastic" of all the streets, having changed over and over again.
Federal Street - a tiny, east-west alley that runs north of the courthouse -- existed in 1852 or earlier.
Franklin Street -- platted in 1836
Fremont Street -- now Boyland Street appeared as early as 1864 on the city map but not platted until 1869.
Gibson Street - at least in the 1890s, later became Russell Avenue
Grant Avenue -- a short street that goes from Highway 47 through to E. Market Street, assumedly named for President Ulysseus S.
Green Street -- one of the original streets of town dating back to 1823
Gronert Lane -- named for Wabash College historian, Theodore (Ted) Gronert. Ted taught history at Wabash College from 1924-1956. He was born in Wisconsin 28 July 1986 and died in Culver Hospital, Crawfordsville, Indiana. A WWI veteran, he was an expert in American History and an authority in Russian History. At one time, Ted played semi-pro baseball, and coached basketball and tennis. He co-authored Wabash College: the First 100 Years and was the author/ compiler of Sugar Creek Saga, one of the best-known Montgomery County histoires. This short little street was a part of Elmore and Indiana.
Harrison Street --
Harry Freedman Place -- see Mills Place
Hudson Street -- this street (fictional but it should be one :) is named for Shannon Hudson, Tuttle Middle School teacher who, although an implant to the community, has made our history LIVE for children !
Hughes Street - a short street that is in front of Hoover School
Indiana Avenue -- a small street in the early 1900s through about 1970 that is now Gronert Avenue
James Drive -- off of Country Club Road - a street leading into a small subdivision on the East side - my husband & I laugh saying it's named for him :) James :)
Jefferson Street -- platted in 1835, assumedly named for Thomas Jefferson.
Jennison Street -- see Jerry Turner's notification of building of the street in July 1882 - named for Ozro P. Jennison, an engineer and very early settler of the town who helped design (and inspect) many streets and bridges of our area. See the notification by clicking on Jennison Street and thanks muches JT - he's always finding me the coolest stuff :). Jerry tells me that OPJ built the Lafayette-Greencastle Road or as we know it, US 231.
Lafayette Road - from Market Street north leading to Lafayette, of course
Lane Avenue -- obviously named for Henry S. Lane
Lynn Street -- platted before 1849
Main Street -- as early as July 1837, there was a house for sale on Main Street.
Market Street - the northern of the main east and west streets and remains so today.
Mills Place -- this was renamed Harry Freedman Place in 1971.
North Street -- platted in 1823 by Major Ambrose Whitlock, this was Crawfordsville's north end - the northern most part of the town
Perry Street -- platted before 1849 - see also Jennison Street
Perrysville Road -- platted about 1845
Plum Street -- platted in 1858
Porter Street -- platted in 1856
Rail Road -- or -- Railroad Street -- platted in 1856 - was south of and parallel to Scott & Taylor and disppeared from city directories between 1908- 1914
Ray Street -- one of the short streets near Hoover Elementary School
Remley, Walter -- see Walter Remley Drive
Scott Street --
Sheridan -- appears first in the 1917-1919 city director and "runs from Wabash Avenue south to Tuttle Avenue, sixth east of Washington."
Sloan -- named for John Jay Sloan, early physician of Crawfordsville. He married Mary Frances Ristine, daughter of Major Henry Ristine, who owned the first tavern and hotel in the city. They are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery (1811-1883). Located behind the Sommer Metalcraft buildings off of Wabash west side of Canby.
South Boulevard -- street that connects Danville Avenue to Washington Street. The Boulevard Mall (which is still there but not as the mall we 50ish folks know) is right off South Boulevard.
South Street -- this street was the southern most part of Crawfordsville in 1823 when Ambrose Whitlock platted the city
Spring Street --
Taylor Street - platted 1856 is now a part of Chestnut Street
This Way -- I know, I know, an unsual name this is the main street in a new addition off of Oak Hill Road and State Rd 55
Tuttle Avenue -- near Tuttle Middle School (also named for Tuttle) shows up about 1917 in city directories. Named for Wabash College president, Joseph Farthinard Tuttle (CHECK MIDDLE NAME & DEATH DATE). Tuttle was president of the college for three decades. An ordained Presbyterian minister, born in 1818 in Bloomfield, New Jersey, he was the son of a minister, Jacob Tuttle and married Susan King, the daughter of a minister. He studied under the famed Lyman Beecher. One of Wabash's most loved presidents, he headed the school when it flourished from just a few graduates to much larger classes, from a college with a small number of buildings to one with several. Passing away in 1901, his funeral was one of the largest in Crawfordsville history.
Vernon Street -- - portion of this street is now Vernon Court - it was Main Street east-west off of Washington
Vine Street --
Voris Street --
Wabash Avenue -- this was South Street in the very early days of our city when it was platted -- also called Yountsville Road in the early years of the city
Wallace Avenue -- obviously, this one is named for Lew Wallace, famous author of the #1 best-selling book, Ben Hur.
Walnut Street -- an original North-Soutb street dating back to 1823 Washington Street - the main, North-South street running throug Crawfordsville - it is also US 231 (State Road 43)
Walter Remley Drive -- named for 16-year city council member, Walter Brown Remley, this is one of the newer streets named for a local person. Remley was a WWI veteran, graduate of Crawfordsville HS and the University of Illinois. He was a Crawfordsville businessman, had a special WCVL radio show for several years, worked as a farmers business man, selling Farmers Mutual Insurance. Active in several local organizations, he was a 50-year-member of Byron Cox Legion Post, as well as a long-time Mason.
Water Street - an original north- south street dating back to 1823 West Street -- one of the original streets of town dating back to 1823
Whitlock Avenue -- this is the road to the Boys/Girls Club and old Poor Farm off of Market Street. Ambrose Whitlock was born in ‘ol Virginy in May 1777 and passed away in his beloved Crawfordsville at age 96 on June 26, 1873. He was an officer *Major” in the Army and helped build the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Money seemed to be his bag, as he was paymaster for the US Army for several year with hundreds of thousands of dollars passing through his hands – never missed a cent! He was also appointed receiver of land money here in Crawfordsville for the US Land Office (appointed by William H. Crawford then secretary of state and of whom Crawfordsville is likely named but believe me there is MUCH controversy over that fact. He passed away on what would become Whitlock Avenue under a tree that he had planted in his yard.
Wilson Street -- established in 1856
Yountsville Road -- see Wabash Avenue
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