A Brief History of Carmel, IN

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Short History of Carmel

Carmel is a suburban city just north of Indianapolis, Indiana. It is bordered by 146th Street on the north, the White River on the east, 96th Street on the south, and the Hamilton-Boone county line on the west. Known as the "Roundabout Capital of the U.S.," it was ranked among one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine, Wallet Hub, SafeWise, and Niche. The average real estate price for a home in Carmel is $320,400. The educated and affluent households in the city make a median income of $109,201. As of the 2010 census, there is a population of 79,191 people living in the area.

The city of Carmel was first platted and recorded by Alexander Mills, Daniel Warren, John Phelps and Seth Green in 1837. Originally named "Bethlehem," most of its residents were Quakers. In 1846, the post office of "Carmel" was established. In 1874, the town was renamed Carmel and incorporated. It is home to one of the first automatic traffic signals in the nation. Installed in 1924 at the interaction of Rangeline Road and Main Street, the signal was invented by Leslie Haines and is now in the old train station on the Monon Trail. In 2002, the local Rotary Club donated a clock tower to the city to mark the first established plot in the area.

Historic Sites

Within the city of Carmel, there are several historic sites and establishments that depict the history of the area. These sites include John Kinzer House, the Carmel Monon Depot and Thornhurst Addition.

John Kinzer House

John Kinzer House was built by John D. Kinzer for his family in the 1840s. He built the original home in 1828. The modest cabin is still standing adjacent to the main house. The historic main house is a two-story dwelling of the Federal architectural style. On September 5, 1975, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Carmel Monon Depot

The Carmel Monon Depot is a historic train station in Carmel. Built by the Monon Railroad in 1883, it is a one-story, gable roof, rectangular frame building that served as a passenger station and freight depot. In 1980, it was moved to 1st Street SW. The depot was added to the NRHP in 2013. Today, it is known as the Monon Depot Museum. However, it has been permanently closed down.

Thornhurst Addition

Thornhurst Addition was developed between 1956 and 1971 and featured notable examples of Modern Movement style architecture designed by Avriel Shull. The national historic district encompasses 21 buildings and one site. On June 24, 2010, it was listed on the NRHP.

Monon Trail

The Monon Greenway was developed as part of the Rails-to-Trails movement. Running from 10th Street near the downtown area of Indianapolis to Sheridan, it passes through Carmel at 96th Street. The multi-use trail is great for visitors who want to take a leisure stroll through the city, bike or even run. Along the trail are the Monon Depot Museum, Carmel City Center and Monon Community Center.

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