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Synopsis of Fishers

Fishers is a city in the townships of Fall Creek and Delaware, Indiana. Part of Hamilton County, it was first settled by William Conner in 1802 when he built a trading post and log cabin along the White River. As settlers started relocated to the area in 1816, the Delaware Indians had to cede their land in Ohio and Indiana to the U.S. government in the 1818 Treaty of St. Mary's. Conner, who was married to the princess and daughter of Chief William Anderson, was the interpreter. In 1823, the Indiana General Assembly chartered Hamilton County and established and surveyed Delaware Township.

When the state capital was moved to Indianapolis, the town began to grow. John Finch, a local resident, established a blacksmith shop, a horse-powered grinding mill, and the first school in the area. In 1826, the first water mill in the town was also constructed. As development for the Peru & Indianapolis Railroad began in 1849, more people started to move to the area. During this time, it was known as "Fiser's Switch" or "Fisher's Station." In 1872, it was platted by Salanthial Fisher and was incorporated by the Indiana General Assembly in 1891. In 1908, the post office renamed the town Fishers.

With the relocation of Indiana State Road 37 to the east side of the town and its connection to Interstation 69, Fishers began to grow as a commercial and residential center. In the 1960s, Fall Creek Township was the site of a consolidation of area schools. In 1992, the civic and government center for Fishers was opened as the Thomas A. Weaber Municipal Complex. It is home to the following:

  • The Fishers City Hall
  • The police and fire department headquarters
  • The Fishers Post Office
  • The Hamilton County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  • The Fishers Chamber of Commerce
  • A library
  • An office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • An amphitheater

In 2009, after four years of legal battle against the Geist United Opposition over the involuntary annexation of the unincorporated area around Geist Reservoir, the latter conceded, which enabled the town to annex and incorporate the area. This made Fishers the eighth-largest community in the state. In 2015, it became a city. As of 2019, the city has an estimated population of 95,310 people.

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Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie is the former home of William Conner. In the 1930s, pharmaceutical executive Eli Lilly purchased the home and property. He restored the home, opened it to visitors as a museum, and added a number of structures to the property. This includes a trading post, loom house and still. In 1964, he transferred the property to a charitable trust and named Earlham College as a trustee. With funds from Lilly, the college expanded the museum by constructing an 1836 village called Prairietown.

In 2003, Conner Prairie became independent from Earlham College. It later joined the Smithsonian Affiliations program in 2009. Exhibits and attractions featured in the museum are:

  • Create Connect
  • Makesmith Workshop
  • Animal Encounters
  • William Conner House
  • The 1863 Civil War Journey: Rain on Indiana
  • Prairietown, 1859 Balloon Voyage
  • The Lenape (Delaware) Indian Camp

The living museum also hosts programs and activities such as a number of camps, Preschool on the Prairie, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Follow the North Star.

Parks and Conservation

The city of Fishers is home to more than a dozen parks and nature preserves. Offering a recreational space for residents and visitors, it also teaches and showcases the environmental importance of the area. Some of these spaces are the Billericay Park, Brooks School Park, Cheeney Creek Natural Area, Cyntheanne Park, Eller Fields, Fishers Heritage Park at White River, Flatfork Creek Park, Hamilton Proper Park, Hoosier Woods, Mudsock Fields, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, and Wapihani Nature Preserve. The city also provides over 85 miles of trail for use in the Fishers Trail & Greenway System.

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Contact our Fishers sexual assault attorneys if you or a loved one have been a victim of sexual violence. We can assist you in securing the compensation and justice you deserve. Call our office today to learn more.

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