A Synopsis of Anderson, Indiana

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All About Anderson

Anderson is the principal city of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. As the county seat of Madison County, the land in the area was originally owned by Willian Conner before he sold it to John and Sarah Berry. After acquiring the land, the Berrys proceeded to donate 32 acres of it to Madison County with the condition that the county seat had to be moved there.

On November 7, 1827, John Berry laid out the first plat of Anderson. The area was originally named Anderson's Town after the Delaware Indian Chief William "Adam" Anderson. The Town of Anderson was incorporated in December of 1838 and again in 1849 and 1853 when it sprang back to life after the construction of the Indianapolis Bellefontaine Railroad was completed. On August 28, 1865, the town of Anderson was incorporated as a city.

In the late 1800s, natural gas was discovered in Anderson as the Indiana Gas Boom began. Many businesses that could use natural gas moved to the city. During this time, around 20 industries were located in Anderson. The city began to be labeled as "The Pittsburg on White River," "Queen City of the Gas Belt," and "Puncture Proof City." In 1897, the Interurban – coined by Charles Henry – Railroad was created. By 1912, the City of Anderson drastically slowed down as natural gas ran out and factories moved out. Delco Remy and Guide Lamps stayed and became the top employers in the city for decades. Inventions that have been perfected in Anderson were:

  • The Buckeye gasoline buggy by the Lambert family
  • The gas regulator by Miron G. Reynolds
  • The stamp vending machine by Frank P. Dunn
  • Clothes presser by H. Donal Forse
  • "Irish Mail" handcars by High Hill
  • Flower car for funeral homes by Francis M. McClain
  • Automatic gearshift by Von D. Polhemus
  • Sisson choke by Glenn Sisson
  • The vulcanizing process to retreat tired by Charles E. Miller

During the deindustrialization of the 1970s and 80s, the city suffered greatly. Today it is still struggling with higher rates of unemployment and poverty. As of 2010, it has a population of 56,129 people. This is a decrease from the 70,000 people that were recorded in 1970.

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Anderson University

Anderson Unversity was founded in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) movement as the Anderson Bible Training School. Before becoming Anderson University in 1988, it was also known as Anderson College and Theological Seminary and Anderson College. The private university is affiliated with the Church of God and a member of the Independent Colleges of Indiana society and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. It is home to seven schools and offers over 60 majors.

Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre, or The Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom, was opened on August 20, 1929, as part of the Publix Chain of theaters that were owned by Paramount Pictures. Designed by famous movie theater architect John Eberson, the historic movie theater is located on Meridian Street in Anderson and is one of the only 12 atmospheric theaters left in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1995, the theater was restored and reopened as the Paramount Theatre Centre and Ballroom. It features the original Page theater organ and a Spanish Revival and Mission architectural style auditorium. On August 29, 1991, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). An annual "Best Decorated Christmas Tree" contest is hosted at the theater every Christmas.

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