An Early History of Peru, Indiana

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What do you know about Peru? The child sexual abuse lawyers of Peru provide you with this informative article on the city. Our legal team hopes you enjoy learning about the history of the area and more.

History of Peru

Peru is a city within Miami County, Indiana. Also the seat of the county, it is part of the Kokomo-Peru Combined Statistical Area and is split into two parts by the Wabash River. The history of the area dates back to a land purchase made by Joseph Holman on August 18, 1827, from the chief of the Miami Indians, Jean Baptiste "Pechewa" (Wildcat) Drouet de Richardville. Located near the confluence of the Mississinewa River and the Wabash River, the sale was approved by President John Quincy Adams on March 3, 1828. The following year, the land was surveyed and laid out as the town of Miamisport.

In 1834, Peru was founded by William N. Hood, who bought 210 acres of land from Joseph Holman five years prior. A year later, court sessions were held in the town and the name "Miamisport" began to disappear as Peru became the more dominant community. Before the massive flood of 1913, the city was home to 15,000 people, 100 factories, railroads, a trolley service, a hospital, a circus that employed 1,000 people, and a concrete bridge that was the largest of its kind in the world during that time. As of the 2010 census, Peru has a population of 11,417 people and a total area of 5.173 square miles.

Historic Sites

The City of Peru is home to many establishments and landmarks that tell the history of the area. Some of this include:

  • Miami County Courthouse
  • Peru High School Historic District
  • Brownell Block/Senger Dry Goods Company Building
  • Shirk Edwards House
  • James Omar Cole House

These historic sites have each been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

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International Circus Hall of Fame

The International Circus Hall of Fame is a hall of fame and museum in Peru. Honoring the important figures in circus history, it is located on the former site of the Wallace Circus and, later, the American Circus Corporation Winter Quarters. The property's circus history began in 1891 when Benjamin Wallace, the owner of Wallace Circus, purchased the property. From then until 1944, it served as the winter headquarters of a succession of circus companies that he was created or merged with. In 1921, the property and Wallace's circus operation were purchased by the American Circus Corporation. In 1929, John Ringling acquired the corporation and ran his Ringling Brothers operations there until the circus business declined and he had to close it down in 1944. Many. of the circus building was then demolished or altered, and the property was reverted to agricultural use.

Ringling Brothers Circus also had their winter quarters and a Circus Hall of Fame in Sarasota, Florida. When the Sarasota Circus Hall of Fame was closed down on May 27, 1980, after several years of not being profitable, residents in Peru decided to come together to purchase the entire Sarasota collection to preserve the circus artifacts. They then transported back to the Wallace property in the city and have since created their own International Circus Hall of Fame. On February 27, 1987, it was added to the NRHP and designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL). Located on Peru Circus Lane, it is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m.

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