Historical Factors of Columbia City, Indiana

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An Account of Columbia City

Columbia City is a city in the Columbia Township of Whitley County, Indiana. Also the seat of the county, it has a total area of 5.601 square miles and a population of 9,892 people. The main roads serving the area are North Main Street (Indiana State Road 9), U.S. Route 30, East Van Buren Street, and North Line Street.

Columbia City Historic District

Columbia City Historic District is a historic district in Columbia City. It encompasses 197 buildings in the central business district and surrounding residential parts of the city. Some of the notable buildings in the national historic district are:

  • Adams Y. Hooper Residence
  • William McNagny Residence
  • Thomas Shorb Residence
  • Elisha L. McLallen House
  • City Hall
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Peabody (Carnegie) Library
  • Central Building
  • D.B. Clugston Block
  • Church of the Brethren
  • Methodist Church
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Baptist Church
  • Masonic Temple
  • The former Whitley County Courthouse

On June 22, 1987, the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Follow along with a Short History of Auburn, Indiana.

Whitley County Courthouse

The Whitley County Courthouse is a courthouse in the Columbia City Historic District. However, it is not a contributing building of the district and was individually added to the NRHP on February 16, 1979. The three-story, cruciform plan historic courthouse was built in 1888. It was designed by Brentwood S. Tolan of the French Renaissance style and has a galvanized iron central dome and slate roof.

Thomas R. Marshall House

Thomas R. Marshall House is a historic home in Columbia City. Built in 1874, the two-story, "L"-plan frame building features a projecting two-story bay and a nearly full-width front porch with paired Doric order columns. It serves as the home for Thomas R. Marshall, an Indiana Governor and U.S. Vice President. On July 21, 1983, it was added to the NRHP.

Whitley County Historical Museum

The historic home is now the Whitley County Historical Museum. It tells the life of Thomas Marshall and the great history of the county and its people. The museum property also consists of the Marshal House, and Outhouse and an Annex. Detailed exhibits, informative programming and guided tours help to bring the history of the county to life for visitors. The museum works in hand with the Whitley County Historical Society. It is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Fridays, it is open from 9 a.m. to noon.

Morsches Park

For more of an active recreational fun time, the 117-acre Morsches Park can be found on the east side of Columbia City. Offering a number of different recreational activities for people of all ages, it includes a baseball field, softball field, football field, tennis courts, the Blue River Trail, other trails for mountain biking and exercise, a rentable pavilion, a skate park, and a splash pad. The park is operated by the Columbia City Parks Department and is open every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

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