Noblesville, Indiana: A History

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Get To Know Noblesville

Noblesville is a city in the north Indianapolis suburbs of Indiana. Located along the White River, it is also the county seat of Hamilton County. The city got its start with a land purchase made by the government from the Native Americans in the area in 1818. Before then, the area was settled by William Conner and his wife, Mekinges Conner. In 1802, they lived in the area's first log cabin and established central Indiana's first trading post. In 1823, Conner, along with Josiah Polk, laid out the area that is now downtown Noblesville. The following year, it was designated as the county seat of Hamilton County. Noblesville is said to be named after James Noble, one of the first U.S. senators from Indiana, or Lavina Noble of Indianapolis, a woman Polk was engaged to.

In 1851, the Town of Noblesville was incorporated. That same year, Peru and Indianapolis Railroad was completed through the town. In 1875, the second railroad for the area, the Anderson, Lebanon and St. Louis, began construction. Noblesville was incorporated as a city in 1887. In 1888, with the discovery of Noblesville's first natural gas well, the first large growth period for the city occurred. Its downtown commercial district, as well as its many Victorian homes, were built during this time.

In the 1900s, the city was known for its flour mills. The most notable business in the city was the producer of Diadem and Kismet flours, the Noblesville Milling Company. National attention was drawn to Noblesville during the 1925 Stephenson trial of D. C. Stephenson, the former Grand Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan. Convicted of second-degree murder, this broke the power of the Klan in Indiana.

As of the 2019 estimate, Noblesville has a population of 64,668 people and a total area of 32.785 square miles. Situated in the townships of Delaware, Noblesville, Fall Creek and Wayne, it is bordered by Cicero to the north, Fishers and Carmel to the south, and Westfield to the west.

Historic Sites

The establishments that pay homage to the beginnings of the city are the Hamilton County Courthouse and Hamilton County Sheriff's Residence and Jail. Located in Courthouse Square, the centerpiece of downtown Noblesville, they are of the Second Empire architectural style and feature mansard roofs. Other historically notable landmarks and buildings of the city are:

  • Hamilton County Courthouse Square
  • Catherin Street Historic District
  • Conner Street Historic District
  • South 9th Street Historic District
  • Noblesville Commercial Historic District
  • Judge Earl S. Stone House
  • Cole-Evans House
  • William Houston Craig House
  • St. Samuel Harrell House
  • Daniel Craycraft House
  • Robert L. Wilson House
  • Holliday Hydroelectric Powerhouse and Dam
  • Noblesville Milling Company Mill
  • Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive No. 587.

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

Ruoff Music Center

The Ruoff Music Center is an outdoor amphitheater in Noblesville. As the largest open-air music venue in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area of central Indiana, it was opened in 1989 and has been formerly known as Deer Creek Music Center, Verizon Wireless Music Center, Klipsch Music Center and Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. The outdoor venue is owned by Live Nation and is located on East 146th Street. Hosting mainly large concerts and music festivals, it features 18,000 general admission lawn seats and 6,147 reserved pavilion seats.

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