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Summary of Huntington

Huntington is the largest city within Huntington County, Indiana. Also the seat of the county, it is part of the townships of Huntington and Union. The city was named by a member of the legislature, Capt. Elias Murray, after Samuel Huntington – a politician, judge, patriot in the American Revolutionary War, and the 7th President of the Continental Congress.

On December 2, 1834, Huntington County was officially organized. That same year, the Wabash and Erie Canal was built through the county and helped increase the economy of the area. Huntington was first settled by a group of pioneers. By 1849, the city was comprised of 150 houses and a population of 700 people. Today, it is known as the "Lime City." As of the 2020 census, it has a population of 17,022 people and a total area of 8.844 square miles.

Huntington University

Huntington University was established in 1897 as "Central College"  after the Church of the United Brethren in Christ's General Board of Education proposed a new institution of higher learning in Huntington. The private university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in over 80 academic disciplines. Based on rankings done by the U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and, the school is among one of the best universities in the Midwest.

Huntington Courthouse Square Historic District

Huntington Courthouse Square Historic District is located in the city of Huntington. The national historic district consists of 102 contributing buildings and three contributing structures in the central business district of the city. Some of its notable buildings include:

  • Lewis Block, Huntington County Courthouse
  • Old Post Office
  • City Hall and Fire Station
  • Hotel Huntington
  • Opera House
  • Huntington Theater
  • Citizens' State Bank
  • Huntington Light and Fuel Building
  • YMCA
  • Our Sunday Visitor building

Most of the established in the district were built between 1845 and 1942 and feature architectural styles like Queen Anne, Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Neoclassical and Commercial. On September 4, 1992, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Hotel LaFontaine

Although Hotel LaFontaine is situated in the Huntington Courthouse Square Historic District, it was listed on the NRHP separately on February 9, 1984. The historic hotel building was built in 1925 and designed by architect Robert W. Stevens. It features a six-story central pavilion and five-story flanked wings. The building is of the Colonial Revival architectural style and was used as a hotel until 1974. Hotel LaFontaine is named after the last principal chief of the unified Miami tribe, Francis La Fontaine.

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