Madison, Indiana: From Past to Present

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The following article is presented by the abuse attorneys from Madison. Our legal team is excited to take you along with us in learning about the city of Madison.

Synopsis of Madison

Madison is a city within Jefferson County, Indiana. As the seat of the county, it is also one of the core cities of the Louisville-Elizabethtown-Madison metroplex and the largest city on the Ohio River between Louisville and Cincinnati. The city's downtown area has been designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the U.S.

The history of Madison dates back to 1810, when the area was laid out and platted. In 1811, John Paul sold its first lot. Because of its location, the city was an entry point into the Indiana Territory and an important point on the Underground Railroad later on. In 1832, the Indiana State Legislature chartered the Madison Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad. Construction for the railroad began in 1836. In 1847, it was transferred to private ownership and renamed the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad. After many decades of success, the railroad went into a decline and was sold at foreclosure. In 1921, it became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system.

Today, the city is served by Indiana State Road 7, Indiana State Road 62, Indiana State Road 56, and U.S. Route 421. It is now a major hub for the tourism industry. As of the 2010 census, Madison has a population of 11,967 people and a total area of 8.842 square miles. It is bounded on the south by the Ohio River. From April 3rd to April 4th of 1974, Madison was hit with an F4 twister that was part of the 1974 Super Outbreak. It killed seven people and destroyed around 300 homes.

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Madison Historic District

The Madison Historic District is a national historic landmark in Madison. Encompassing 133 blocks of the city, its unique Midwestern beauty and variety of architectural styles showcase the city throughout its history. Some of the notable buildings in the district are:

  • Lanier Mansion
  • Schofield House
  • Charles L. Shrewsbury House
  • The restored 1835 Railroad Depot
  • Jefferson County Historical Society museum

On May 25, 1973, the national historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). On March 20, 2006, it was also designated a National Historic Landmark District (NHLD).

Powerboat Racing

Around 1911, a powerboat race began in Madison. This racing event soon became a tradition and has since been held every year in early July. Called the Madison Regatta, the Unlimited Hydroplane racing event attracts around 70,000 to 100,000 people to the city annually and has hosted an H1 Unlimited race. Relating to the powerboat racing event, the city of Madison is home to the only community-owned unlimited hydroplane racer, Miss Madison, in the world. A week-long riverfront festival is also held alongside the Madison Regatta to encourage a wide variety of attendance.

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