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Blackford County, Indiana

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  • Pvt. (USA) Lewis Twibell (1842 - 1929)
    Lewis Twibell, 87, life-long resident of Blackford County and a widely known Civil War Veteran died Monday morning at 2 o'clock at the home of his son, Charles Twibell, residing three and a half miles ...
  • Pvt. John Edward Wardrip (1919 - 1984)
    Marion Chronicle-Tribune / Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1984 / Pg.10 Hartford City - John Edward Wardrip, 74, Hartford City, died Monday in his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Wardrip, a native...
  • Lemuel Augusta Tate (1829 - 1916)
    Son of James Milton Tate and Martha Arrel. Married 1) Sarah Jane Beeson on 30 Sep 1852 Franklin, Wayne County, Indiana 2) Mary Emily Wilson on 15 Mar 1864, Wells County, Indiana (divorced) 3) Elizabe...
  • Pvt. (USA), Simon Foy (1834 - 1922)
    Served in Company H of the 153rd Indiana Infantry.
  • Pvt. (USA), John Franklin Wisecup (1829 - 1910)
    The headstone and obit gives birth as 1823. All other records indicate he was born in 1829. OBITUARY. John F. Wisecup was born in Highland county, Ohio, Sept. 19, 1823, and died at Hartford City, Ind...

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History

Before the arrival of European-American settlers during the 1830s, the northeastern portion of the future Blackford County was briefly the site of an Indian reservation for Chief Francois Godfroy of the Miami tribe. The first European-American pioneers were typically farmers who settled on arable land near rivers. Originally, the county was mostly swampland, but more land became available for farming as the marshes were cleared and drained. Over the next 30 years, small communities developed throughout the county. When the county's rail lines were constructed in the 1860s and 1870s, additional communities evolved around railroad stops.

Beginning in the late 1880s, the discovery of natural gas and crude oil in the county (and surrounding region) caused the area to undergo an economic boom period known as the Indiana Gas Boom. Manufacturers relocated to the area to take advantage of the low-cost energy and railroad facilities. The boom period lasted about 15 years, and is reflected in Blackford County's population, which peaked in 1900 at 17,213. The construction associated with the additional prosperity of the boom period caused a significant upgrade in the county's appearance, as wooden buildings were replaced with masonry structures. Much of the infrastructure built during that time remains today—including Montpelier's historic Carnegie Library and many of Hartford City's buildings in the Courthouse Square Historic District.

Agriculture continues to be important to the county, and became even more important after the loss of several large manufacturers during the 20th century. Today, 72 percent of Blackford County is covered by either corn or soybean fields; additional crops, such as wheat and hay, are also grown.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Bowser Station (extinct)
  • Converse (formerly Crumley's Crossing)
  • Dorsey Station (extinct)
  • Dunkirk (part)
  • Frog Alley (extinct)
  • Greenland (extinct)
  • Harrison
  • Hartford City (County Seat)
  • Jackson Township
  • Licking
  • Little Chicago (part, extinct)
  • Luck (extinct)
  • Matamoras
  • Millgrove
  • Mollie (extinct)
  • Montpelier
  • Pleasantdale (extinct)
  • Renner
  • Roll (formerly Dundee)
  • Shamrock Lakes
  • Silas (extinct)
  • Slocum (extinct)
  • Trenton (formerly Priam)
  • Washington Township
  • Winterhurst (extinct)

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Genealogy Trails

Blackford County Courthouse

Montpelier Carnegie Library