All About Crawfordsville, IN
In 1813, a few men by the names of Williamson Dunn, Henry Ristine, and Ambrose Whitlock decided that the site of present-day Crawfordsville was an ideal location for a settlement, considering that it was surrounded by deciduous forest and likely good farmland thanks to the nearby creek (now called Sugar Creek). A decade later, Whitlock laid out the town and named it in honor of William H. Crawford, the Secretary of the Treasury who issued him his commission as Receiver of Public Lands.
After three failed attempts to incorporate, Crawfordsville became an official town in 1834. Crawfordsville was home to several different Union generals at various points before and after the Civil War, one of whom was General Lew Wallace, the author of the historical novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
The Carnegie Library and Culver Union Hospital were both built in 1902, both important additions to Crawfordsville. In recent decades, companies like Nucor Steel, Alcoa CSI, Raybestos Products Company, Pace Dairy Foods, and Random House all built factories in or near the town, employing large portions of the population.
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We love serving the people of Crawfordsville and helping them achieve their healthy smile goals. Whether that means essential preventative dentistry through regular cleaning appointments, something more advanced like dental implant restoration, or even cosmetic treatments like veneers to give your smile a pearly white gleam, we look forward to being your partners in lifelong dental health. Check this map if you need directions to our practice.
Discover What Crawfordsville Has to Offer
Twelve properties in Crawfordsville are on the National Register of Historic Places, including three that serve as museums, two historic districts, and two active churches. A great one to visit is the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, where you can take a guided tour and learn all about this incredibly versatile historical figure.
A particularly curious historical site to visit is the Rotary Jail Museum, the only operating rotary jail still in the United States. For a low admission price, you’ll see why this strange idea for a jailhouse design didn’t catch on during your guided tour, and you’ll learn about some of the famous prisoners who were held in the wedge-shaped cells.
If you’re looking for an activity that involves a little more adrenaline, check out Indiana Zipline Tours and zip along the beautiful treetop canopy on one of 8 different ziplines. It’s a wonderful hidden-away treasure with no highway noises or parking lots intruding on your high-flying nature adventure.