Historic Map - Lafayette, IN - 1868

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Bird's eye view of the city of Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., Indiana 1868. Drawn by A. Ruger.

Reproduction map of Lafayette, Indiana, published 1868. Named for the famous French hero of the American Revolutionary War, Lafayette was first platted by river trader William Digby in 1825. The town was made the county seat of the newly formed Tippecanoe County in 1826.

Lafayette has the distinction of being the site of the first official air mail delivery in the United States. On August 17, 1859, John Wise piloted a balloon, lifting off from the grounds of the Lafayette Courthouse. While he was headed for New York, bad weather forced Wise to land near Crawfordsville, Indiana and the mail continued to New York by train. The U. S. Postal Service issued an airmail stamp commemorating the event in 1959.

This map was published just one year after the completion of the Temple Israel, which is considered today to be one of the ten oldest synagogue buildings in the United States.

Detailed illustrations of the Court House and the Opera House appear on the lower margin of the map.

Features numbered references to the following locations:

  1. Court House
  2. County Offices
  3. Central Public School
  4. Eastern Public School
  5. Southern Public School
  6. Lafayette Collegiate Institute
  7. Lafayette Grammar School
  8. St. Ignatius Academy
  9. St. Bonefacius Academy
  10. Opera House & Post Office
  11. Gas Works
  12. T. W. & W. Rw. Depot
  13. T. W. & W. Rw. Round House
  14. I. C. & L. Rw. Depot
  15. I. C. & L. Rw. Machine Shop
  16. C. N. A. & L. Rw. Depot
  17. Greenbush Cemetary
  18. German Cemetary
  19. Baptist
  20. Christian
  21. Episcopal
  22. German Reformed
  23. Hebrew
  24. German Lutheran
  25. 5th St. Methodist
  26. 9th St. Methodist
  27. German Methodist
  28. 1st Presbyterian
  29. 2d Presbyterian
  30. 1st United Presbyterian
  31. 2d United Presbyterian
  32. Roman Catholic
  33. German Catholic
  34. United Brethren
  35. Universalist


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