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Rockville began in 1824 as the seat of justice for the newly established Parke County. A small brick courthouse was built, and a fledgling community soon sprang up around it. Within a short time, blacksmiths, furniture builders, harness makers, grocers, druggists, and dry goods salesmen were calling the new public square home. Then over a period of 13 years, beginning in 1870, the face of Rockville was drastically altered as fires destroyed the early buildings. The newly resurrected town would look quite different. As the rebuilding occurred, an exceptional example of small-town Italianate architecture emerged. This new Rockville looked much different than its haphazard Colonial-style predecessor. Three-story brick and stone buildings replaced haphazard one- and two-story wood frame structures; concrete sidewalks replaced wooden walkways; awnings, ornate cornices, and large architectural iron and glass storefronts became the standard. It was during these years that Rockville began to resemble the quintessential American small town it is today.
ISBN: 9780738583044
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 193
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Blaine Martin grew up in Rockville, living a block from the courthouse square. He is a passionate collector of antique advertising, an amateur historian, and an ardent advocate for the preservation of “Main Street America.” Martin now lives in Jasper with his wife and two children and owns a graphic design practice.
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