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The Delaware Indians were nomadic and often inhabited the Yorktown area. The early settlers in Yorktown found the tribe to be friendly and accepted their helpful offers of trading goods and giving guidance for planting crops. Since it contained two bodies of water, Yorktown was a natural choice for the location of a mill. Oliver H. Smith platted the original "Town of Yorktown" in 1837. The main business district was never more than two and a half blocks long, but throughout the years other businesses built along the main street outside of the original area. For many years, Yorktown was a farm-based community. Later, families depended on local industry as a means of support. Recently, the boundaries have grown to such an extent that Yorktown now includes the entire Mt. Pleasant Township.
ISBN: 9781467115032
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 216
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Becky Monroe is a lifelong resident of Yorktown, as were four generations before her. Monroe gained her interest in local history from listening to her grandmother tell stories of her youth. John Shideler graduated from Burris Laboratory School in Muncie. Many of his mother's family members are native to the Yorktown area. He joined the Yorktown–Mt. Pleasant Township Historical Alliance as an intern from Ball State University developing his interest in area history. Shideler is currently majoring in Latin at Ball State.
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