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Named after Thomas Pendleton, one of the town's early settlers, Pendleton, Indiana, was established in 1820. With a ford on Fall Creek, the falls provided waterpower for mills and influenced migration to areas north of Pendleton. The emergence of natural gas in Madison County led to the establishment of several glass factories, a tile plant, and other manufacturing sites, including the Motsinger Device Manufacturing Company and Fall Creek Cannery. Early entrepreneurs of Pendleton included Thomas McCartney, who built the first mill at the falls; Palmer Patrick, a colorful merchant; and Homer Motsinger, owner of Motsinger Device Manufacturing Company. After the mills along Fall Creek were removed, the area became known as Pendleton Park, a tourist attraction that brought visitors from surrounding states. Falls Park, as it is known today, remains one of the most picturesque sites in Madison County and is a mainstay for the Pendleton community. With the 200th anniversary of Pendleton on the horizon, the town continues to progress in a positive fashion, while keeping the historical aspect of the community alive.
ISBN: 9781467127172
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David Humphrey is the author of All Those Years Ago, Fifty Years Later, Beatles Fans Still Remember, The Golden Years of Rock and Roll in the Hoosier State, and Images of America: Anderson from Arcadia Publishing. He resides in Pendleton, Indiana, with his wife, Caryn, and their son, Evan.
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