In April of 1837, the town of Carmel, Indiana was established, but under the name of Bethlehem by John Felps, Alexander Mills, Seth Green, & Daniel Warren. In the 1820’s the early settlers were attracted to the land due to the huge opportunities naturally. The land was perfect to make their houses with how level the land was. This area was originally used for hunting grounds until later pilgrims arrived and settled the area. This land was previously occupied by the Delaware Native Americans also known as the Miami Native Americans.
Beginning out as fourteen sections of land, this Quaker town progressively industrialized, taking off with the fur trade economy. A general store was built in 1837, eight years later the first schoolhouse was built, then in 1846 a post office, but the populaces were informed that the U.S. Post Office already had another town in Indiana that was registered under the name of Bethlehem. In 1874, by a referendum vote of thirty-three to twelve, the town was officially integrated & adopted the name “Carmel”. It was not until 1883 when the Monon Railroad was laid through the town that the economy exploded. The rails allowed for fast transportation of harvested goods. Leslie Haines invented one of the Country’s first automatic stop-&-go traffic signals in 1924. The road expansion of the 1960’s created a huge boom for the city. In the next decade, Carmel annexed twenty-one properties & still continues expanding to this day.
Today some well-known parks are the Cool Creek Park which is a popular place for people to hang out & see a band perform. Another other park is the Flowing Well Park which was created in 1995 & is also a favorite among the community as well, although it might not be big or impacting it has a lot of people that love to visit it. Another huge part of Carmel is the Arts & Design District, also known as downtown Carmel. This area is hugely popular among families & teens to hang out & has been recently revamped to create a more commercialized, small-town feel. In this area, there is the Public Library which is another place that people love to visit & spend their time in downtown Carmel.
The Monon Center is a large outdoor water park with many indoor pools & a fitness center that the community of Carmel greatly enjoys. This center connects to the Monon Trails which replaced the Monon railroads & is now used to exercise on or enjoy some leisurely time in nature. Carmel’s most popular location though is probably Clay Terrace which opened in 2004. Located ideally along Keystone Parkway which is a major road that connects nearly everything in Carmel together, it is a booming mall that is visited by everyone in the area for anything they need.
Some fun facts about Carmel’s history include, that the Carmel Police brought home medals in World Police & Fire Games in 2001 as well as the fact that only one police officer has ever died on duty in Carmel. In 2004 Carmel was named one of the best places to live that year by the American City Business Journal & won this title again in the late 2000’s. Not only was Carmel the home of the invention of the Stop Light, but it is also the home of the invention of the Round-About. Carmel just celebrated the opening of its one-hundredth round-about this past year. Carmel has won many awards over the past 100s of years but they are continually growing & pushing the limits with everything they do as they continue to expand & develop even more so in today’s twenty-first century world.