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History of Delaware
The county was given its present name on account of
its the home of a large tribe of the Delawares. The
surface is quite level, with but slight undulations.
Small, wet prairies abound in the county to
one-twelfth of the extent of the surface; but these,
besides affording good pasturage, are tillable with
the slight expense of drainage. Timber was formerly
very plenty in this county, and of the best quality.
Almost every foot of land is adapted to farming.
White River in the centre, Mississinewa in the
north, Buck creek, and their numerous tributaries,
supply the county abundantly with water power.
It was in this county where the Prophet, brother of
Tecumsell, resided, and there, until it fell by
decay, stood the post at which he caused his
enemies, whites and Indians, to be tortured. David
Conner, an Indiana trader, was the first white man
to settle in the county; others soon followed, and
all have become independent and wealthy.
Muncie is the county seat. It is a city of about
four thousand five hundred inhabitants, an
enterprising commercial and manufacturing centre. It
is located on the O.C.C.&I. and Fort Wayne,
Muncie & Cincinnati railroads. Having all the
advantages of a rich agricultural section around it,
and being in direct communication with all the great
cities of the northwest by railroad, it will
undoubtedly continue to prosper, and will ultimately
attain to considerable importance. It has excellent
schools. Indeed, the schools in the whole county are
(Transcribed from the History of the State of
Indiana, published 1876)
Following the American Civil War the county
experienced an economic boon caused by the discovery
of natural gas, which spurred rapid industrial
growth in the surround area.
The first discovery of natural gas of Indiana
occurred in 1876 in the town of Eaton. A company was
drilling in search of coal, and when they had
reached a depth of six-hundred feet, there was a
loud noise and foul smelling fumes began coming from
the well. After a brief investigation, it was
decided they had breached the ceiling of Hell, and
the hole was quickly filled in. In 1884, when
natural gas was discovered in nearby Ohio, people
recalled the incident. They returned to the spot and
opened Indiana's first natural gas well. The gas as
so abundant and strong that when the well was lit,
the flames could be seen from Muncie.
Center - Delaware - Hamilton - Harrison -
Liberty - Monroe - Mount Pleasant - Niles -
Perry - Salem - Union - Washington
CITIES AND TOWNS
Albany - Daleville - Eaton - Gaston - Muncie -
Selma - Yorktown
County Seat: Muncie
Year Organized: 1827
Square Miles: 395.91
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Where to find information in Delaware County,
|Delware County Historical Society
120 E. Washington St.
Muncie, IN 47305-1734
|Muncie Public LIbrary
210 S. Jefferson St.
Muncie, IN 47305-2816
|Family History Center
4800 W. Robinwood Dr.
|Delaware County Recorder
100 W. Main St., Room 209
Muncie, IN 47305
|Delaware County Clerk
100 W. Main St.
Muncie, IN 47305
|Delaware County Health Department
100 W. Main St, Room 207
Muncie, IN 47305
(birth & death records)
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