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Indiana History Timeline

1600s - 1700s
  • (1614 - 1615) Samuel de Champlain, New France governor, explored Maumee River region
  • (1671) Simon de Saint-Lusson claimed most of the area for France
  • (1679) Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle, Louis de Baude de Frontenac, planned for control of Maumee-Wabash trade route; plans included relocation of Miami Indians to headwaters of Maumee River
  • (1728 - 1732) Vincennes established on Wabash River by France, first European settlement in area
  • (1747) British convinced Huron Indian Chief, King Nicolas, to attack French-owned Fort Miami
  • (1752- 1753) Smallpox epidemic devastated local Indian population
  • (1754 - 1763) France and Indian War
  • (1763) England gained control of Vincennes and Indiana area; Proclamation of 1763 forbade settlement west of Appalachian Mountains; British sent Indian war parties to attack settlers who disobeyed proclamation
  • (1772) General Gage ordered France to leave settlements in Wabash Valley, demanded land deeds
  • (1774) British Parliament passed Quebec Act, French settlements, including Indiana, were included in province of Quebec
  • (1775 - 1783) Revolutionary War
  • (1777) British encouraged Indians to attack settlers George Rogers Clark
  • (1778) Colonel George Rogers Clark's expedition captured Fort Sackville at Vincennes; Indiana became part of Virginia; British Governor Henry Hamilton overtook Fort Sackville
  • (1779) British at Fort Sackville surrendered to Colonel George Rogers Clark, his expedition and Francis Vigo
  • (1783) Treaty of Paris gave modern-day Indiana lands to United States
  • (1787) Continental Congress created Northwest Territory; territory to be governed by a governor, three judges; laws prohibited slavery, encouraged public education, guaranteed religious freedom and civil rights
  • (1794) Anthony Wayne overwhelmed Shawnee Indians, led by Tecumseh, in battle near rapids of Maumee River; Anthony Wayne established fort, named Fort Wayne
1800s
  • (1800) Indiana Territory established from Northwest Territory; William Henry Harrison first Governor; Vincennes named capital
  • (1803) Indians signed treaties ceding land in Indiana
  • (1805) Michigan Territory separated from Indiana Territory
  • (1809) Illinois Territory separated from Indiana Territory
  • (1811) Chief Tecumseh and Indians defeated in Battle of Tippecanoe
  • (1812 - 1814) War of 1812
  • (1813) Chief Tecumseh killed at Battle of the Thames; Indiana Territory capital moved to Corydon
  • (1814) Treaty of Ghent ended War of 1812
  • (1816) Indiana became 19th U. S. state; Jonathan Jennings first Governor; Abraham Lincoln and family moved to Indiana
  • (1818) Indians gave up claims to portion of central Indiana, "New Purchase"
  • (1825) State capital moved to Indianapolis
  • (1835) Wabash and Erie Canal opened from Fort Wayne to Huntington
  • (1842) University of Notre Dame founded
  • (1851) State Consitution adopted, included measure protecting property rights of married women
  • (1861 - 1865) Civil War
  • (1889) Standard Oil Co. built refinery in Whiting
  • (1897) Tribal status of Miami Indians terminated

1900s

  • (1906) U. S. Steel Company built plant, founded Gary
  • (1908) Serial killer, Belle Gunness, died in fire at her farm in LaPorte
  • (1911) First Indy 500 auto race occurred
  • (1915) Workmen's Compensation Act enacted
  • (1925) Tri-State tornado struck Indiana, Illinois, Missouri; many dead
  • (1930) Mob broke into Marion jail, beat two young black men to death, hung them from tree
  • (1937) Ohio River flooded causing severe damage in southern Indiana
  • (1956) Northern Indiana Toll Road completed
  • (1963) Studebaker Automobile Corporation ceased auto production at South Bend plant
  • (1974) Series of 148 tornadoes struck the Midwest and Southern states (including Indiana); many killed with severe property damage
  • (1980) Indianapolis businessman, Herbert Baumeister, killed 16 men, most gay
  • (1984) NFL Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis
  • (1985) AIDS patient, Ryan White, barred from attending public school
  • (1987) Air Force jet crashed into Ramada Inn near Indianapolis Airport, ten killed
  • (1988) Indianian J. Danforth Quayle, elected U. S. Vice President
  • (1998) Explosion at Southern Energy Co. in Hammond killed 16
  • (1999) Lilly Endowment Inc. presented $50 million grant to Hispanic Scholarship Fund
2000s
  • (2001) Cicero's town president, nine others, charged with stealing $10 million in taxpayer monies; Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, executed at Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute
  • (2003) Governor Frank O'Bannon suffered massive stroke, died
  • (2004) Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning broke Dan Marino's pass record
  • (2005) Measles outbreak among school children; tornado struck Evansville, 22 killed, 200 injured
  • (2007) Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI
  • (2010) Eight teenagers shot at skating rink during concert in Gary
  • (2011) Five people killed, more than 40 injured in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair
  • (2012) Series of powerful storms and tornadoes left 13 dead, destroyed town of Marysville

Indiana Photographs

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Indiana Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Decatur Adams 260
Fort Wayne Allen 260
Columbus Bartholomew 812
Fowler Benton 765
Hartford City Blackford 765
Zionsville Boone 317
Nashville Brown 812
Delphi Carroll 317
Logansport Cass 574
Jeffersonville Clark 812
Brazil Clay 812
Frankfort Clinton 765
English Crawford 812
Washington Daviess 812
Lawrenceburg Dearborn 812
Greensburg Decatur 812
Auburn DeKalb 260
Muncie Delaware 765
Jasper Dubois 812
Elkhart Elkhart 574
Connersville Fayette 765
New Albany Floyd 812
Attica Fountain 765
Batesville Franklin 812
Rochester Fulton 574
Princeton Gibson 812
Marion Grant 765
Bloomfield Greene 812
Carmel Hamilton 317
Greenfield Hancock 317
Corydon Harrison 812
Brownsburg Hendricks 317
New Castle Henry 765
Kokomo Howard 765
Huntington Huntington 260
Seymour Jackson 812
Demotte Jasper 219
Portland Jay 260
Madison Jefferson 812
North Vernon Jennings 812
Greenwood Johnson 317
Vincennes Knox 812
Warsaw Kosciusko 574
La Porte La Porte 219
Lagrange Lagrange 260
Gary Lake 219
Bedford Lawrence 812
Anderson Madison 765
Indianapolis Marion 317
Plymouth Marshall 574
Loogootee Martin 812
Peru Miami 765
Bloomington Monroe 812
Crawfordsville Montgomery 765
Martinsville Morgan 765
Lake Village Newton 219
Kendallville Noble 260
Rising Sun Ohio 812
Paoli Orange 812
Spencer Owen 812
Rockville Parke 765
Tell City Perry 812
Petersburg Pike 812
Valparaiso Porter 219
Mount Vernon Posey 812
Winamac Pulaski 574
Greencastle Putnam 765
Winchester Randolph 765
Sunman Ripley 812
Rushville Rush 765
Scottsburg Scott 812
Shelbyville Shelby 317
Rockport Spencer 812
South Bend St Joseph 574
Knox Starke 574
Angola Steuben 260
Sullivan Sullivan 812
Vevay Switzerland 812
Lafayette Tippecanoe 765
Tipton Tipton 765
Liberty Union 765
Evansville Vanderburgh 812
Clinton Vermillion 765
Terre Haute Vigo 812
Wabash Wabash 260
Williamsport Warren 765
Newburgh Warrick 812
Salem Washington 812
Richmond Wayne 765
Bluffton Wells 260
Monticello White 574
Columbia City Whitley 260
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.