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want a blast from the past, but not too far back? Welcome to Muncie

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Welcome to Muncie, Indiana

Middletown America

A Pictorial guide to the center of American Culture

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Garfield School as it stood on Madison St. The area is now Heekin park.

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St. Lawrence Catholic school as it originally stood at the corner of East Charles and High Street.

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The Delaware County Courthouse was a great landmark in the city of Muncie. Thomas & Brentwood Tolan (T. J. Tolan & Son) designed three similar courthouses in Indiana between 1879-1885. The Delaware County Courthouse at Muncie was nearly identical to the Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw (1881-1884) and the similar to the Park County Courthouse in Rockville (1879-1882). The latter two buildings have been preserved and stand as community landmarks.

The Delaware County Courthouse was demolished in 1967. The newspapers praised the demolition and it was even encouraged by the faculty of Ball State University's College of Architecture.

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Today everyone regrets this decision, as it has severely handicapped the growth of Downtown Muncie. The present courthouse is a rather serious statement in New Brutalism, with its heavy concrete walls and bleak "plaza." All the trees around the courthouse had their branches lopped off to deter pigeons in 2002. This has given the square an even more unwelcoming appearance.

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The third and final town on the list of towns you will be informed about.

Welcome to the tiny town of Summitville.

Established in 1896 Summitville is small and average for the

towns in the mid-west with a church at its center. The mayor

takes care of all of his mayorly duties within his own home.

Racial segregation is still a major reality.

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As of the census of 1920, there were 263 people, 58

households, and 201 families residing in the town. The

population density was 2,023.6 people per square mile

(779.4/km²). There were 437 housing units at an average

density of 811.3 per square mile (312.5/km²). The racial

makeup of the town was 99.45% White, 0.28% African American

, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, and 0.09% from two or

more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the

population.

There were 58 households out of which 35.0% had children under

the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples

living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband

present, and 27.6% were non-families. 25.5% of all households

were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone

who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size

was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.6% under the

age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from

45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The

median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were

92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there

were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $6,303, and

the median income for a family was $8,500. Males had a median

income of $5,908 versus $2,382 for females. The per capita

income for the town was $4,311. About 5.2% of families and

7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including

14.6% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

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Welcome to the quaint little town of Selma with a population of 245

and located just outside of the city of Muncie, Selma did not get

as lucky and the railroad bypassed the town.

Established in 1845 Selma is older than Muncie, smaller than Muncie,

and less successful than Muncie. Luckily for the city though it has

one of the most beautiful churches in the region.

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As of the census of 1920, there were 245 sims, 50 households, and

37 families residing in the town. The population density was 537.2 people

per square mile (399.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.84% White,

0.57% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific

Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 0.34% of

the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 50 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18

living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a

female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.0%

of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living

alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59

and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.8%

from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65

years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there

were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $8,423, and the median income

for a family was $12,357. Males had a median income of $10,333 versus $2,625

for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,361. 4.7% of the

population and 4.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total

population, 7.1% of those under the age of 18 and 3.8% of those 65 and older

were living below the poverty line.

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Muncie, the teaser

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Welcome to downtown Muncie where the Modern Age and the Victorian Era lives hand in hand. Established in 1865 the city has grown exponentially since then.

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Without the railroad, this city wouldn't survive

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