A History of Napoleon, Indiana

A History of Napoleon, Indiana

Named for Napoleon Bonaparte, the town of Napoleon was platted in 1820, the second town in Ripley County, Indiana. Early in its history, Napoleon was a center of transportation and an important hub in the Underground Railroad. Berry’s Trace, the Michigan Road and the Brookville/Napoleon Road connected the village to distant towns in Indiana as well as with the new state capitol in Indianapolis.


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Table of Contents

Napoleon, Indiana – Page 1
Historical Background – Page 3
Colonial American Time Line – A Brief History – Page 3
March to Statehood – Indiana Time Line – Page 39
Ripley County Time Line – Page 74
Indiana Fauna – Page 91
Indiana Flora – Page 92
Indiana Forests – Page 97
Indiana Geology – Page 104
Shawnees in Indiana – Page 106
Pioneer Lifestyle – Page 110
Jackson Township – Page 121
Laughery Creek – Page 122
Napoleon Bonaparte – Page 127
Napoleon History Time Line – Page 130
A Brief History of Napoleon – Page 133
Napoleon National Register of Historic Places – Page 137
Napoleon Historic Bridges – Page 139
Napoleon Historic Markers – Page 141
Napoleon Auto Tours – Page 151
Underground Railroad in Ripley County – Page 157
Napoleon Fire Department – Page 162
Fireman’s Picnic – Page 164
Napoleon Civic and Social Organizations – Page 166
Napoleon Businesses – Page 174
Napoleon Cemeteries – Page 199
Jackson Township School Districts – Page 205
Napoleon Churches – Page 207
Napoleon Post Office – Page 259
Roads, Highways and Transportation – Page 262
Napoleon Famous and Notable People – Page 270
Acknowledgements – Page 274
About the Author – Page 289
Mossy Feet Books Catalogue – Page 290
Sample Chapter – Page 291
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