Noblesville is a city in and the county seat of Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, just north of Indianapolis. The population was 51,969 at the 2010 census making it the state’s 14th largest city/town, up from 19th in 2007. As of 2017 the estimated population was 61,882. The city is part of Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville, and Wayne townships. It is bordered to the north by Cicero, to the south by Fishers and Carmel, and to the west by Westfield. A narrow portion of Noblesville extends east to the Madison County line, where it is bordered by the town of Ingalls.
Noblesville is home to the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, an outdoor music venue.
Noblesville’s history dates to 1818 when the government purchased the land which is now Hamilton County from the Native Americans in this area. William Conner, the only settler living in the area at the time, and his wife Mekinges Conner, a Lenape woman, established the first trading post in central Indiana in 1802 and lived in the area’s first log cabin. William Conner and Josiah Polk laid out what is now downtown Noblesville in 1823, which was designated as the Hamilton County seat in 1824 and incorporated in 1851. Conner’s 1823 home is now one of a village of historic buildings that make up Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, a living history museum south of Noblesville in Fishers.
Noblesville was named either for James Noble, one of the first two US senators from Indiana, or, according to legend, for Lavina Noble of Indianapolis, to whom Josiah Polk was engaged.
The Peru and Indianapolis Railroad was completed through town in 1851, strengthening the town economically and causing the population to increase. In 1875 work began on the town’s second railroad, the Anderson, Lebanon and St. Louis, later known as the Midland.
The city’s first large growth period occurred during the Indiana gas boom, with the discovery in 1888 of Noblesville’s first natural gas well near 11th and Pleasant streets. Many Victorian homes, as well as most of the downtown commercial district, were built during this time of prosperity. The city has undergone another increase recently as its population grew from 28,590 in 2000 to 51,969 in 2010. This growth echoes the increase in population of much of southern Hamilton County due to its proximity to Indianapolis.
Noblesville was once noted for its flour mills, the mostly widely known of which was the Noblesville Milling Company, producer of Diadem and Kismet flours. In 1925, the manager of the company offered to buy uniforms for the local high school athletic team in exchange for the school adopting the nickname “Millers”. The nickname persists to this day.
The Noblesville School System has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.
The seven elementary schools, which have students in kindergarten through fifth grade are Hazel Dell Elementary, Hinkle Creek Elementary, Noble Crossing Elementary, North Elementary, Promise Road Elementary, Stony Creek Elementary, and White River Elementary.
Noblesville High School is the only high school in the district.
The centerpiece of downtown Noblesville is the Courthouse Square, the location of the Hamilton County Courthouse (completed in 1879) and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail (constructed in 1876). Both buildings are fabulous examples of the Second Empire style featuring mansard roofs. Sites and buildings in Noblesville that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Hamilton County Courthouse Square, the Catherine Street Historic District, Cole-Evans House, Conner Street Historic District, William Houston Craig House, Daniel Craycraft House, Dr. Samuel Harrell House, Holliday Hydroelectric Powerhouse and Dam, Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive No. 587, Noblesville Commercial Historic District, Noblesville Milling Company Mill, South 9th Street Historic District, Judge Earl S. Stone House, and Robert L. Wilson House.
All information about Noblesville courtesy of Wikipedia.
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