Montgomery County, Indiana, Through Time is an overview of the eleven townships that make up a county whose recorded history extends back to the 1820s.
Montgomery County’s largest town, Crawfordsville, is the county seat and sits at the center of all, in its largest and most populated township, Union. Union township is encircled by the other ten county townships, each with its own local interest and varying geography.
Some townships retain many reminders of their long history in their towns and the number of residents. Other townships saw settlements and residents come and go, and a few areas are as sparsely populated as they were in the first decades of the nineteenth century.
But every township contributed in some way to the formation of Montgomery County and deserves its place in any examination of this unique region that acted as a gateway—and often a stopping point—for the settlement of America’s Midwest.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
William P. Helling has resided in Montgomery County, Indiana, since 1986 and has never tired of discovering the rich heritage of this area. As a long-time librarian of the Crawfordsville District Public Library, he has been fortunate to be associated since 1999 with an ongoing project to digitize the county’s local history collection. William is dedicated to preserving the past of a county he has called home for so many years. He hopes that this current work will inspire others to work to protect county history and culture so that we can pass it on to future generations.