Thursday, October 31, 2013

Crawfordsville's 1800's mercantile ... Burk family

In the mid 1800's the John Burk Family (sons: John, Oliver and Jeremiah) ran a dry goods business.  This photo is believed to be of this building. The business was in two different locations: originally the mercantile was located at the corner of Pike and Green, but, was later located at the corner of Walnut and Market.  Vital statistic records show that John Burk died in 1866 at the age of 73 years.  Photographs like this help determine locations of numerous buildings (notice the gentleman in the background at another business - which is possibly the Willis Grocery Store) in our county.


  1. Would that have been the southeast corner of Walnut and Market? I'm assuming that's true because there were not two-story brick buildings on the west side of Walnut --at least before 1960. The question, of course, is whether there's a street between the market building and the brick building.

  2. That is what the back of the photo says - the business had been in more than one location too.