In May 1909 Crawfordsville hosted a large GAR encampment (Grand Army of the Republic -- a fraternal organization of Union army veterans). Parades and activities entertained up to 40,000 visitors. The downtown buildings were adorned with flags, and 7,000 light bulbs were hung among the structures to create a festive atmosphere. The visitors enjoyed the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which was erected in 1906 to honor all veterans.
The courthouse decorated for the event in May 1909.
These band members pose during the GAR festivities.