What a modern and accommodating city Crawfordsville must have been in 1908!
Why, we had eight livery, feed, and sale stables in town, along with a wagon and buggy supplier at 121-123 S. Washington (J.M. Thompson Insurance building). Four farriers worked here to serve your horses. The Crawfordsville Ice and Cold Storage on the corner of Franklin and Hocum (?) Streets could deliver ice to your home. For your smoking needs, five shops sold cigars (most in the LaRose on Main building). If you needed a trip out of town, you could buy your train tickets at the Big Four Station—corner of Washington and Franklin Street-- or at the Indiana Northern Traction Station located where Tri-County Bank building is at 224 E. Main Street. If it was Friday night, you could find fun at any of the seven billiard halls in town.
For other personal needs, there were 29 grocery stores located in Crawfordsville, along with two casket companies on West Main Street. One was located on the same property as the former Lew Wallace Inn.
Crawfordsville was quite famous at the time for having two brick factories--The Crawfordsville Shale Brick Co., located one mile north on the Monon line; and the Poston Paving Brick Company at E. College and Vandalia Streets.
workers at the Poston Brick FactoryCrawfordsville in 1908 must have been quite a bustling small city. Wouldn't you love to go back in time and visit some of these old places?