In April of 1837, the town of Carmel, Indiana was established,but under the name of Bethlehem by John Felps, Alexander Mills, Seth Green, &Daniel Warren. In the 1820’s the early settlers were attracted to the land dueto the huge opportunities naturally.
The land was perfect to make their houseswith how level the land was. This area was originally used for hunting groundsuntil later pilgrims arrived and settled the area. This land was also formerly occupiedby the Delaware or Miami Native Americans. Beginning out as fourteen sections ofland, this Quaker town progressively industrialized, taking off with the fur tradeeconomy. A general store was built in 1837, eight years later the firstschoolhouse was built, then in 1846 a post office, but the populaces were informedthat the U.S. Post Office already had another town in Indiana that was registeredunder the name of Bethlehem. In 1874, by a referendum vote of thirty-three to twelve,the town was officially integrated & adopted the name “Carmel”.
It was not until 1883 when the Monon Railroad was laid through the town thatthe economy exploded. The rails allowed for quick transportation of crop goods.The road expansion of the 1960’s created a huge boom for the city. In the nextdecade, Carmel annexed twenty-one properties & still continues expanding tothis day.Today some well-known parks are the Cool Creek Park which isa popular place for people to hang out & see a band perform. Another other park is Flowing Well Park whichis also a favorite among the community as well, although it might not be big orimpacting it has a lot of people that love to visit it. Another huge part of Carmel is the Arts &Design District, also known as downtown Carmel. This area is hugely popularamong families & teens to hang out & has been recently revamped tocreate a more commercialized, small-town feel.
In this area, there is the Public Library which is another place thatpeople love to visit & spend their time in downtown Carmel. The Monon Center is a large outdoor waterpark with many indoor pools & a fitness center that the community of Carmelgreatly enjoys. This center connects tothe Monon Trails which replaced the Monon railroads & is now used toexercise on or enjoy leisurely. Carmel’s most popular location though isprobably Clay Terrace. Located ideallyalong Keystone Parkway which is a major road that connects nearly everything inCarmel together, it is a booming mall that is visited by everyone in the areafor anything they need.