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Bloomington and Indiana University Eliza Steelwater

Bloomington and Indiana University

Eliza Steelwater

Published May 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780738519401
Paperback
128 pages
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Bloomington and Indiana University were linked from the start, grew up together, and still share joys and sorrows 180 years after their founding. The many vintage photographs in this pictorial history bring to life both historical ambiance andMoreBloomington and Indiana University were linked from the start, grew up together, and still share joys and sorrows 180 years after their founding. The many vintage photographs in this pictorial history bring to life both historical ambiance and transformation in town and gown from the late 1800s to the present. When Monroe County was organized in southern Indiana in 1818, hilly, thickly-wooded Bloomington became the county seat. The first courthouse was a log cabin, and 30 families made up the town. Six years later, when Bloomingtons population had increased to 500, Indianas first public institution of higher learning opened with ten students and a single professor. It would grow to become Indiana University, and start building its present campus in 1884. Bloomington prospered during these decades through the presence of IU, as many as 40 industries, and its growing production of limestone. The towns Beaux Arts courthouse building (1907) and IUs wooded central campus form Bloomingtons signature twin landmarks. Around them lie many distinctive neighborhoods, a now-extensive campus with Big Ten sports arenas, and a picturesque countryside that draws bicyclists from across the nation.