Carmel Books

Want to know more about this history of Carmel? You’ve come to the right place! We have books on a variety of topics with lots of interesting pictures!

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From Bethlehem to Carmel – covers the time period 1822–1899. It begins with a chapter on Carmel’s Quaker roots. Their advocacy for education, abolitionism, peace and temperance largely shaped the culture in town for much of the nineteenth century. It also discusses the impact of the Civil War, tells the stories of the freedmen and freedwomen who made their home here after emancipation, and tells how the town developed during the Gilded Age. It concludes with the history of three forgotten towns—Mattsville, Sockum/Eldorado, and East Branch/Gray—and a history of the nineteenth century churches.

Greyhound Legends – the history of Carmel High School athletics from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s. Includes profiles on legendary teams, athletes and coaches, including Dick Nyers, Billy and Dave Shepherd, Mark Herrmann, Eric Clark, Dick Dullaghan and Jim Belden.

The Preacher and the Constable – the story/mystery of the shootout at the livery stable in 1900 that resulted in the deaths of “Cyclone” Johnson and constable Frank Carey.

Tales of the Twentieth Century – the story of how Carmel was shaped by the perils of the early twentieth century: World War I, the flu pandemic of 1918, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, the Great Depression and World War II, and emerged the state’s fastest-growing community.

Stories from the Boom Years – history of how the gas boom and improvements in technology and infrastructure transformed the town around the turn of the century. Includes stories about the Carmel Horse Show and the Great Fire and Flood of 1913.

Ketchum’s Town – a history of the Lenape village and people who lived in what is now Carmel. Includes the stories of George Ketchum, his mother-in-law Barbara Burget who was captured by Native Americans during the Revolutionary War, and a French Candian fur trader named John Brewitt.

Bethlehem and the Pioneer Settlements of Carmel – detailed account of pioneer life in Carmel, including profiles on some of the early pioneer families and a history of the different neighborhoods that developed during this era.

Curtis Bales and the Carmel Baseball Club – history of baseball in Carmel from the late-1800s to through the development of Carmel’s championship ball club in the early 1900s. It includes the story of Carmel’s star pitcher, Curtis Bales, and his time in the minor leagues.

The Early History of Carmel Schools – a detailed history of Carmel schools from 1830 to 1922 with pictures of the one-room schoolhouses.

The Story of Range Line Road – This book follows the development of the road from the pioneer days through the gravel road era to the town’s campaign to route the Dixie Highway along the road in the early 1900s. They were successful, but lost the highway less than a decade later. Learn how in this book!

A Century of the Railroad in Carmel – history of how the Monon and interurban railroads transformed Carmel.

A Town Divided – From 1833 to 1955, the town of Carmel was split between Clay and Delaware Township along Range Line Road. It caused a lot of problems. This book details the effort to consolidate Clay and West Delaware Township.

What Could Have Been – This book discusses projects in the Carmel’s early history that would have altered the development of the town had they been completed. The Indiana School for the Deaf, a state penitentiary, a state park, a large children’s home, and an extraordinary country club–they were all almost built here in Carmel! This book is only available at the Monon Depot.

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