to many Indiana writers in the latter half of the nineteenth
century. In the 1880s, in fact, Crawfordsville was considered
the “Hoosier Athens,” because of its flourishing
literary and art community.
The two largest cities of the region, both in
the mid-1800s and today, are Terre Haute and Lafayette, which
established very different identities associated with the
land. For Terre Haute, in the latter half of the 1800s, coal
mining became an important industry; for West Lafayette, Purdue
University (established in 1869) became an important center
for agricultural advances on a national scale.
Relevant environmental terms/issues
William H. Gass
Caroline V. Krout
Mary H. Krout