Indiana: Hamilton County

Hamilton County (pop. 274,569) is south of Tipton County and just north of Indianapolis. It’s one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S., and is Indiana’s fourth-largest county in population.

It is one of 10 Hamilton counties in the U.S., and one of the eight named for Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

The county seat of Hamilton County is the city of Noblesville. Its population grew from 7,548 in 1970 to 51,969 in 2010.

Hamilton County Courthouse (1879)

The former First Christian Church (1896) in Noblesville contains law offices. It is now known as the Adler Building.

The Klipsch Music Center (1989) is an outdoor amphitheater in Noblesville, with a seating capacity of 24,000. It’s the largest outdoor music venue in the Indianapolis area.

View from the lawn

The Indiana Transportation Museum, in Noblesville, has excursion trains on 34 miles of former Nickel Plate Line track.

Leviathan #63

Noblesville was long known as a center of flour-milling. The sports teams at Noblesville High School are still known as the Millers.

The Hamilton County Museum of History is in the Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail (1876).

Second Empire style

The city of Westfield (pop. 30,068) is the home of the 400-acre Grand Park sports complex, with 31 soccer/football fields and 26 baseball/softball diamonds.

Mainly for travel teams

Carmel (pop. 79,732) is the fifth-largest city in Indiana. Its population in 1960 was 1,442. Carmel is the home of the Museum of Miniature Houses.

Since 1993

Carmel is the unofficial “Roundabout Capital of the United States,” with about 80 roundabouts that have replaced traffic signals.

Fewer accidents

Carmel is also the home of the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by Michael Feinstein in 2007. The Songbook Exhibit Gallery is open to the public.

The Foundation is located within Carmel’s 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall, which opened in 2011.

A home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Carmel and the neighboring city of Fishers are often rated among the best places to live in the U.S.A., in magazines such as “Money” and “Forbes.” The population of Fishers grew from 628 in 1970 to 76,794 in 2010.


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