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Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana

The Wabash, Indiana Wabash County Courthouse sits up on a hill overlooking the downtown.

Well over one hundred years ago, this Wabash County Courthouse was also the site of a very big event!

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana

The below is taken from the Wabash Weekly Plain Dealer Friday, April 9, 1880 article.

I think it’s safe to say that someone sure thought highly of that group of folks! What high praise!

“The above estimate is also made on carbons for all night long every night in the year while if the full moon nights are deducted the engine and light will have to be used more than 300 actual nights per year thus bringing the actual cost of lighting the entire city down to about $800, per year.

These are figures proven by actual test and they cannot be disputed and when every tax payer has carefully perused them he will heartily applaud and endorse the action of the Council, which has shown itself to be the most careful and judicious body of men in the state as well as the most enterprising.”

First Electrically Lighted City

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana

In 1880, a crowd excitedly gathered at the Wabash County Courthouse. With one flip of the switch it was official: Wabash became the first electrically lighted city in the world!

Today, you can step inside the courthouse today and find a display of a brush arc lamp in the lobby. Set inside a lighted case, you can read a bit of the history before continuing on in your exploration.

It is one of the original lamps used back when Wabash became the first electrically lighted city in the world! Is that a neat piece of Indiana history here or what?

Keep poking around and enjoy the fine woodwork, tin ceilings, and little details. Make your way to the second floor–you’ll notice something unique about one of the rooms! Stay tuned to catch the image later on.

Go There

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana Brush Arc Lamp

Wabash County Courthouse in Wabash, Indiana Brush Arc Lamp

This is  an easy Indiana attraction to fit in as long as you remember you can only visit during the week! Government hours, remember?

It’s a great look back at Indiana history. Just put on your walking shoes. Wabash is a hilly town–even the courthouse sits at the top of a good hill.

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Wabash County Courthouse
Intersection of West Hill St at North Wabash Street
Wabash, Indiana 46992

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner, Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS and Publisher of the little Indiana Quarterly magazine. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 7 and 3) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

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