Back in 2016 Anne and I visited the Indiana State House on the occasion of our state bicentennial and enjoyed the up-close look at where our local government met and worked in easier times before work-from-home became a survival option and later became simply the latest fashion. Before our centrally situated hometown of Indianapolis became the official workplace of the governor and all the rest, Hoosiers reported to the State House’s prequel structure near our southern border.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
In addition to our annual road trips, my wife Anne and I have a twice-yearly tradition of spending our respective birthdays together traveling to some new place or attraction as a short-term road trip — partly as an excuse to spend time together on those most wondrous days, partly to explore areas we’ve never experienced before. We’re the Goldens. It’s who we are and what we do.
In October 2022 Anne turned 52. Indiana offers no shortage of tourist attractions for history aficionados like her. We’ve visited quite a few of those over the years, but this year we felt it was time to check off one of the Hoosier State’s biggest trivia answers: Corydon, our original state capital before Indianapolis…
Before the white settlers who overtook the land were granted statehood, Harrison County was established in 1808 and named after Indiana Territory governor and local landowner William Henry Harrison (whose Presidential burial site we visited in Ohio on our way home from Cincinnati Comic Expo 2016). In 1813 Corydon took over as the Territory capital from Vincennes (which we visited for fun during the pandemic). In 1816 our first State Capitol building was built for the princely sum of $3,000, which afforded 2½-foot-thick walls made from blue limestone up to a modest two stories. Its original purpose was to serve as the county courthouse, but the state’s General Assembly and Supreme Court did their business there till 1825, when the seat of government was transferred up here to Indy.
Corydon remains the proud home of the Old State Capitol, which can be toured at set times. We politely opted out, preferring to keep our day loose and free of confining appointments. That choice would end up spoiling one of our later sightseeing attempts, but in the morning we were content to walk around the town square and its collection of points of interest.
(Fun trivia: the O’Bannons sold the Democrat to the Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group, notorious for buying up Indiana newspapers and gutting them. Ask locals about the once-resourceful journalists of all sizes at Crawford County’s Clarion News, the Dubois County Herald, the Paoli News-Republican, and the Springs Valley Herald, among an awful lot of others. To be fair, they not preying just in Indiana, either.)
To be continued! Other chapters in this very special miniseries: