Friday, December 15, 2006

Granville, Indiana

Granville is an extinct town in Wayne Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. It was founded in 1834 by Thomas W. Treckett and Thomas Concannon on the south side of the Wabash and Erie Canal, just south of the Wabash River. The town was platted to contain 153 lots, a public square and several streets, with such names as Lafayette Street, Wabash Street and Mulberry Street. This plat is still in effect, with the lots and streets still visible in the county's GIS .

In 1850 the town's name changed to Weaton, after the local Wea Indians (some maps incorrectly labeled it as "Wheaton"), but the name later reverted again to Granville. The town flourished as a shipping center on the canal until the mid 1850s, when railroad competition caused both the town and the canal to decline. By 1878 Granville had virtually ceased to exist.

The cemetery east of the town and the nearby bridge across the Wabash River still bear the name of Granville.