Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Lost Towns of Illinois - Crawfordsville, Illinois.

Crawfordsville was situated on the line between Montgomery and Honey Creek Townships. 

The first record found of this place was when Edward Allison built a water mill in about 1830. Allison sold to a man named Kiger, who in turn sold to H. Martin, a son of John Martin, who came to the county in 1811. 

He built an ox mill and, later, a steam mill. H. Martin kept a blacksmith shop until about 1855. Elijah Nuttalls established a general store and several others had stores during different time periods. 

It was known as Martin's mill during this time, but when a post office was established, it was called Crawfordsville. Samson Taylor was the first postmaster. The post office was moved to Flat Rock when that town was laid out after the railroad came through. A woolen mill was connected with the steam mill about 1870 and operated until 1879 when it permanently closed.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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