Blackford’s greatest contribution to the development of the state’s jurisprudence came through his work as the first reporter of Indiana decisions.
New Albany promoted itself as the "real head of navigation on the Ohio-Mississippi system". But merchants never realized their steamboat dreams.
In 1840, Indiana's population was so concentrated in the south that one-half of the settlers lived within seventy-five miles of the Ohio River.
Two groups in particular saw a golden opportunity in Indiana's centennial celebration: conservationists and the good roads movement.