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Christmas in pioneer Indianapolis was a private and almost invisible holiday.
A well-respected lawyer was almost run out of Salem, Indiana for a Fourth of July address advocating for a property tax increase to support public education.
Peru, Indiana bills itself as the Circus Capital of the World, and rightly so.
Although these observances predate it, the Pekin celebration is noteworthy for having recurred annually since its inception in 1830, when several families gathered for the 54 th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Though Pekin was platted on the south side of the Blue River in 1831, within twenty years a station for passengers traveling on the New Albany and Salem Railroad was built on the river’s more level north side.