In April of 1837, the city of Carmel, Indiana was established,but under the name of Bethlehem by John Felps (Phelps), Alexander Mills, SethGreen, & Daniel Warren.
In the 1820’s the early settlers were drawn to theland by because of the huge natural opportunities. The land was flat to make their home. The area was mainly used for hunting grounds untilthe settlers arrived.
This land was originally inhabited by the Delaware /MiamiIndians. Starting out as fourteen plots of land, this Quaker town graduallydeveloped, taking off with the fur trading economy. A general store was builtin 1837, eight years later the first schoolhouse was built, then in 1846 a postoffice, but residents were notified that the U.S.
Post Office already hadanother town registered by the name of Bethlehem in Indiana. In 1874, by areferendum vote of 33 in favor & 12 against, the town was officiallyincorporated & adopted the name “Carmel”. It was not until 1883when the Monon Railroad was laid through the town that the economy exploded.
The rails allowed for quick transportation of crop goods. The road expansion ofthe 1960’s created a huge boom for the city. In the next decade, Carmel annexedtwenty-one properties & still continues expanding to this day.Today some well-known parks are the Cool Creek Park which isa popular place for people to hang out & see a band perform. Another other park is Flowing Well Park whichis also a favorite among the community as well, although it might not be big orimpacting it has a lot of people that love to visit it. Another huge part of Carmel is the Arts &Design District, also known as downtown Carmel.
This area is hugely popularamong families & teens to hang out & has been recently renovated tocreate a commercial, small town village feel. In this area, there is the Public Library which is another place thatpeople love to visit & spend their time in downtown Carmel. The Monon Center is a large outdoor waterpark with many indoor pools & a fitness center that the community of Carmelgreatly enjoys. This center connects tothe Monon Trails which replaced the Monon railroads & is now used toexercise on or enjoy leisurely.
Carmel’s most popular location though isprobably Clay Terrace. Located ideallyalong Keystone Parkway which is a major road that connects nearly everything inCarmel together, it is a booming mall that is visited by everyone in the areafor anything they need.