Charlestown

Charlestown was established in 1808, named after one of its surveyors, Charles Beggs, upon 300 acres, of which 3 acres was designated for a town square. It was established one mile northeast of Springville, and was responsible for Springville's demise.

Milling was important to the town, as the first mill was built in the area, onFourteen Mile Creek, in 1804. This mill would be abandoned when John Work built a mill by use of a tunnel in 1814. Today, that mill is part of the Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation.

From 1811-1878 Charlestown was the county seat of Clark County, but asJeffersonville had surpassed it economically, the county seat reverted to Jeffersonville in 1878.

In 1818 the first Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons in Indiana met in Charlestown, due to Jonathan Jennings' influence.

In 1940 the population of Charlestown was 900, but it swelled to 13,400 due to the building and operation of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP). This created a housing problem, as chicken, wood, and wash houses had to house all the new residents who flocked to the area for the jobs created by the INAAP. Additional problems caused by the rapid influx of new residents was improper sanitation at restaurants, inefficient sewers, gambling, panhandling, and diseases such as typhoid and malaria.

In 2014 the city announced they would be applying for a grant to redevelop Pleasant Ridge Subdivision, an impoverished area within the city. Some residents of the Pleasant Ridge Subdivision formed an association to fight against demolishing their homes via eminent domain.[8] The City Council did not call for a vote on the issue and the grant issue failed.

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Updated: 13th December, 2018 10:20 PM.