Column: 1820 ‘hunting’ trip bagged location for Hoosier capital

Anyone who’s ever served on a committee can relate to the old laugh line: A committee is a group of people who keep minutes and waste hours.

Such was not the case, however, in 1820 when 10 Hoosier men were named to a committee to find a new state capital. They were focused, efficient and prescient.

Traveling from different counties in southern Indiana, they met at the home of William Conner on the west fork of White River near present-day Noblesville. From there they headed out to scour the middle section of the state.

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