Historic Survey Books
The Whitley County Interim Report of the Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory is
a 72 page book published in May 2002 listing more than 1000 significant landmarks in Whitley County.
Copies of the Interim Report may be purchased for $15 from the following locations:
- Whitley County Historical Society Museum
- Columbia City Chamber of Commerce
- Bravo Baskets and Gifts in Columbia City
If you are interested in purchasing the book by mail, please send your name and address, along with a check for $15 plus $5 for shipping and handling to:
People Preserving History
P.O. Box 352
Columbia City, Indiana 46725
A grant for the Whitley County Survey was awarded to Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, using monies from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The data presented in the report reflect information available at a specific time. It is called an "Interim Report" because it is expected that further research will result in additions and corrections to the inventory. All interested parties are encouraged to contribute corrections or additional information to the Division of Historic preservation and Archaeology.
The survey data are used by governmental agencies and organizations involved in project planning and development to forewarn them if historic properties will be affected by their projects. The inventory and its summary report also serve to boost private citizens› awareness of the cultural heritage present in their own communities. The inventory also provides a permanent historical record of a county‘s resources at a particular point in time.
All roads in the county were driven and properties were inventoried. The surveyor looked for such things as buildings, bridges, markers, outbuildings meeting the Criteria for Evaluation for the National Register of Historic Places. Alterations or additions obliterating the historical and architectural integrity of buildings may have kept it from being included in the inventory. Properties were assessed in terms of their historical significance, architectural merit, environment and integrity before being placed in one of the rating categories (Outstanding, Notable and Contributing).
People Preserving History provided assistance in gathering historical information and photos for the book and sponsored educational and promotional events.