The Fascinating History of Carmel, Indiana

Carmel, Indiana is 14 miles north of Indianapolis and part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Learn about its rich history from National Candy Day to Bill McShane's nickname.

The Fascinating History of Carmel, Indiana

Carmel, Indiana, located in Hamilton County, is 14 miles north of Indianapolis and part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. It was established in 1846 when Indiana already had a post office called Bethlehem. The city was originally known as Bethlehem, but the name was changed to Carmel due to the already existing post office. The city of Carmel has a rich history that dates back to the McShane property and its growth as a travel stop on the road to Indianapolis.

It was a small community that was known for its many shade trees. The arrival of the railroad brought big changes to Carmel and it soon became a leading supplier of coal, cement, tile, harnesses and other products through the Carmel Supply Company in the 1920s to 1940s. Sports journalists gave Bill McShane, a local athlete, several nicknames such as Carmel Meteor, Blazing Bill, Bullet Bill and Carmel's One-Man Track Team. However, the one that stuck was the Carmel Comet.

He raced for three coaches in four years and trained on grass because Carmel didn't have a track. In honor of National Candy Day on Wednesday, the good people at Werther's Original Caramels convinced Carmel officials to change the name of the city for 24 hours to Caramel. They also invited candy lovers to enjoy fun, games and candy candy on Wednesday. Over the past two months, Carmel residents have raised money for aid to Ukraine and sent medical supplies abroad through a non-profit organization called Indiana Supports Ukraine.

In August, they hope to organize a Ukrainian festival with food, dance and music together with the organization Indiana Supports Ukraine.As Carmel continues to evolve, it's important to pause and appreciate where the city comes from and honor its humble origins.

Lorene Batteiger
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