History of Muncie
City Incorporated: 1865
City of Muncie Population: 67,430
The historic narrative has been provided at the courtesy of the following:
Indiana Department of Historic Preservation
Muncie, in Delaware County, is located approximately sixty miles northeast of Indianapolis and is bounded by Grant and Blackford Counties on the north, Jay and Randolph Counties on the east, Henry County on the south and Madison county on the west.
The County was named for the Delaware Indians, an Eastern tribe which was slowly pushed into Ohio and finally settled in east central Indiana during the 1770's. The Delaware Indians established several towns along the White River, among these Muncietown, near present day Muncie. In 1818, under the Treaty of St. Mary's Ohio the Delawares ceded their holdings in Indiana to the United States government and moved westward. In 1820, Delaware County was opened for settlement.
Excerpts below are from a letter written by Edmund F. Ball (Son of Edmund B. Ball, one of the original five Ball brothers who were a founding family of Muncie.)
"This memorial statue, sculpted by the distinguished artist, Cyrus Dallin, was first seen by my Mother in the Center Park of the City of Boston. It was named "The Appeal to the Great Spirit." It seemed to her to be most fitting for my father's memory because it expressed so many attributes and interests of her husband.
When my mother saw this statue, she was determined that this was the memorial for her husband she wanted, and this would be its location, on the banks of the river. And, as my mother was a very determined lady, the statue came to Muncie.
I'm sure my Mother and Father both would be pleased with the respect and honor which our citizens here respect and refer to this statue. It has become the community's emblem, symbol, signature-for lack of better words."