Marengo, a historical town established in 1835, has a long, rich history of summer enjoyment.
Above is a photo of downtown Marengo long before motorized vehicles. Photo Courtesy of Lance Stroud
Marengo first celebrated "The Marengo Fair" in 1891 with a well-established business community. The Marengo Fair was an attraction of many years into the 1950s at the Marengo Fairgrounds, with notables like Porter Wagoner making an appearance in front of the grandstands on the hillside. Folks came from miles away to take part in the festivities, watching such activities as harness races on a half-mile track, seeing farmer and housewives exhibits with sidewalk side shows and rides, not to mention much fellowship between family and friends. Through the latter half of the 20th century, Marengo has carried on the annual fireworks display up until the present.
The charming hills of Marengo will capture your interest with the historical Marengo Cave on the National Register of Historic Places. Marengo Cemetery is located next to Marengo Cave and has several newly added military tombstones of War of 1812 patriots who have been honored by the local DAR chapter. The Proctor House on the east edge of Marengo proves to be of great historical value that must be visited along with its annual yard sales near Fourth of July events.
The local historical society also erected a state marker noting the important Marengo Academy established in 1869, which certainly put Marengo on the map for promoting education in Southern Indiana.
Marengo even has a connection with the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, when his father, Thomas Lincoln, visited his brother, Josiah, near Depauw in 1815 before heading west and stopping near Big Springs (Marengo) to find work for a short period of time, then moving on the old trail toward Spencer County.
The historical hills of Marengo would make a great visit to enjoy Crawford County hospitality.
Editor's note: Lance Stroud is a Crawford County native and retired teacher.