In April of 1837, the town of Carmel, Indiana was established, but under the name of Bethlehem by John Felps, Alexander Mills, Seth Green, & Daniel Warren. In the 1820’s the early settlers were attracted to the land due to the huge opportunities naturally. The land was perfect to make their home with how flat it was. The area was originally used for hunting grounds until Quaker settlers arrived later. This land was originally inhabited by the Delaware /Miami Indians. Starting out as fourteen plots of land, this Quaker town gradually developed, taking off with the fur trading economy. A general store was built in 1837, eight years later the first schoolhouse was built, then in 1846 a post office, but the populaces were informed that the U.S. Post Office already had another town in Indiana that was registered under the name of Bethlehem. In 1874, by a referendum vote of thirty three to twelve, the town was officially integrated & adopted the name “Carmel”. It was not until 1883 when the Monon Railroad was laid through the town that the economy exploded. The rails allowed for quick transportation of crop goods. The road expansion of the 1960’s created a huge boom for the city. In the next decade, Carmel annexed twenty-one properties & still continues expanding to this day.
Today some well-known parks are the Cool Creek Park which is a popular place for people to hang out & see a band perform. Another other park is Flowing Well Park which is also a favorite among the community as well, although it might not be big or impacting it has a lot of people that love to visit it. Another huge part of Carmel is the Arts & Design District, also known as downtown Carmel. This area is hugely popular among families & teens to hang out & has been recently revamped to create a more commercialized, small town feel. In this area, there is the Public Library which is another place that people love to visit & spend their time in downtown Carmel. The Monon Center is a large outdoor water park with many indoor pools & a fitness center that the community of Carmel greatly enjoys. This center connects to the Monon Trails which replaced the Monon railroads & is now used to exercise on or enjoy leisurely. Carmel’s most popular location though is probably Clay Terrace. Located ideally along Keystone Parkway which is a major road that connects nearly everything in Carmel together, it is a booming mall that is visited by everyone in the area for anything they need.