Bloomfield, Indiana

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Bloomfield is a town in Richland Township, Greene County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,542 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Greene County.[3]

Bloomfield is part of the Bloomington, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The area where Bloomfield is located has been inhabited by Native Americans since prehistory. Tribes that have lived in the area include the Miami tribe, Kickapoo, Piankeshaw and Wea. A settlement of Paleo-Indians have been excavated by Indiana University and Ball State University research teams near the confluence of Richland Creek and the White River north of Bloomfield. [1][2][3][4] [5] [6].

The town of Bloomfield was created in 1824 when Greene County needed a new county seat due to the lack of a reliable water source for the town of Burlington. Burlington was located north of Bloomfield near present-day Worthington, IN.

The town's first structure was the Greene County Courthouse, a log structure, in the center of town. The current courthouse, a brick structure built in the late 19th century, stands at the same location. An expansion and renovation project was completed in 2008.

In 1824, Peter Cornelius Van Slyke donated land to Greene County for the purpose of establishing a new county seat [7]. Van Slyke was born on the Mohawk River in Schenectady County, New York, on April 5, 1766. He migrated to southern Indiana in 1816. Van Slyke was a veteran of the War of 1812 and died on September 25, 1834.

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