History of Earl Park, Indiana
Earl Park is a town located in Richland township, Benton County Indiana. Founded in 1872, the community was named for Adams Earl, landowner and developer. Current population approximately 500. Elevation 798 ft.
Adams Earl and Moses Fowler were prominent Lafayette businessmen and land developers. Earl Park's neighbor, Fowler Indiana is named after Moses Fowler. The Tippecanoe County Historical Museum at 909 South Street in Lafayette is the original Fowler mansion. The Adams Earl mansion was destroyed by a fire in the 1960s. This ten acre estate was known as Fountain Grove and was located in Lafayette on Union street where Union and Salem street intersect. Currently, the Earlhurst business park.
This photo is of Adams Earl circa 1872. Read more history and see the Adams Earl Biography
The 1972 Earl Park Centennial Celebration was the first annual fall festival.
The Earl Park Fall festival Labor day weekend.
A special thank you to Cheryl Gentry for submitting her collection of Vintage Earl Park photos to this website.
edward c. sumner
Edward C. Sumner
E.C. Sumner was a noted Indiana Cattle baron. After purchasing Topeneebee's reserve in 1846, his land holdings were 36,000 acres.
His statue stands in the center of his family plot on high ground in the Earl Park cemetery. He faces to the South with a view of the prairie that extends for many miles.
An inscription reads:
"Sumner in stone, contemplates what in life he once owned."
Matilde Moisant. Pioneer aviatrix and the second woman in the USA to receive a pilot's license! Born in Earl Park 1878. Died in 1964.