The City of DelphiThe City of Delphi is the county seat and the only city in Carroll County. Delphi is home to the a large network of parks and trails, numerous shops, restaurants, and heritage and cultural attractions. In Delphi's earliest days, it was known for its large pork-packing business, and now it hosts the county's largest employer Indiana Packers Corporation, just south of the city.
Delphi's history has been greatly influenced by various forms of transportation. The Wabash River and Deer Creek--both important waterways--traverse the City. The first state highway from Terre Haute to Fort Wayne was routed through Delphi in 1828. Stagecoach and mail routes came through Delphi. The Wabash & Erie Canal also had a big influence on all aspects of life in Delphi. The Canal Era waned following the arrival of the railroads in 1858. Later on the electric Interurban rail service connected Delphi to points east and west.
Delphi's downtown has many architecturally and historically significant three- and four-story buildings dating from the 1850s through the early 1900s. The commercial district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Delphi Courthouse Square Historic District in 2010. Residential areas also include many fine historic homes. Both business and residential architecture and construction were influenced by the wealth of merchants and tradesmen during the Canal Era from the 1840s to the early 1870s.
In 2012 Delphi was selected as a Stellar Community by the State of Indiana resulting in grants of nearly $1.6 million for projects to revitalize the downtown commercial district. Among these projects were:
- faςade rehabilitations on 40+ downtown buildings;
- pedestrian-friendly streetscapes with traffic bumpouts, sidewalk pavers and historic lighting;
- infrastructure enhancements to provide adequate water supply to the downtown for upper-story development;
- gateway and trail development establishing a hiking-biking trail from East Washington Street to the Wabash & Erie Canal Park.
In addition to the historic and cultural assets in Delphi's downtown is the Wabash & Erie Canal Park and Interpretive Center just 10 blocks north of the Square. A heritage tourism attraction, Canal Park celebrates the role the canal played in the mid 1800s through 1870. A replica boat "The Delphi" takes passengers on a re-watered section of the canal. Canal life is further explored with cabins and shops that dot the park setting. Inside the Interpretive Center, a world-class museum awaits tourists.