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Martinsville, Indiana

Martinsville, Indiana
City of Martinsville
An aerial photograph of Martinsville in June 2006, taken looking northwest.
An aerial photograph of Martinsville in June 2006, taken looking northwest.
Nickname(s): "Goldfish Capital of the World"

Location in the state of Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Morgan
 • Mayor Phil R. Deckard (R)
 • Total 4.51 sq mi (11.68 km2)
 • Land 4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)  0.44%
Elevation 604 ft (184 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 11,828
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 11,831
 • Density 2,634.3/sq mi (1,017.1/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46151
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-47448[4]
GNIS feature ID 0438684[5]
Website .gov.IN.Martinsvillewww

Martinsville is a city in and the Indiana;[6] the population was 11,828 at the 2010 United States Census.


Martinsville was founded in 1822. It is said to be named for John Martin, a county commissioner.[7]

The Morgan County courthouse, completed in 1859, features a red brick and Italianate design. This is one of very few pre-Civil War courthouses existing in Indiana. Built by Perry Magnus Blankenship. Architect Isaac Hodgson designed the courthouse. Hodgson designed six Indiana courthouses including Jennings County (1859), Morgan County (1857), Henry County, Bartholomew County (1871), and his largest in Marion County, in Indianapolis.

In 1899, Eugene Shireman, a Martinsville entrepreneur, turned his swamp land into fisheries and started Grassyfork Fisheries.[8] Once dubbed the "Goldfish Capital of the World", today Martinsville has several large fisheries that sell fish to many parts of the world. Shireman's actions changed the landscape of the Martinsville area, and his fisheries can be seen today throughout Shireman subdivision. Martinsville is also home to other fisheries.

From 1888 until 1968, visitors sought out the many artesian mineral water health spas, which were called sanitariums then of Martinsville for health benefits. Over the course of nearly 100 years, almost a dozen sanitariums were in operation for various periods of time, including the first black spa in Martinsville.

Albert Merritt (1871–1958), beloved founder of the Boy's Club in Martinsville, born near Bowling Green, was the son of former slaves. He came to Martinsville Mineral Springs Sanitarium in the 1890s from a job as a porter at the Sennings Hotel in Louisville, and lived at the sanitarium for the rest of his life, never marrying. He worked with the children of Martinsville for fifty years, building a clubhouse on North Marion Street.[9] Merritt Park on the northwest end of town is named for Albert.

Visitors would travel by rail and road to bathe and refresh in the mineral springs and waters. Many luminaries visited Martinsville in the early 20th century to enjoy the mineral waters and spas for their perceived therapeutic and health restoring qualities.[10] On top of what used to be the National Sanitarium a refurbished neon sign still displays "Martinsville City of Mineral Water" as it did before.[11]

In 1892 the Old Hickory Furniture Company[12] was formed. The Morgan County Public Library’s Digital Archive has a collection of photographs of Old Hickory furniture including some displays for Marshall Field & Co.[13]

In recent years, Martinsville has an array of different businesses, with the court square district and downtown area being host to a number of locally-owned restaurants, bakeries, and shops, and areas like the Grand Valley Shopping Center and Artesian Square being host to a number of restaurants chains and retail shops.

Carol Jenkins was an African-American woman who was murdered in Martinsville on September 16, 1968. Jenkins was murdered by Ku Klux Klan member Kenneth Richmond. Richmond was not from Martinsville, but from a nearby community in Central Indiana.[14]


Martinsville is located at (39.423339, -86.423779).[15]

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city has a total area of 4.51 square miles (11.7 km2), of which 4.49 square miles (11.6 km2) (or 99.56%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 0.44%) is water.[1]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Martinsville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[16]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 11,828 people, 4,610 households, and 2,990 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,634.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,017.1/km2). There were 5,073 housing units at an average density of 1,129.8 per square mile (436.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 4,610 households of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 11,698 people, 4,621 households, and 3,086 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,620.6 people per square mile (1,012.7/km²). There were 4,880 housing units at an average density of 1,093.2 per square mile (422.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.62% White, 0.01% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 4,621 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,746, and the median income for a family was $40,304. Males had a median income of $31,215 versus $22,090 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,664. About 8.7% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.


  • Fall Foliage Festival[17]
  • Martinsville on the Square
  • Farmer's Market Day
  • Morgan County Fair[18]
  • Morgan County Relay for Life[19]


The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville administers the public schools of Martinsville. Elementary schools include Brooklyn Elementary, Centerton Elementary, Green Township Elementary, Paragon Elementary, Poston Road Elementary, Smith Elementary, and South Elementary. There are two middle schools that serve grades 6-8, Martinsville East and Martinsville West. Both feed into Martinsville High School.[20] There is also Hammons off-campus community school. Martinsville has one private school, Tabernacle Christian School, which has classes for preschool through twelfth grade.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files.  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Company. p. 81. 
  8. ^ Grassyfork Fisheries
  9. ^
  10. ^ Photographs of the sanitariums
  11. ^
  12. ^ Old Hickory
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  14. ^ Rodewald, Matt (May 9, 2002). "Suspect arrested in mystery". Indiana Daily Student. 
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  16. ^ Climate Summary for Martinsville, Indiana
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  18. ^
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  20. ^ "Metropolitan School District of Martinsville". Retrieved 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Martinsville's Daily Newspaper
  • MorganCountyTaxpayer.Org Martinsville's Online Citizen's Voice
  • Greater Martinsville Chamber of Commerce
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