Nappanee History Scavenger Hunt

Nappanee History Scavenger Hunt

Nappanee, Indiana 46550, United States

Created By: Nappanee Public Library

Tour Information

Match the buildings from Nappanee history to the current buildings of today. While traveling around town, visit each location and take a photo of the current building or business. Email the photos to or share them on Instagram and tag @nappaneehistory

Submit all 12 photos for a chance to win a Taste of Nappanee Basket.

Photos must be submitted by Friday, June 30, 2023.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Built 1937  The Nappanee Public Library (NPL) has its beginnings in June 1916 when the Thursday Club got behind the idea of a Public Library and donated $31.50. The first Library Board Meeting was held on May 6, 1919. In June 1920, they we... Read more
Built 1926  The Fairy Theater opened on August 9, 1926. They started work on the building on North Main Street in April of 1926. The building was done by Mr. Ed Wisler.  The original plans for the theater were a brick veneer, one story hi... Read more
Built 1900 The Hughes Building was built in 1900. The cost to build it was $10,000. John Hughes built it and was preparing to build another building on the corner of Lincoln and Main Street at the time of his death.  Mr. Hughes came to Ame... Read more
Built 1899 It was decided in 1899 to build the Dietrich block. There would be two rooms on Main Street and three rooms on Market Street. Henry Frazier planned and built it. At the time it was built, it had been thought that there was the po... Read more
Built 1930s  Huffman’s Bakery was started in 1893 by Ogden Huffman. His son Roy Huffman took over the business in 1917 when his father passed away. When they moved into their fireproof building in 1919, it had a flour elevator from the b... Read more
Built circa 1888 Samuel Betchel started to clear the way for the building of this building in 1887. He had purchased the land to build a place of business. He was already in business with his brothers and owned the Farmers and Traders Bank.... Read more
Built 1879 At one time the Hartman Brothers general store was one of the biggest general stores in Elkhart County. It was owned and managed by brothers Jacob, John, and Tobias. The store originally started in Hepton in 1871 with Jacob and ... Read more
Built 1908 Nappanee's second bank was organized in June 1907. For $500 the old Nappanee House and Annex were purchased. The hotel was moved and the building of the bank began. Two years after its organization, the bank moved into its statel... Read more
Built 1909  In 1909, John Keller purchased the old Rosbrugh livery barn at the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets. He had plans to construct a two-story building for an automobile garage and the second floor for a skating rink. The newspap... Read more
Built 1899 The Carriage Company was originally the Rupp Carriage Works. It had moved from Milford to Nappanee in 1891 and outgrew the original factory that they were in Nappanee.  Mr. Rupp, Miller, and Cosper entered into a partnership and... Read more
Built 1895 Located at 258 East Market Street, this home was built for John and Malinda Coppes and was designed by Henry Frazier. It was completed in 1895 and is a Queen Style home.  It featured a gorgeous wraparound porch, high-pitched roo... Read more
Built circa 1884  In 1882, John, Frank, and Samuel Coppes bought out John Mellinger's interest and took an equal share in the company. They changed the name from Mellinger and Coppes Brothers to just Coppes Brothers. They made boxes exclus... Read more


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